This is not to bash cops. I believe that they do have a vital role in society.
Friday after work, I was on my way to drop off my car for my wife. Everything was routine. I live in Bremerton and only had a mile to drive. I was the third car in line to come to a stop at a traffic light for a left turn. The car in front of me and I were traveling at about 10 mph, when out of no where a very careless kid on a mountain bike darted across traffic (not using the cross walk and also not wearing a helmet). BARELY missing the car in front of me, he colliding right into the driver side door of a car traveling in the opposite direction that I was heading. This occurred at 6:03pm. 911 was called at 6:04pm. The kid was coherent enough to be brought to the side of the road as the parties and witnesses involved collected in the parking lot adjacent to the street. At 6:09pm the fire department appeared on scene. The first police officer on scene arrived at 6:16pm, and the other officer on scene arrived at 6:18pm. Reports were taken... yadda yadda yadda...
Regardless that this event had nothing whatsoever to do with firearms, the thing that fortified my belief in being armed at all times was the incredibly long time it took police to arrive on scene. I was thinking about this from the moment the accident occurred until after everything was finished. "What if" you were in a life or death situation and you were not armed? Again, the police are certainly important to society, but all I could think about was what could happen in 14-18 minutes.
Btw, though I was highly considering OCing after work, I was not. I was CCing. I haven't yet worked up the kahonays to avidly practice. Getting together with other OCers at the Kitsap picnic was a great to push me out the door, and I did it on my own afterward. Since then I haven't done so.
I've been curious how the situation would have been handled with the two Staties that were on scene at the accident, if I as a witness had been OCing..