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  • Commentary: Americans Want Guns – Smart Sheriffs Agree

    It’s becoming a mantra. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.” For much of America that rings true. Gun sales have been skyrocketing, and not hunting rifles. People have been buying carry guns. That’s right, small pistols to be carried daily for self-protection is what people want. Pink ones, silver ones, black ones it doesn’t matter as long as they can take out a bad guy.

    Sales spike right along with each new piece of gun control to come out of Washington and every time we have another shooting incident. Americans want to be able to protect themselves in the 5 to 10 minutes while the police are on their way.

    America has the best law enforcement in the entire world. That is not an overstatement. We are so much safer than 99% of the rest of the world it’s not even funny. Average response times to a 911 call really are around 5 to 10 minutes. That’s unheard of anywhere but America.

    Even with how awesome that is, a lot of violence can take place in five minutes. A lone gunman can kill unknown numbers of people in one minute let alone five. So what is the average citizen to do in that five minutes? Kneel and pray? Run and hide? Throw shoes or a purse at the bad guy? Offer him counseling? Without a weapon those are the choices.

    Americans still like John Wayne movies. We really like war movies too. We pretty much like to kickass and win in the end. As a people, we don’t like to kneel. That’s why we kicked out the English and became free. Free to die standing up. Free to die shooting back.

    Give us our liberty or give is our death. Personal protection is the root of the Second Amendment, not hunting. I love hunting, but I like protecting my family more. I love this country because it allows me to carry a gun and bridge that gap until the cops show up. If the world turns crazy and the lead starts flying, I’m glad to know that I could at least give it a shot (no pun intended) at taking out the bad guy first.

    I’d rather take one to the chest than the back of the head. I’d rather face my attacker while my kids try to escape. Those of us who carry know if we ever are in that situation, our survival chances aren’t great. Most likely the perpetrator will be much more heavily armed than whatever we are carrying, but it’s better than an empty hand, which is what most Democrat politicians would like us to have.

    Most of my cop friends are all for smart, responsible, men and women carrying weapons. They know they can’t be there in time. They want you to survive too. They want the bad guy down. Smart Sheriffs want an armed citizenry because they know it cuts down on crime in general.

    I found this article from the Washington Post titled, Sheriffs Issue Call To Arms: Take Advantage Of Your Legal Right To Carry A Firearm, because a Sheriff I know actually posted it to his Facebook page. He’s obviously got a pair and doesn’t give a crap about being politically correct. He’s also got the respect of his county and many in our state. It’s a fantastic article full of facts, statistics, and videos from other law enforcement on the virtues of being armed.

    One sheriff called his citizens “the first line of defense.” He’s a smart sheriff.

    Armed citizen’s help make the world safer and cops jobs easier. When an armed citizen is around and some psycho terrorist opens fire, after it’s over there will be no need to question the bad guy or cuff him, just put tape around him and get a mop.


    S.C. Sherman

    Senior Editor

    Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, NRATV and others. All of his novels including his most recent tome, Lone Wolf Canyon, a modern day western that infuriates the left and all "Snowflakes," are available here.

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