Dayton’s WHIO (AM 1290) is reporting that two Ohio county sheriffs took to Twitter in the hours after news of the attack in San Bernadino, CA to urge Ohioans to obtain concealed handgun licenses.
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones in a Twitter exchange called on people to get a conceal and carry permit.
“I have said it in the past and I said it (Wednesday) , people should get their conceal and carry permit and carry a gun where permitted. You don’t want to be that person hiding under the desk or in a closet waiting for someone to come rescue you. It may be too late.”
Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer agrees.
“I encourage all law-abiding citizens to get Conceal Carry Permits,” he said. “I think it’s so important that we’re turning around the permits in 24 hours. We have to arm ourselves and protect ourselves because they’re killing our families. Let’s be honest, the people who are doing this are criminals.”
The article also reports on a class the Kettering, OH police department offers to the community and businesses on how to deal with active killer attacks.
“There really isn’t a place they haven’t occurred. Malls, churches, schools, theaters, and these are mostly common public areas,” [Lt. Daniel’ Gangwer said. “So everybody at some time or another is going to be in a public area. Any kind of knowledge they can get of what should I do should it occur on the day I’m at that location is probably pretty valuable to them.”
Law enforcement in other parts of the country are also urging citizens to arm themselves to protect against terror.
In Detroit, police chief James Craig says he believes the fear that armed citizens would return fire serves as a deterrent for a potential terrorist attack in Motor City.
Craig called more officers to duty and moved some to locations deemed higher priorities following the attacks in Paris.
But he also noted “a lot of Detroiters” have concealed pistol licenses and “the same rules apply to terrorists as they do to some gun-toting thug.”
“If you’re a terrorist, or a carjacker, you want unarmed citizens,” Craig said.
ATTENTION LICENSED HANDGUN OWNERS
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.
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.
I also want to remind all Police/Peace Officers both active duty and retired to please carry a weapon whenever you leave your house. We are the thin blue line that is entrusted in keeping this country safe, and we must be prepared to act at any given moment.
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.