In light of a recent spike in violent crime in rural Harnett County, North Carolina, the county sheriff advised residents to arm themselves and to “take care of business” before the police arrive. WRAL reported:
The [violent crime] incidents shocked residents in the small, rural county just south of Raleigh, prompting a community meeting and prayer service at Spring Hill United Methodist Church in Lillington on Monday.
“We are participating in this service for peace because we love our community and are concerned about recent acts of aggression,” said church pastor Terry Williams, who called the meeting to help residents understand what’s causing the violence.
The answer, Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins told about 130 in attendance, is often gangs and drugs.
Rollins, who told attendees “I do not go anywhere without a gun,” advised residents to be ready to protect themselves.
“I want my deputies to be at your house just as fast as they possibly can when you have a problem,” he said. “But you better be able to take care of business before we get there if you need to protect your family.”
This is the same advice given to Detroit residents by their police chief James Craig, who credits his city’s drop in crime to responsible gun ownership:
“Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said chief James Craig, according to The Detroit News.
“I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.” According to The Detroit News, there have been 37 percent fewer robberies, 22 percent fewer break-ins and 30 percent fewer carjackings this so far in 2014 compared to the same period last year.
“I can’t say what specific percentage is caused by this, but there’s no question in my mind it has had an effect,” Craig said.
The chief cited fewer stories of Detroit homeowners having to fire weapons at intruders as evidence that criminals are getting the message.
This is the only truly common sense solution to violent crime. Trying to place burdensome restrictions on every gun owner in hopes that criminals will obey as well is just plain stupid. In violence-prone areas, residents can’t rely on the police for protection, and they can’t rely on “gun-free zone” signs. Their only chance of protection is arming themselves with guns and using them when the need arises.