By Kellene Bishop
Too many times there have been instances in which a person’s life was lost or forever physically altered because they mistakenly thought they were safe by virtue of a Protection Order. This is a façade. A fallacy. A state of dreaming. In spite of the name of a Protection Order, the only time protection is actually ordered is in the courtroom when the judge utters such words. It has very little efficacy otherwise. Just as contracts are only as good as those who sign them, laws are only as effective as those who enforce it. Whether it’s a matter of priority, culture, or manpower, rarely are Protection Orders enforced with any kind of a police presence or support.
It’s unfortunate that such a legal process has consistently proven to be ineffective in protecting the life of its intended person. Stalking, harassment, violent threats, even child kidnapping have all been cause for women to request a Protection Orders. But very few times do they come with any semblance of enforcement by local “law enforcement” authorities. I don’t mean to sound too terribly bitter in writing this, but it infuriates me when I see—literally—10 times the number of persons being pulled over for speeding in the last several months, all the while knowing that some woman is living her life with a false sense of security from a Protection Order that will not be enforced by law enforcement. Too often such protective orders are recognized when it was far too late. The point of this piece is not to trash on law enforcement or the court systems. It’s to make you realize that a protection order will NOT physically protect you and truly gives a false sense of security. Chances are a Protection Order will only legally protect you (which becomes very important, but much later than you may anticipate). The Supreme Court has already passed down a ruling clearly stating that police officers don’t even have the obligation to protect you even when they are witnessing a crime, let alone when you call them up in fear for your life because you just got a threatening phone call.
So what can you do when Mr. Crazy Man is unfazed by a piece of paper that says he’s not to be anywhere near his object of violent obsession? I recommend that we not fool ourselves into believing that this Protection Order will physically protect us. While it’s an excellent legal strategy to have a protective order in place, and it will make an impact on a small percentage of offenders, it certainly is not the same as having Bruno, the bodyguard, follow you around. Instead, I would recommend that you are regularly accompanied by Mr. Smith & Wesson, or his cousin, Mr. Glock. While a Protection Order does give you a thin veil of safety, it’s important that you mentally prepare to defend yourself in spite of a protective order. As you’ve no doubt heard me say time and time again, get a firearm, get a permit (so that you can use the firearm regardless of where you are—with a few exceptions) and get some quality training with that firearm. It’s the ONLY equalizer that can stand between you and the enemy… and make no mistake about it, if a man is harassing you, stalking you, or threatening you, he’s NOT your husband, boyfriend, acquaintance, the father of your children, the former love of your life. He IS indeed your enemy and you have every right to protect yourself from such.
For another example of a protective order gone bad, click here.
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