Five lessons of the Newton shootings

Glenn Reynolds lays them out in USA Today.  The first one is particularly important.

1. When Twenty Minutes Is Forever.

According to the CNN timeline for
the Sandy Hook tragedy, “Police and other first responders arrived on
scene about 20 minutes after the first calls.” Twenty minutes. Five
minutes is forever when violence is underway, but 20 minutes — a third
of an hour — means that the “first responders” aren’t likely to do much
more than clean up the mess. 

When seconds count, the police are minutes away.  Lots of minutes away.  That’s the primary lesson one should take away from the Newtown massacre.  Self-defense is no different than nearly everything else, if you want it done right – or at all – then you have to do it yourself.