In Santa Monica, a person recently used his gun to defend himself from a gunman. Here's why was he forced to defend himself:
[A] neighbor said she had overheard intense arguing in the ally, then the sound of shots and footsteps running, followed by someone saying, “I think he’s going to kill me,” or “he’s trying to kill me.”
“I didn’t call the police,” she said. “I didn’t want to get involved.”
Yet another reason for self-reliance: you just can't rely on anyone else.