Would You Rather...

Have a working cell phone with a direct line to 911 or have a functional handgun?

A woman called 911 in the middle of the night in Minneapolis and an operator picked up five states away. [...]

After a busy night at her bar job, Lewis made it back to her apartment in Minneapolis.

"A few minutes after I got in, there was pounding on my door and someone trying to jiggle my door handle," she said.

It was 4:30 a.m. and Lewis knew whatever was happening shouldn't have been.

She dialed 911 from her cell phone and an operator picked up. [...]

Instead of being connected to Minneapolis 911, which is located less than two miles from her apartment, her call traveled 1,200 miles away.

"I was like I live in Minneapolis," Lewis said, "and she's like 'Oh, you dialed 911 in New York.'"

Two minutes later, Lewis tried again and the same thing happened. [...]

A New York operator ended up contacting Minneapolis with Lewis' emergency. Police showed up 30 minutes later. (Source)

Posted by: DMartyr at 09:51 AM



Since there is no cellphone coverage in my little corner of the fruited plain, a handgun is the only choice.

However, if I actually had the choice, the old SW model 19-4" still wins over the cellphone every day of the week.

Posted by: RBanks at June 24, 2014 10:39 AM

2 When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

Posted by: Captain Harlock at June 24, 2014 11:37 AM

3 The longer source article says "so it's not unheard of for a cell phone to skip over cell towers to one in a completely different state." I'm sorry, but no. Today's cell phones generally don't have enough power to reach the next county over, let alone 5 states away. That would require hundreds of watts of power at typical cell frequencies, maybe thousands, and no cell phone can generate that much transmission power. Cell phone transmission power is on the order of milliwatts, perhaps 1 or 2 watts in extreme situations, but no more than that.

In a city like Minneapolis, there are many cell towers around, so they should have been able to triangulate a horizontal location to within a few dozen feet and route the call accordingly.

Posted by: Red Five at June 24, 2014 12:48 PM

4 Another mass shooting in the U.S.!
Proudly brought to you by the second amendment!
(Because, seriously we still need to protect ourselves from the British Redcoats)


Posted by: Hoos at June 24, 2014 03:53 PM

5 Another "glitch" in the system. Great.

Posted by: Bubbe at June 24, 2014 04:45 PM

6 I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy (and I have to pay for their donuts....).

Posted by: Frustrated Teacher at June 24, 2014 10:59 PM

7 isn't it interesting that mass shootings happen in Gun Free Zones--


Posted by: C-Christian Soldier at June 24, 2014 11:49 PM

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