William Wilberforce was a British politician and a philanthropist. He was also a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. Yes, I had to Google him, but I found this quote on a dog training blog. The quote is quite versatile, and has been referenced many times for many different topics. Originally he meant it during an anti-slave trade speech.
“Having heard all of this, you may choose to look the other way … but you can never say again that you did not know.”
- William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833)
I was just reading a story about a home invasion in Tallahassee, Florida where a suspect was shot. The comments that followed the story were rather odd. Many people agreed that it was good that there was a gun in the home, while some others had a quite different reaction.
I have used the quote “When seconds counts, police are minutes away,” numerous times. Personally I see this as an accurate statement, in that when a crime of any form is actively occurring, you can either defend yourself immediately, or call the cops and wait for them to arrive a few minutes or more later. This is in no way an anti-police sentiment.
Seriously, while you call 911 and wait for the police to show up, do you honestly think the burglar, rapist, mugger or murderer will also wait for the police to show up before they finish committing the act? Do you think they will willingly allow you to even make the phone call in the first place? I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and say that in a few cases, you will get your phone call off. But that is only if you had warning or someone else not immediately involved called it in.
More often than not, your opportunity to dial the phone will come after the incident has ended and the police will be able to come take your statement if you are still able to give one. The cops just cannot be everywhere at all times. It would be nice, but it ain’t happening.
The most troubling comment on this Florida home invasion story was some holier-than-thou guy that was quite offended by someone using the “minutes away” quote, claiming it was riot inciting.
“Who are you to think you are better at protecting yourself than the police?” was his follow up.
Are you serious? Obviously this individual has lived in a bubble his whole life and has never been in any situation where any sort of violence or crime has ever affected him, a loved one, or anybody he knew personally.
I would have to imaging that him facing armed home invaders at 2 AM in the morning that would not allow him to phone for help might be the only way to change his tune. Which is unfortunate, hopefully his bubble is never popped. Not all bad things go away when you turn off your television set. There are for real bad guys in the world.
Some people need that proverbial 2 x 4 to come crashing down on them. Preferably not in a “Last House on the Left” fashion.
And it’s not just William Wilberforce that will tell you “I told you so.”
Be Safe, Be Prepared.
I’ll bet you 5 bucks on the pizza guy…
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