A growing number of law enforcement officials across the country are calling on citizens to arm themselves for self-defense and as a way to prevent crime, a significant trend on a number of levels, perhaps most importantly because of what it reflects about a broader pro-Second Amendment movement gaining momentum among Americans.
In the wake of several high-profile mass shootings and an increase in gang violence in cities like Baltimore and Chicago, more and more law enforcement officials have been encouraging citizens with gun licenses to make use of them. The call stands in stark contrast to the increasingly aggressive attempts by the gun control left to vilify gun ownership.
As Fox News.com reports, the growing list of those calling for citizens to carry includes Detroit Police Chief James Craig, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, multiple sheriffs from Florida—including Polk County’s Grady Judd, Brevard County’s Wayne Ivey, and Marion County’s Chris Blair—and Oklahoma’s Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes and Creek County Sheriff John Davis. The message: responsible citizens are often the “first line of defense.”
“I want as many law-abiding citizens to arm themselves in this county as we can get,”said Sheriff Clarke.
“It’s more important to have a gun in your hand than a cop on the phone,” said Sheriff Judd in response to a homeowner in his county defending himself from an intruder this month.
“If an international threat or a domestic threat believes that the citizenry may be armed, they’re going to go elsewhere,” said Sheriff Rhodes, whose office recently waived all sheriff’s fees for getting a gun license. “The benefits of people getting their license, carrying lawfully, certainly outweigh that money I would lose.”
So why are law enforcement officials getting more vocal about the importance of an armed citizenry? It seems to be part of a larger trend in the U.S.
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