As we reported yesterday, while the San Bernardino shootings were still in an active situation, liberals were already calling for stricter gun control.
On cue this morning, President Obama said, “We’re going to have to search ourselves as a society to make sure that we can take basic steps that would make it harder, not impossible, but harder for individuals to get access to weapons.”
After San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan reported the shooters had over 1,600 bullets with them when they were gunned down in their SUV and nearly 5,000 more rounds of ammunition at their home, I imagine it won’t be long before liberals will start calling for limits on ammunition purchase like it’s a “controlled substance.”
However, law enforcement leaders are now making some jaw-dropping recommendations to garden-variety citizens like you and me: ARM YOURSELF.
After the Paris attacks last month, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said, “ A lot of Detroiters have CPLs (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.”
As the Detroit New reports, Craig made national headlines after he told The Detroit News in 2013 that he thought more armed citizens would help drive down the crime rate, said some gun control advocates are softening their stances amid the concerns about terrorism.
Craig pointed to comments Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier made last week during a “60 Minutes” segment about active shooting situations, in which she said citizens should “take the gunman out” if faced with a threat.
Lanier, who has been criticized by some for the low number of gun permits her department authorizes, told host Anderson Cooper: “If you’re in a position to try and take the gunman down, to take the gunman out, it’s the best option for saving lives before police can get there.”
Add to that list Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum from Ulster County, located about 2 hours north of New York City. On his Facebook page yesterday, Blarcum posted: “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,” wrote Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum in a 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.”
Folks, take it from a former law enforcement officer: this message is important. One news source just reported that the response time for police officers to reach the scene of yesterday’s shooting was 4 to 5 minutes. Reportedly, they were at a nearby location training for just such an incident. What this means is, they were in the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment and a fairly large number of responders. Other than having them standing in the building during the attack, this was the best-case scenario you could find, yet in that very short period of time, two terrorists were able to kill 14 innocent people and wound 21 others.
The truth is, even had the terrorists been armed with machetes or pitch forks, they could have inflicted severe damage simply because the innocent victims were totally unprepared to protect themselves.
Like it or not, until our government starts to make the safety of Americans its TOP priority, we must consider ourselves as the FIRST line of defense. Unfortunately, this is just common sense reality whether we live in large metropolitan areas and especially for those who live in smaller towns and counties.
If you live in a large metropolitan area your city could be the subject of multiple ongoing attacks — as was the case in Paris, which spreads out the number of responders in the initial moments. If you live in a smaller town or city, your police force is smaller and you may be less likely to have an officer near your home or business at that moment in time when your life or your family’s safety is hanging in the balance. The fewer officers and the larger the area to cover, the more spread out they’ll be. In smaller towns that officer is less likely to have a back-up unit that will be sent to provide help to the initial officer responding. You must consider the driving time of the officer(s) responding to the call. If that officer is driving in an emergency with lights and sirens, and doing so against traffic and traffic lights, there’s a possibility — even if remote — that an accident may occur rendering the officer’s vehicle out of service. Time and distance use up valuable minutes in a life and death situation.
Now, add into the mix the fact that the Obama administration is beginning to seize military equipment from police departments and sheriff’s offices – the very equipment they need to respond safety to these very types of situations –and and you’ll understand the reality in which we live. A terrorist can inflict a lot of damage in the first five minutes of an attack, while the police are still responding. While our government has been combatting climate change, ISIS and other terrorist organizations have been ramping up their plans to recruit religious fanatics and thugs to kill innocent people at large public events. Failing to recognize this fact can be deadly. Is this the way we want to live? No. Is it reality? Yes.
As Milwaukee County Sheriff so eloquently pointed out in 2013, “You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?”
[Note: This article was written by former LEO Ashley Edwardson]