VIA| Finally! Some common sense here. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is calling for concealed carry gun owners to carry guns wherever they go, so if a situation occurs where there are terrorists or bad guys, they are ready to put a stop to the killing. Makes sense huh? Well, not to the media and others. They say that people carrying guns will make it more dangerous… because training. What a bunch of dishonest trolls. Armed citizens save lives period and they know it. There are a quarter of a million gun owners in Arizona and if they actively carry, I guarantee you crime will go down. It always does when a criminal or thug knows they could be taken out by a citizen. Now ISIS is a bit different because they don’t care, but a well placed bullet would stop the killing and remove that specific killer from the gene pool. It’s a win-win and I think it is a great idea.
Draw your weapons.
That’s what Sheriff Joe Arpaio is urging nearly a quarter-million Arizona gun owners to do to fight terrorism and mass shooters.
On Tuesday, the so-called “Toughest Sheriff in America” said he cannot guarantee the public’s safety and called on them to take matters into their own hands if necessary.
“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 said.
Specifically, Arpaio was looking to the 250,000 Arizonans who carry concealed weapons permits to help keep the peace.
But there are some in law enforcement who are calling this a bad idea.
Steve Henry, chief deputy of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said untrained gun owners could add to chaotic situations at big events, increasing the risk to innocent bystanders.
“Sometimes it’s not proper to pull the trigger because the collateral damage is not worth it,” Henry said. “We don’t want to walk into a gun fight between anybody, much less a gun fight where people are untrained.”
Arpaio’s comments came in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and Mali.
As such, the percentage of Americans who think a terrorist strike is somewhat or very likely to occur in the homeland in the next few months has skyrocketed.
According to a CBS poll, 69 percent of Americans believe an attack is imminent.
Arpaio referred to the terrorist group ISIS, or ISIL, as a reason gun owners should be on the lookout. He also spoke about the Colorado man accused of killing three people at the Planned Parenthood last week.
Had someone been armed, the sheriff said, maybe he or she could have stopped the shooter.
“I’m concerned about what’s going on. Just think about Colorado. If there was someone in there with a concealed weapon that guy would have been shot down,” he said.
Arpaio is not the first politician to call for more guns after a tragedy.
Three years ago, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert proposed arming more citizens after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut where 20 school children and six adult staff members were killed.
At the time, Gohmert said: “I wish to God she had had an M-4 in her office,” referring to the school’s principal.
There have been some cases where an armed civilian stopped a mass killer.
In 1997, an assistant principal in Pearl, MS, fatally shot an armed student after he had killed two other students and injured several others.
Still, it appears to be a rare occurrence. Regardless, Arpiao believes armed citizens is one way to keep the public safe.
“All I’m saying is if it’s controversial, then OK, let it be controversial, but we have to protect the public,” he said.
The article above reluctantly relates that armed individuals do stop crime. They say it is rare. It is only rare because more people don’t carry a gun. Arpaio is right on the money here once again. Colorado would have ended much differently if one of those hostages had been armed. Gohmert is also right as usual. Face it folks… the police are typically not going to make it in time to save you. You have to protect yourself, your families, your friends, your loved ones and your neighbors. You can’t do that if you aren’t armed. Without a gun, you are pretty much a sitting duck for villains. This article is also out of step… San Bernardino much? Once again, if anyone had a gun at that Christmas party, lives might have been saved and things might have ended much differently. Guns save lives, politicians get people killed.