These 911 calls from Sandy Hook being released. I just don't think stuff like this needs to be public information.
It's a complex issue with some compelling arguments on both sides. But it's too late for Sandy Hook because the calls are public record under current law. The best anyone can do is change the law for future incidents.
On the one hand, it's easy to understand the compassionate side; the audio will be out there forever and for all we know some jacka** somewhere may give those calls the Sweet Brown autotune treatment. At the same time, it's never good to make policy based on an emotional reaction to one event, no matter how terrible or heartbreaking it is.
There needs to be a well-reasoned debate that considers the changes that have occurred through the years (social media etc.) and weighs privacy and compassion vs. the benefits of transparent government.
[soapbox] While we're talking 911, I highly recommend this. Why? Well, envision the worst case scenario...you, your spouse, your child, or whoever else is unconscious and not breathing. In such cases, every...second...counts. Someone calls 911 and it goes to the wrong jurisdiction. Time is wasted while they figure out who to send. So please do this now, before the emergency happens.
Whether you use a cell phone or a landline in your residence, call the non-emergency number for who you believe to be your local police or fire department and do these two things:
1) Verify exactly which agencies will respond to your home for a police, fire, or medical situation (usually the last two will be the same). Don't assume; it may be different than the town that is your postal address. For example, six different departments answer calls in one postal-address city near Atlanta.
This is especially important if you live near the city limits or any other jurisdictional boundary.
2) Once you've verified the jurisdiction, if you have a landline, tell them you want to make a test 911 call from your home phone to be sure your address appears correctly on their ALI (Automatic Location Identification). On rare occasions this information is wrong and the time to find that out is BEFORE someone you love is bleeding out from a serious injury or on the floor unconscious and unresponsive.
One more thing...if you have an emergency, please call 911...NOT your spouse, your mom, your uncle, your therapist, or cousin Johnny. It's unbelievable how many calls 911 gets that start, "My daughter just called and said she's been in an accident...", "My husband called me and said he's having chest pains...". Sometimes the victim is out of state and we can't do a thing other than give the caller the best contact number we can find. In the meantime, tick tick tick on the so-called golden hour during which immediate treatment has the best chance of success.