By Dean Weingarten
Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- Sheriffs and police chiefs from jurisdictions large and small are joining the trend of law officers calling for citizens to carry firearms to aid in the defense against terrorism, rampage killings, and violent criminals. The call is a simple recognition of the millennia old understanding that people can defend themselves and others better if they are armed.
It is only during the recent history of the last hundred years that the illusion of safety through disarmament has been promoted by the mass media. The mass media’s chokehold on information flow has been broken and the illusion is failing.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio has called for help from citizens in his state to aid in defense against terror threat. Maricopa County, Arizona has a population of over 4 million residents.
Surrounded by his posse, Sheriff Joe Arpaio asked armed citizens to help protect malls this holiday season. Arpaio says nearly 250,000 Arizonans carry concealed weapons and many more are carrying in the open.
“I’m asking for that group to make sure that if some violent activity occurs that they take action to defend themselves, and also the people around them until law enforcement shows up,” said Arpaio
Milwaukee County Wisconsin has a population of nearly a million. Sheriff Clarke has called for his citizens to arm themselves for self defense.
Detroit, Michigan has a population of over 700,000 people. Police Chief James Craig says that armed citizens can stop terrorists. From detroitnews.com:
“A lot of Detroiters have CPLs (concealed pistol licenses), and the same rules apply to terrorists as they do to some gun-toting thug,” Chief James Craig said. “If you’re a terrorist, or a carjacker, you want unarmed citizens.”
Oakland University criminal justice professor Daniel Kennedy agreed that terrorists would be reluctant to attack armed citizens.
“We don’t have laboratories where we can test these theories, but there is something to the argument that terrorists want a high body count — and if they can only shoot a few people before they’re taken out themselves, it wouldn’t have the kind of impact they want.
Brevard County Sheriff Department Facebook link (Video Below). Brevard County, Florida has over half a million people in residence.
Arm yourselves against terrorists.
That’s the message from a Florida sheriff whose post on Facebook about gun ownership has gone viral.
“So let there be no mistake in what I’m about to say,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
The post has over three-million views on Facebook alone, and over 120,000 shares.
Sheriff Wayne McKinney posted a call to arms for the citizens of Stephens County, Oklahoma. Stephans County has about 45,000 residents. From kfor.com:
“Our county is small in numbers and I feel that we are unlikely to be targeted by these evil people. However, over the last few years the citizens of Stephens County has seen the evil committed by criminals in our communities. As your Sheriff, I encourage all who are LEGALLY, ELIGIBLE, and TRAINED to carry concealed weapons to do so. I do not want any of us to be helpless victims if we should fall under attack.
We may never be able to stop someone from attempting to carry out a violent attack, but we, as armed citizens, can mitigate the damage,” the post read.
Police Chief Randy Kennedy of Hughes Springs Texas had a similar message. From kltv.com:
HUGHES SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) – An East Texas police chief sent a strong message to his city Sunday night in response to President Obama’s address to the nation.
“I strongly encourage you to arm yourselves, and be ready when the wolf comes to the door, because it’s on its way,” said Hughes Springs Chief of Police Randy Kennedy in his Facebook video post.
Hughes Springs has a population of 1,766.
The trend is accelerating with more police chiefs and sheriffs recognizing the positive effects and the utility of armed citizens.
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.