Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Defend to Defund to Depolice: Los Angelinos Reconsider Armed Defense

Monday, March 6, 2023

Defend to Defund to Depolice: Los Angelinos Reconsider Armed Defense

Many municipalities being pressured by the progressive left have “defunded the police,” with activists claiming that shrinking “massive” police budgets would actually improve public safety. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), for one, faced budget cuts of $150 million for 2021.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, a union for the LAPD’s sworn officers, is now proposing that officers stop responding to almost 30 types of 911 requests for assistance, with the calls being handled by other city agencies or affiliated nonprofits. According to the League’s statement, “The Union agrees to cease providing a sworn police response to the calls listed … The Union will work with the City/LAPD to implement safe protocols if an armed LAPD response becomes necessary after the initial non-sworn response has been deployed.” The union’s proposal is expected to go before the city’s Executive Employee Relations Committee at some point in the future.

The types of calls that are up for “depolicing” include non-criminal mental health calls, non-violent juvenile disturbances, calls to schools (except calls by school administrators for an emergency police response or about mandatory reporting), loitering/trespassing “with no indication of danger,” “Code 30” alarm calls (alarms reported by an alarm company) other than robbery silent alarms, “under the influence” calls (alcohol/drugs) with no other crime in progress, vicious and dangerous dog complaints where no attack is occurring, “927-D [dead body] where no indication of foul play,” and others.

It may well be that other listed calls (“driveway tows,” “abandoned vehicles,” “syringe disposal,” “public health order violations,” and trash dumping) are indeed more appropriately handled by code enforcement, waste management, the health department, or similar municipal agencies.

But when dead human bodies (for example) do not prompt a police response, citizens have reason for alarm. And resorting to police only when an armed response is imminently required is not likely to result in police officers who are trained and predisposed to provide the calming, de-escalating presence that many activists and “reformers” claim to want from law enforcement.

The reason cited by the union for the stepped-down police response is the “long-term, chronic understaffing” of the LAPD, leading to the need to prioritize police resources and improve officer morale. According to the Los Angeles Times, the LAPD has lost approximately 800 officers since 2020. Another factor affecting policing efforts may be the “carefree attitude toward prosecuting crime” of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, who took office in late 2020 and “has led the growing movement of progressive prosecutors.”

The department’s most recent “Public Contacts Snapshot” (as of Jan. 31, 2023) shows that the number of LAPD public contacts (stops and calls) has declined by almost five percent between January 2022 and January 2023; when compared to the five-year, year–to-date average, contacts are down by 26.8 percent. Likewise, LAPD arrests have decreased by three percent between 2022 and 2023, and by over 32 percent when compared to the five-year average.      

A resident the LA Times quoted on the union’s proposal indicated she was open to the idea but had questions about how 911 calls would be handled going forward. “Who will be responding? And who are they responsible to? Will they be fully trained for what will come up and do they have experience? …We just want to make sure that whoever is going to be answering those calls is fully prepared for what they might find and how to deal with it.”

Those, of course, are the critical questions. Even trained police officers responding to a 911 call don’t know what’s going to happen after they arrive and can’t predict whether a welfare check, a “non-criminal mental health” crisis, juvenile disturbance, or a substance abuse situation will suddenly escalate and turn violent.

Los Angelinos already dismayed about rising crime, laissez faire prosecutors, and the depressing statistic that criminals committing a murder now have about an even chance of getting away with it, can add the possibility that an unarmed, nonprofit activist may be their first responder to a 911 call.

Facing these unpleasant realities, residents of La-La Land are re-examining their options. Many who have the means to abandon Los Angeles have already done so. For those who remain, however, the Second Amendment has started to take on renewed relevance.

Business last year was already “booming” at the only gun store in Beverly Hills. “This morning I sold six shotguns in about an hour to people that say, ‘I want a home defense shotgun,’” said owner Russell Stuart. In an interview, Stuart indicated that many of his customers are people who “have said their entire lives that ‘I was afraid of guns, that I would never own a gun,’ and probably wouldn’t even advocate for that ownership,” but have definitely changed their mind. In a related development, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said concealed carry permit applications are on the rise and predicted that his office could issue as many as 50,000 permits now that the United States Supreme Court has struck down “good cause/special need” licensing requirements.  

The consequences of this latest stage in law enforcement are anyone’s guess. The old saying – that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away – may be relegated to a fond recollection, rather than a grim joke, when “a non-sworn response has been deployed” to emergency calls.

TRENDING NOW
Louisiana: House Passes Constitutional Carry, Now Headed to Gov. Landry’s Desk for His Signature

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Louisiana: House Passes Constitutional Carry, Now Headed to Gov. Landry’s Desk for His Signature

Today, the House voted 75-28 to pass Senate Bill 1, the NRA-backed constitutional carry legislation that passed the Senate last week.

Washington: Two Anti-Gun Bills Advance Through the Legislature

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Washington: Two Anti-Gun Bills Advance Through the Legislature

On Tuesday, February 27th, HB 2118, the “FFL Killer” passed the Senate, and SB 5444, "sensitive places" expansion, passed the House. Both bills were amended in the second chamber and now must return to their ...

Minnesota: Two Anti Gun Bills Scheduled to be Heard in Committee

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Minnesota: Two Anti Gun Bills Scheduled to be Heard in Committee

On Thursday February 28th at 10:30 am, House File 601 and House File 4300 will be heard in Room 200 of the State Office Building by the Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee and the Children and ...

Colorado: Anti-Gun Bills Continue to Move through the State Legislature

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Colorado: Anti-Gun Bills Continue to Move through the State Legislature

Two anti-gun bills continue to move in the Colorado State Legislature. HB24-1174, introduced by Majority Leader Monica Duran (D-HD 23),  is set to be heard next week in the House Finance Committee. HB24-1310 , introduced by ...

Maine: PETITION: Stand with Maine Gun Retailers

Monday, February 26, 2024

Maine: PETITION: Stand with Maine Gun Retailers

Gun Control groups are launching an all-out assault on the Second Amendment in Maine. Their most recent tactic?

Maine: Rally to Stop Extreme Gun-Control Next Week

Friday, March 1, 2024

Maine: Rally to Stop Extreme Gun-Control Next Week

If you have been paying attention, you are already aware that anti-gun politicians in Augusta have released an all-out assault on your Second Amendment rights.

Michigan: “Gun-Free Zone” Legislation Passed in the Senate

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Michigan: “Gun-Free Zone” Legislation Passed in the Senate

House Bill 4127 and House Bill 4128, legislation that would restrict law-abiding gun owners in and around polling places, which includes ballot drop boxes, passed out of the Senate will be sent back to the House ...

South Dakota: Enhanced Conceal Carry Legislation Headed to Governor Noem's Desk

Thursday, February 29, 2024

South Dakota: Enhanced Conceal Carry Legislation Headed to Governor Noem's Desk

On February 27th, Senate Bill 203 received final passage on the House floor on a vote of 62-8. The legislation will now head to Governor Noem's desk for her consideration.

South Carolina: Permitless Carry Passes the Senate, Waiting on Concurrence by the House

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

South Carolina: Permitless Carry Passes the Senate, Waiting on Concurrence by the House

Last week, South Carolina moved one step closer to becoming the 28th state to enact Permitless/Constitutional Carry! This effort has been years in the making, clearing a major hurdle by passing the Senate, which has been ...

Ohio: Gun Owner Credit Card Privacy Bill Passes the Senate

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Ohio: Gun Owner Credit Card Privacy Bill Passes the Senate

Yesterday, the Senate Veterans and Public Safety Committee passed Senate Bill 148, The Second Amendment Privacy Act. The bill was quickly sent to the Senate floor where it passed by a vote of 25-7. This ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.