The State can’t Protect you, …but it doesn’t want You to Protect YOURSELF, either

Two news items, both from Oregon, and both dealing with the right and ability to defend yourself. Apparently, the fine folks in Oregon are intent on having you as defenseless as possible.

The first one is from a week or so back, and received scant attention before the Memorial Day Weekend. From

911 emergencyAn Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place, because of budget cuts.

Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.

“Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,” the 911 dispatcher told the woman. “You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, …can you ask him to go away?


The woman told the dispatcher that Bellah previously attacked her and left her hospitalized a few weeks prior to the latest incident. The dispatcher stayed on the phone with the woman for more than 10 minutes, …before the sexual assault took place.

Ridiculous, …and incredibly tragic.

Police say Bellah choked the woman and sexually assaulted her. He was arrested by Oregon State Police following the incident.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t have another victim,” Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilberson told Oregon Public Radio. “If you don’t pay the bill, you don’t get the service.”

Ridiculous, tragic, and now …infuriating.

protect-and-serve 1“If you don’t pay the bill…”? Who’s “you“? I’m guessing the Josephine county citizenry is paying its share of taxes, so what’s Gilberson really saying?

And how, pray tell, could Oregon’s sheriffs not have money in their budget to do their most basic of duties: you know, that whole “Protect and Serve” thing?

Oh, you’re just gonna’ LOVE the answer:

The sheriff’s department had to cut 23 deputies and the entire major crimes unit after it lost a multi-million dollar Federal subsidy, according to Oregon Public Radio. There are now only six deputies left.

The sheriff’s department even put out a press release warning domestic violence victims to “consider relocating to an area with adequate law enforcement services.”

And there’s the rub. Oregon had previously become dependent upon the largesse of the FEDERAL government to fund its sheriffs. When that FEDERAL funding dried up, they no longer had sufficient money to perform their only essential function.

Failure and Success SignsThis is a travesty, but completely typical of what happens when a state succumbs to the siren song of Federal funds. By offloading the cost for critical services, they voluntarily abdicated control to the Feds and utterly failed their constituents.

Mark my words: we’ll all see advice along the lines of “consider relocating to an area with adequate law enforcement services” many more times going forward. Just change the “adequate law enforcement services” to “approved Health Care providers“: this will be the default response when Obamacare gets going.

Why wouldn’t it be? It’s the same situation, and it will ultimately result in the exact same response, for the exact same reasons.


If your blood pressure isn’t up to ‘stroke’ level quite yet, try this on for size.

From Allahpundit over at HotAir:

Quote from Allah:

“Kinsella was jailed on four outstanding warrants, which include burglary and assault. Thompson’s now being booked on three charges himself: Unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and menacing(!).

Why the local DA would invite the terrible PR involved in prosecuting a veteran for firing a harmless shot at a potentially dangerous criminal who was, apparently, behaving suspiciously on his property, I have no idea. You’d want to charge him if he had a history of firing unnecessarily at people; there’s nothing in any of the stories I’ve read to suggest that Thompson does.

Oregon, man…”

So let me understand: the state of Oregon has admitted that (A) it doesn’t have the ability to defend your safety or property, unless Uncle Sugar bumps up its weekly allowance, and (B) that it doesn’t want you to defend YOURSELF, either.

question-mark-crop2_resized_640x480Huh? Does any of this sound like a coherent plan or strategy for a free and civil society?

To committed Statists, yeah, I’m pretty sure it does. To anyone else: not so much.


When freedom-loving individuals say “Let’s Take Our Country Back!”, Statists and Leftists often snarkily retort “Take it Back from Whom?“, suggesting that those who espouse freedom are in favor of anarchy or a complete government overthrow.

Jefferson and Gadsden FlagBeyond being untrue, it misses the point entirely: Government is far too big and (simultaneously) far too ineffective. Taken a step further, the bigger we allow Government to get, the less effective Government becomes as a result.

The two examples above, from the very same state and within a week of each other, are exactly what is meant by “Take Our Country Back”. Towns, cities, counties, states and the Federal Government are working overtime to strip us of our safety and security, eviscerating our ability to live as free people.

And all the while, they’re accusing those people who are questioning this march along the Road To Serfdom of crimes against the state.


A government and its leadership has a pretty simple choice: either protect the populace, or allow the populace to protect itself. By refusing to be responsible for the former, and attempting to criminalize the latter, those leaders (and their enablers) are forfeiting the trust that has been given to them up ’til now.

“Take Our Country Back” from whom, the Leftists and Statists ask?

The answer, of course, is take it back from them.

22 responses to “The State can’t Protect you, …but it doesn’t want You to Protect YOURSELF, either

  1. It would be much safer for the community to let the bullet be stopped by the criminal.
    Besides, a warning shot might hit a tree (especially out there) and that would be another charge…

    • Thanks, Hatfield!!
      (A) Your first point is brilliant, and exactly correct.
      (B) I personally don’t believe in warning shots, but your point is well taken.

      If I was ever to consider moving west, I think I’d have to stop before the coast. All those states are NUTS!!

  2. livinrightinpgh

    Whenever the gubmint confiscates more of our money and re-distributes it through “stimulus” programs (Hey KNUCKLEHEADS: Keynesian Economics is NOT a viable or sustainable long term strategy), we see, in addition to Union pension bailouts, the inevitable hiring of more police, firefighters, etc. It should be called “temporary employment” for the very reasons you state, JTR. The States simply cannot sustain the employment once the Federal Piggy Bank is empty. But, you’ll get the inevitable cries of “The government needs to do SOMETHING”, followed by calls for higher taxes and more bureaucracy.

    Question 1: How many deputies were in the sheriff’s office BEFORE the stimulus?

    Question 2: Why didn’t the dude wait until his house was entered and then exercise his “castle doctrine” rights?

    The scene in my house would be: “BANG”…….followed by “Stop!”

    • None of these programs are self-sustaining, and very few ever BECOME so. That’s why I’m so dead-set against Federal involvement in State activities for anything other than things like Disaster Relief.

      Need more sheriffs, but you don’t have enough in a sparsely settled area? Well, folks aren’t going to go there in the FIRST place, unless there is some sort of police presence or, if they do, they’ll know the rules before they move there.
      BUT, if you artificially goose the numbers with Federal Funds, and then LATER take ’em away, you’ve baited-and-switched people into moving to a place that isn’t actually protected.

      Q; What’s the difference between this strategy, and the pusher who gives away just enough smack to get you hooked?
      A: The way they’re dressed, and the section of town they live in… maybe.

      • livinrightinpgh

        Well, in one of his (ahem….cough…) “auto”biographies, didn’t the O say he once sold drugs? Who would have ever thought that experience would be valuable as President?

        • To be fair, this is bigger than just Barack: this is what Government has morphed into today. It was like this when Bush was in, and Clinton, and…

          We’ve gotten lazy and used to having whatever anyone wants, regardless if we can afford it. That’s why the Tea Party was/is so essential: the first cohesive group of Americans in recent memory who were all clamoring for a REDUCTION of Government assistance, intervention, and spending.
          It’s also why Obamacare was sold initially as a COST SAVING measure: to neuter the Tea Party’s argument.

          That the Left LIED about it saving money is almost moot: the important fact is that is WHY they presented it that way.
          A huge swath of people realized we need to curtail spending so much, so Pelosi & Crew had to lie to get it passed.

          We’re in trouble, and we’re gonna need to approach this at every level of government, everywhere, or we’ll all end up like California, …or maybe Oregon.

    • BTW: that first one is an excellent question, Pgh, and I haven’t had the time to research for the answer.
      If you track down the info, post it here.

      It wouldn’t change the essential facts of the case, but it would sure be interesting to know. Also, how long did the subsidy last, and what was the population growth during that time?

  3. tannngl (@tannngl)

    I discovered back in February that the Supreme Court TWICE (not just once) decided that police do not have a duty to protect. They are only charged with arresting criminals! I posted it here:

    I was shocked but it simply proves that we MUST keep our weapons. Fire arms are so necessary. When government takes arms off of people in this legal culture they are abusing and causing harm. That is not what the federal or any state or local government is allowed to do.

  4. livinrightinpgh

    From the official website of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, September 6, 2012:

    “INCIDENT: Civil Office Reduces Hours Open to the Public
    REPORTING DEPUTY: Sheriff Gilbertson

    Due to the shortage of personnel and a significant increase in civil document preparation and Concealed Handgun License Applications, the Civil Division of the Josephine County Sheriff’s will be reducing the hours it will be open to the public effective Monday, September 10, 2012.
    THE CIVIL OFFICE WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC ON MONDAYS ONLY – FROM 9:00am-Noon & 1:00pm- 4:00pm for the purpose of:
    Accepting Concealed Handgun License Applications
    Accepting Court Certified Documents for Service
    Non-Criminal Fingerprinting”

    I don’t even know WHERE to begin with this one….

    ……stay tuned.

  5. livinrightinpgh

    From the “Oregonian”:

    “The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is releasing about 40 inmates today from the jail at Grants Pass, including people charged with robbery, assault and sex crimes. The Medford Mail Tribune newspaper reported the releases. Reducing the jail population is part of the county’s continued response to voter defeat of a law enforcement property tax levy. The measure, defeated in the May primary, would have funded the sheriff’s office, district attorney and juvenile justice program. It would have increased the county government property tax rate by $1.99 per $1,000 of assessed value. The rate now, 58 cents per $1,000, is the state’s lowest. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson was unavailable for comment. A clerk said the sheriff and other top officers were overseeing the release this morning.”

    Too bad you only have one day per week to apply for your concealed-carry permit. Looks like you’re going to need it in Josephine County.

  6. livinrightinpgh

    From the NY Daily News, May 23, 2013, talking about the budget cuts, Sheriff Albertson states:

    Because of federal cuts to timber subsidies last year, Gilbertson said his budget dropped from $12 million in 2012 to $5.2 million this year.

    Tuesday’s tax levy, which would have brought in more than $9 million to hire new deputies, was soundly defeated by more than 500 votes.

    “The feds have laid claim to all the trees, we can’t cut them down (for timber sales), and now they’ve walked away and turned their backs on us,” Gilbertson said.

  7. Ridiculous, Oregon is gone. “Its the sequester, stupid!”. Just put a recording on the 911 line saying due to the sequester and budget cuts. But dare they say “buy a gun”,. that would be sacrilege.

    • No, no, no: don;t buy a gun, or we may have to charge YOU with a crime when you use it to ,,,shoot into the ground.

      And I love the sheriff telling the War veteran about what his gun could do. Priceless.

      Yep, Oregon is toast.
      One more state crossed off my dwindling list….

  8. If the statist admit that self-defense is legitimate for each individual, then they would have to admit that it’s legitimate for the people to protect themselves from tyrrany. The old political philosophers constantly made that comparison. Since the statists don’t want the latter, it’s only natural for them to reject the former (which only pushes them farther into lunacy).

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