Boston police are now warning women to take safety precautions while they hunt for a yet unknown sex predator. The attack happened at the Doubletree Hotel at 821 Washington St. Why did it take 5 days to put out this alert? You may not like the answer, your not going to think much of the advice given by the police either, at least I did not.
Lets start with the ‘why’. The Boston Police have a policy of not putting out community alerts until a pattern of assaults are detected. In other, more direct words, they need a few victims as ‘bait’ so they can begin to zero in on a suspect, doesn’t that make you women feel all nice and secure? More traumatized/destroyed women would be a good step for the direction of the investigation. Wow.
Personally I think as soon as an assault happens anywhere the alert should go out, the maggot is going to do it again anyway, as history of such things show, that’s almost a certain no brain-er.
Now for the Police ‘advice’, or safety precautions you should take. 1. Don’t walk alone at night, (well, OK, good, but dont rapes happen during daylight hours also?) 2. Carry a cellphone, (again, OK, might be helpfull after the attack, it will not stop the attack). Last but certainly not least, 3. Keep a whistle within reach. (really, ya, OK, you feel better now?)
My personal advice, get a gun license and carry a handgun. When/if attacked put as many holes in the SOB as fast as you can pull the trigger, why be bait for the police? This course of action will probably annoy/disappoint the police since they will not be able to chart more ruined lives by tracking additional attacks on a map with tacks to test their detective skills, but the upside is that possible victims that ‘never were’ will appreciate your good deed.
This information is for those of you that live within jurisdiction of the city of Boston. When you apply for your gun permit the police will want you to show proof that you are a member of a gun club before you will be allowed to fill out the application. This is, as far as I can tell, a ‘quirk’ unique to Boston only, just so you know. You do not need to already own a gun or have a gun license to join a gun club. Also, unless your ‘connected’ the gun permit will be issued with the reason as ‘Target and Hunting only”, this means you cannot carry a concealed loaded handgun, as you could if you were issued the license for “Any Lawful Purpose” as most every other town does. The “Target and Hunting” means that you cannot defend yourself outside of your home, the police and politicians want to make damned sure that you will not hurt the criminal who is going to rape/rob you! It is for your own good ya know.
If someone from any town in Ma. that allows ‘Any Lawful Purpose’ as a reason, (as they all should) goes into Boston, they may carry a loaded concealed handgun for their protection. It is so strange to me that people will allow politicians to treat them as less of a U.S. citizen in some places, like Boston or Chicago or NYC by taking away their RIGHT to self defense. But that is exactly what people allow the mayors of these cities to do. It just amazes me. The only thing that will be assured is that there will be more innocent victims to violent crime.
Just food for thought. Mark Shean, written 5-17-2010