The Corner

Tie a Yellow Ribbon

A few days ago in The Corner, I mentioned the South Yorkshire Police, who sat outside watching as a young couple and their children burned to death, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who sat outside a Greyhound bus for four hours watching a cannibal slice body parts off his victim and eat them. Now from Binghamton:

One receptionist was killed, while the other, shot in the abdomen, pretended to be dead and then crawled under a desk and called 911, he said.

Police said they arrived within two minutes…

Police heard no gunfire after they arrived but waited for about an hour before entering the building to make sure it was safe for officers.

What’s the point of calling 911 if they arrive within two minutes and then sit outside for the rest of the day to “make sure it’s safe”?

At the Dawson College shooting in Montreal a couple of years ago, a couple of officers happened on the scene to investigate an unrelated drugs incident, called for back-up, entered the building with guns drawn, and shot the shooter — all in three minutes.

If you ever have to call 911, it may be worth requesting that kind of service rather than the world’s most heavily armed and lavished equipped yellow-tape installers.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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