Many police chiefs and sheriffs around the country are spreading the same message: “If you’re in a dangerous situation, like an armed home invasion, and your only weapon is 911, you should consider being armed. When seconds count, the police may be several minutes away.” In other words, be armed.
“If you are foolish enough to break into someone’s home, you can expect to be shot in Polk County,” [Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady] Judd said in a statement after a homeowner shot a would-be home invader earlier this month. “It’s more important to have a gun in your hand than a cop on the phone.”
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One California police chief is backing teachers in his district packing heat. Detroit Police Chief James Craig has been a leader in urging his community to arm itself. A Maryland sheriff is working with the state’s general assembly to try to make it easier for citizens to obtain handgun permits.
In Oklahoma, Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes and Creek County Sheriff John Davis have each recently reduced costs associated with getting a gun license. Davis is also keeping administrative offices open longer on weekends to allow more people to apply.
“As a result of the ever-increasing violence being committed upon the American citizen and the current state of our country, I encourage each citizen of Creek County who is legally able to fully utilize their Second Amendment right ‘to keep and bear arms,’ as legally prescribed by the Oklahoma Defense Act,” Davis said in a statement.
Brevard County [Florida] Sheriff Wayne Ivey has told citizens they must be “that first line of defense,” according to Florida Today. Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair told the Tampa Tribune, “If you are certified to carry a gun, I would like to encourage you to do so.”
In Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is one of the more visible pro-gun faces.
“I want as many law-abiding citizens to arm themselves in this county as we can get so that I have the partner that I need to beat back this sort of violence,” Clarke said during an interview on “Hannity” last week.
Gun control is the concoction of armchair policy-makers. While liberals are safe in their gated community and comfortable air-conditioned homes, they can talk at length about how and why guns should be eliminated. “If we could just outlaw guns,” they pontificate, “we would be able to eradicate gun violence.”
But if one of these pontificators were ever in an actual life-threatening situation, it’s doubtful that he’d be think, “We need more stringent gun control laws.” He’ll wish he had a gun to at least give himself a fighting chance. Having a firearm, and knowing how to use it, is not a guarantee. But, being armed is much better in the moment than appealing to legislators to somehow make it more difficult for criminals to illegally own guns.
Police exist to enforce the law. Yes, in some instances officers have been overly aggressive in their treatment of people. In some cases police have violated the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, sometimes, even the Second Amendment. But police do track down and arrest violent law-breakers. And they do respond to domestic violence calls. They get called to the scene of a home break-in. In some murder or burglary cases, by the time the police arrive, the culprit is gone, and they initiate an investigation to track him down, bring him into custody, and ultimately to justice.
Americans can’t expect the police to be everywhere at once. And they can’t solely rely on the police for protection at all times. The recent announcements by sheriffs and police chiefs across the country are providing a great service to citizens, and promoting responsible gun ownership– which is the entire point of owning a gun– to protect one’s life, family, and property.