Florida Sheriff Wayne Ivey is urging county residents with a concealed permit to carry guns with them and be mentally prepared to use those guns to defend themselves from terrorists, Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Around USA Send Message to American Citizens: Get Armed Now I'm ready
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Now is not the time for Americans to cower in fear, be intimidated by liberal ideology, or apologize for one of America’s longest standing constitutional rights – the right to bear arms – say a growing chorus of religious, law enforcement and political leaders. Several sheriffs have sent out warnings in the wake of the recent Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, Mali and San Bernardino that Americans, now more than ever, need to get armed. The first was Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona who on Dec. 1 called for 250,000 armed citizens to stop terrorism and mass shootings in Arizona. This represents the number of concealed carry permit holders in Arizona. “I’m just talking about the areas where you have large crowds and someone pulls out the gun and starts shooting. Maybe somebody with a concealed weapon takes the guy down,” Arpaio told a local CBS affiliate.
Florida Sheriff Wayne Ivey is urging county residents with a concealed permit to carry guns with them and be mentally prepared to use those guns to defend themselves from terrorists. According to Fox 13 News, the Brevard County Sheriff said, “Let there there be no mistake…The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. If you’re a person who is legally licensed to carry a firearm, now is the time more than ever to realize that you, and you alone, may very well be the first line of defense for you and your family.”
Ivey explained that his call for citizens to carry is “about being able to survive an attack by armed, evil people until the cavalry can arrive.” The sheriff made clear he is “in no way” calling for vigilantism. Rather, he wants citizens “to be mentally and physically prepared to respond to an attack, so [they] can effectively defend and protect [themselves].” Ivey also called on national leaders to drop the political correctness and start “targeting terrorists.”
Up next was Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum of upstate New York. In a Dec. 3 Facebook post following the deadly jihadist attack on San Bernardino, he said the county’s 10,000 residents who have concealed-carry handgun permits should use them. “In light of recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to please do so,” Van Blarcum said in his Facebook post. “I urge you to responsibly take advantage of your legal right to carry a firearm. To ensure the safety of yourself and others, make sure you are comfortable and proficient with your weapon, and knowledgeable of the laws in New York State with regards to carrying a weapon and when it is legal to use it.”
Detroit Police Chief James Craig weighed in on Dec. 2 and said he believes terrorists would be reluctant to target Detroit, as they had Paris last month, for fear armed citizens would shoot back. “A lot of Detroiters have CPLs (concealed pistol licenses), and the same rules apply to terrorists as they do to some gun-toting thug,” Craig told the Detroit News. “If you’re a terrorist, or a carjacker, you want unarmed citizens.” Oakland University criminal justice professor Daniel Kennedy agreed with Craig that terrorists would be reluctant to attack armed citizens.
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