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LAPD Tells Citizens to Just “Comply” With Robbers

The LAPD tweeted a press release on November 8 that told citizens to cooperate and comply with robbers after a spike in robberies occurred in the city. Most of their advice is sound. There is one section, however that sparked a backlash: “If you are being robbed, do not resist the robbery suspects; cooperate and comply with their demands. Be a good witness.” It’s difficult to be a “good witness” if you’re dead.

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Criminals should have something to fear. They should have to worry about whether they’re going to get shot. But California is literally gun control central.

California is one of the most stringently gun-controlled states in the Union. The state has had universal background checks and an “assault weapons” ban since the 1990s.

Moreover, the state limits the number of guns law-abiding citizens can buy each month, requires law-abiding citizens to show “good cause” in order to be approved for a concealed carry permit, bans campus carry for self-defense, bans K-12 teachers from having guns for classroom defense, has a ten-day waiting period on gun purchases, has gun registration requirements for law-abiding citizens, has a red flag law, and the state also has a ban on “high-capacity” magazines (which is currently being litigated).

Additionally, California has ammunition controls which include background checks for ammunition purchases and said purchases to in-state ammunition dealers who are approved by the state.

AWR Hawkins at Breitbart

So in spite of all the gun control, now they’re experiencing a spike in robberies. Color me shocked. Liberals will never understand that gun control does not work because criminals do not obey the law. Plus, in California, there are shortages of dispatchers, officers, and a massive disconnect with the politicians running the state. Shoplifting has few consequences in the state at all, and bail is mandated to be set at $0 for most offenses (there is a list of exceptions), and robbery is not on the exception list. So it appears that citizens are just S.O.L.

  • “How about easing the restrictions to obtain a ccw, and encouraging training for responsible gun owners?” Jake T. on Twitter
  • “I’m glad I don’t live in Commiefornia anymore. I live in a Constitutional carry state. Someone tries to rob me it will probably be the last mistake they ever make.” William K. on Twitter
  • “Don’t forget the “however”…shortage of dispatchers, longer response times AND a DA who is pro-criminal! This message will encourage more robberies. Just like in San Francisco, crime does pay.” Gabriel R on Twitter

Many businesses have the compliance rule written into their employment agreements. If the robber is armed, whether you comply is a matter of personal judgment. A robber may not simply want your wallet or purse. They may not take what they want and walk calmly away – especially if they are armed. Women can be beaten and/or raped by someone who “just wants your purse.” Men can be murdered on the spot. The LAPD advice sheet is full of great advice on paying attention to your surroundings, writing things down before you forget them, etc. But comply with a robber? Perhaps not.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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