On October 5, a vigilant Las Vegas resident, Justin Pearson, noticed a BMW zooming through his neighborhood and abruptly stopping in front of a neighbor’s house where a 6-year-old boy was playing in the front yard. As Pearson watched in horror, the driver quickly hopped out of the vehicle and grabbed the boy.
While the kidnapper’s height was similar to his own (over 6 feet), Pearson could see that the man had a much larger build — Pearson would not be able to take him on pound for pound.
Mr. Pearson has a concealed carry permit and said he has used his firearm once before. Years ago, he drew his weapon when a would-be robber pulled a knife on his friend. Pearson said, "I quickly drew my firearm, and the kid ran away."
This time, Justin did not even have to unholster his gun; he simply brandished it, and in that action, he prevented a young boy from being kidnapped.
He shouted at the kidnapper and showed him his holstered gun. The distraction gave the young boy enough time to jump out of the car.
"If I didn’t have a firearm, I don’t think there’s much I could have done," Pearson said.
It took local police 17 minutes to arrive on the scene. A Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman confirmed to the Review Journal the details of Mr. Pearson’s story and revealed that the would-be kidnapper was the biological father who did not have parental rights to take the child.
Most kidnappings in the United States are committed by someone who is known to the abductee. Most Amber Alerts that are issued in the state of California tend to involve parental abduction of a child.
Our law enforcement is out there daily putting their lives on the line for our protection, but they are often understaffed and underresourced. It is chilling to think that in a well-populated metro area, police response time could be as long as 17 minutes. How far could a kidnapper get in 17 minutes?
As Katie Pavlich notes in her latest video for PragerU, it took police 7 minutes to respond to former The View cohost Sherri Sheperd’s home when her alarm went off. Women in particular are vulnerable to potential threats, which, as Pavlich argues, is why "gun rights are women's rights."
In Los Angeles, where I live, the LAPD chief recently said that the average response time was 5.7 minutes instead of last year’s 6.2 minutes. I don’t know about you, but if a bad guy is breaking into my house, or pulling up to my front yard where my child is playing, 5 minutes to wait for the police to arrive is 5 minutes too long.