[Video] NC Sheriff Urges Constituents to Arm Themselves After “Explosion” in Violent Crime
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It sounds like Harnett County, NC Sheriff Larry Rollins has the right idea.
A town hall meeting was held in Lillington, NC following what is being described as an “explosion of violence and crime” by local media. Sheriff Rollins didn’t mince words. According to ABC11,
Sheriff Larry Rollins told the crowd that the violence is fueled by gangs and drugs. He urged everyone to protect themselves, saying he doesn’t go anywhere without a gun.
“When I am out with my family, even though I am a cop, I don’t go anywhere without a gun,” Rollins told the crowd. “I mean it’s sad we have to have that attitude, but I am going to protect myself and my family.
“I want my deputies at your house just as fast as they can when you got a problem, but you better be able to take care of business until we get there if you have to protect your family.”
Of course, those of us who already carry know that law enforcement cannot possibly protect everyone at all times. During violent encounters, seconds are often the difference between life and death, while a great police response time would be a couple of minutes.
This particular area of North Carolina, once a rural area, is experiencing a population increase. With rising populations the usual problems surface including gangs, drugs and violent crime.
In the battle for America’s gun rights it seems more and more than elected sheriffs are more often than not on the side of gun rights while many appointed police chiefs, especially in larger cities, seem to favor gun control.