In the wake of yesterday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has issued a call to the nearly quarter million gun owners in Arizona urging them to do whatever is necessary to fight terrorism and mass shootings.
Speaking out on Tuesday, Arpaio said he can no longer guarantee the public’s safety, and that it’s time for patriot’s to take matters into their own hands.
“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, according to KPHO.
Arpaio went on to say that he is counting on the 250,000 people in Arizona who have gun permits to keep the peace. Though some have applauded Arpaio for this, others are saying it’s a very bad idea. One of these naysayers is Steve Henry, chief deputy of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, who warned that untrained gun owners can add to the chaos of mass shootings and even cause more casualties.
“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, however, refuses to back down on this. He referenced last week’s Planned Parenthood shooting, saying that an armed civilian could have put a stop to it immediately.
“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.
In the end, Arpaio said he cares way more about protecting the American people than about being politically correct.
“All I’m saying is if it’s controversial, then OK, let it be controversial, but we have to protect the public,” he concluded.
What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.