Well, it looks like it has taken several Islamic attacks before some of these liberals have awakened to reality, but I’m glad they are at least sounding the clarion call to Americans against the Obama administration’s ridiculous notions that Islamic jihad is brought about by Climate Change or is merely workplace violence. Yes, Islamic jihad attacks are actually backfiring on the Muslim-in-chief as Democrat and Republican sheriffs are now calling on Americans to arm themselves in the wake of the San Bernardino attacks.
First, consider Democrat Sheriff of Ulster County, New York Paul Van Blarcum. On Thursday, Blarcum posted the following message on Facebook:
“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.
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 to the laws in New York State with regards to carrying a weapon and when it is legal to use it.”
Part of the rub is the laws of New York, which infringe on the rights of the people. We’ve demonstrated this time and again and no one has been more eloquent at pointing that out than veteran Aaron Weiss when he declared, “My rights trump your dead” as he spoke out against the New York SAFE Act.
Barclum told NBC News, “I’m not trying to drum up a militia of any sort. It’s just a reminder that if you want to, you have a right to carry it. It might come in handy. It’s better to have it than not have it. We’re partners with the public in crime prevention.”
In a recent radio interview, Barclum said that he believed armed citizens could really make a difference when mass shootings occur.
“I was reaching out to people who are already legally licensed to carry handguns, so it definitely wasn’t a second amendment issue,” he told Radio Woodstock (WDST/100.1 FM). “Just encouraging them to help; you know, we’re partners with the public in crime prevention. So these people are legally registered to carry, and I’m encouraging them if they’re comfortable to do that to carry.”
“People get gun permits for various different reasons,” he added. “I think the people that are out there that do carry concealed right now are probably as proficient with their weapons as police officers are.”
Barclum is not the only sheriff encouraging citizens to be armed. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is also encouraging citizens to be armed and train in order to use their weapons effectively against criminals, including Islamic jihadists.
On December 1, Arpaio called on 250,000 armed citizens to stop terrorism and mass shootings in his State of Arizona.
“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 told a local CBS affiliate.
Sheriff Arpaio caught it from several in law enforcement, who apparently don’t believe that armed civilians who shoot criminals in public is a good idea and may result in “collateral damage.”
I wonder if those who criticized Sheriff Arpaio have considered what many in law enforcement have done with their weapons in public… take for instance the two New York cops who shot 9 innocent citizens in an attempt to take down one gunman at the Empire State Building back in August 2012.
The sheriffs have been among other police chiefs, who have voiced the same encouragement to their citizens.
Just last week, Detroit Police Chief James Craig called for arming citizens to deter terrorists in the wake of the Paris jihad attacks. His words followed those of DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who wants to see citizens take out active shooters before police arrive on the scene in order to protect life.
Say what you will, but it seems that some of these people are coming to their senses as Islamic jihad comes to America’s shores and their cities. For that, I’m rather happy that Barack Obama’s gun control agenda is backfiring and getting a public spanking, even by those who were previously on his side.
Perhaps if Americans take heed to the words of these officials, we might just see jihad attacks kept under control, as well as a further reduction in crime.