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postheadericon When Seconds Counted In Home Invasion, Dallas Police Were Only 87 Minutes Away

By John Boch via The Truth About Guns

Imagine waiting 87 minutes for a police response after calling 9-1-1 to report a home invasion in progress. It happened in Dallas in recent days. Thankfully, the homeowner escaped the invasion with his life (if not his property). The robbers had plenty of time to grab some loot and scamper far, far away before 5-0 arrived. For those who think police will rescue them from criminal attack in the sprawling Dallas metroplex, this alarming incident has proven itself a big wake-up call.

Let’s face it, the only thing that stops bad people with evil in their heart is a good guy with a gun. A person can take proactive control of their own safety by being armed. Or, alternatively, the imprudent hopeful among us may eschew gun ownership and rely on the local constabulary. For those ill-prepared, they may actually welcome the words, “We’re from the government and we’re here to help.”

WFAA has the story:

Jamie was lying in his bed when he heard the footsteps. The robbers entered through the back door, just after his wife left for the airport.

“He pointed the gun at me and he said, ‘Don’t you say a thing. Don’t you dare move,’” says the 65-year-old M Streets homeowner. “He had the gun to my head and he made me turn over on my stomach.”

…“I still feel the gun on the back of my head,” he recalls. “He kept saying, ‘Where is the safe?’ and I would say, ‘I don’t have the safe’ and he would press [the gun] into my head.”Jamie waited for an hour and 27 minutes for Dallas police officers to arrive. They just didn’t have enough officers to respond sooner to the home invasion robbery.

Situations like Jamie’s are happening more, and more officers are leaving the department.

Dallas PD so far is meeting its eight-minute goal of responding to Priority 1 calls. Those include things like murders and robberies in progress.

But for Priority 2 calls – calls like Jamie’s — the department has fallen behind. The department has a 12-minute goal for those calls. These are things like disturbances and robberies that have already occurred.

How is the response time where you live?

…They ransacked the room. They took his phone, car keys, house keys, wallet, and other electronics. As they were leaving, the man told him to count to 100.

“I had gotten to seven or eight and it was almost like he had lost interest,” Jamie says. “He said, ‘Don’t you get up until I’m gone.’”

The men left.

At least the 9-1-1 operator was honest.

They repeatedly called 911 to find out what was taking so long.

“They would say, ‘Well, are they still in the house?’” he says. “I said, ‘No but the guy put a gun to my head. What if he’s still around here somewhere?’ Every time we were told, ‘Well, we don’t have anyone to send out. We’re shorthanded.’”

What are the odds that he’ll be visiting his local gun store in the near future?

Concealed Nation

postheadericon Dallas Buyers Club Creates Groundswell of Australian VPN Interest

VPN Usage Up in Australia thanks to Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club Boosts Australian VPN Usage (Image Source: AceShowbiz)

If you’ll give us a paragraph or two and read carefully, we’ll explain how Dallas Buyers Club – the 2013 film starring Matthew McConaughey, which dramatized the story of AIDS-stricken hustler Ron Woodroof and his attempts to circumvent pharmaceutical companies to give people cheaper AIDS medication – has led to a significant uptick in VPN usage in Australia.

Dallas Buyers Club & Australian Pirates

It’s simpler than the preceding paragraph makes it sound. Basically, the company who owns the rights to Dallas Buyers Club (Voltage Media) successfully requisitioned Australian ISPs (Internet Service Providers), demanding the personal details of 4,726 customers who had pirated the movie.

This precedent-setting ruling has, unsurprisingly, had the effect of spooking Australian internet denizens and sending them straight into the loving, protective arms of VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) and other online privacy guarding services. These VPN services allow for users to change their IP addresses in order to add a layer of encryption, as well as access geo-blocked content.

There. That wasn’t so bad, was it?

Best Australian VPNs

And wouldn’t you know it? We’ve got a bunch of recommendations for top-notch Australian VPN services.

As we’ve explained in the past, we’re affiliated with the best VPN providers around and we’ve corralled them all on this handy official supported provider list. Any VPN service provider on that list is implicitly and whole-heartedly recommended by us, but rather than make you comb through the list in search of providers with heavy duty service to Australia, we thought we’d highlight some of our favorites.

Some of our favorite VPN providers for use in Australia are the ultra-safe IPVanish, which uses over 14,000 shared IP addresses; the always-dependable PureVPN; and the extremely popular PrivateInternetAccess. Rest assured, they’ll keep litigious movie companies and other privacy-invading forces at bay. 

And you’ll have no trouble getting the most out of your VPN subscription if you use it in conjunction with a VPN-capable FlashRouter. Check out our most recent best-sellers list to see some of the DD-WRT and Tomato-flashed routers that are revolutionizing our users’ wireless networks. If your VPN is on our supported provider list, we’ll send your router with your VPN service already installed.

Best Routers to Use with Australian VPNs

R8000 AC32000 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Netgear R8000 FlashRouter- Best Australian VPN Router

FlashRouters offers a myriad of routers, ranging from the beastly networking powerhouse Netgear R8000 DD-WRT – packed with a 1 GHz processor and six external antennas- to the fan favorite 800 MHz Asus RT-AC56U– all the way to the economy line Linksys E1200. As stated before, all FlashRouters can be pre-configured for any of our Supported VPN Providers. We also provide US to AU plug adapters and offer 240V compatible power plugs so there is no need to worry about power compatibility!

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