Fox News' website is reporting that a Kentucky inmate at the Correctional & Psychiatric Center was released because of a fraudulent release order faxed from a grocery store. It wasn't discovered for two weeks that the bad guy who is charged with assaulting an elderly gentleman.
I know mistakes are made, but when the chips are down the government doesn't have the resources to protect most of us. Policing by it's nature is reactive. The average response time for the Los Angeles Police Department is 15 minutes. In North Dakota it can be upwards of an hour in some counties due to the remoteness. It takes about thirty seconds for a person to bleed out if their neck is slashed.
Our Founders intended us to be self-sufficient, and even the Supreme Court has found on numerous occasions that police don't have a duty to respond to calls, including this one:
While it would be nice not to be responsible to take steps to provide for our security, there comes a point that we must recognize that we must be self-sufficient.