Several sheriffs are openly encouraging Americans to arm themselves to stop terrorists and criminals (video below).
In December 2015, Garvin County, Oklahoma, Sheriff Larry Rhodes advised people to arm themselves because of terrorism.
“If an international threat or a domestic threat believes that the citizenry may be armed, they're going to go elsewhere," Rhodes told KFOR.
He even waved all fees involved with obtaining a gun license.
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“The benefits of people getting their license, carrying lawfully, certainly outweigh that money that I would lose,” Rhodes added.
On Jan. 12, Creek County, Oklahoma, Sheriff John Davis also encouraged residents arm themselves.
“As a result of the ever-increasing violence being committed upon the American citizen and the current state of our country, I encourage each citizen of Creek County who is legally able to fully utilize their Second Amendment right ‘to keep and bear arms,’ as legally prescribed by the Self-Defense Act,” Davis wrote in a Facebook post, according to TulsaWorld.com.
"Forcing your way into an occupied residence is a bold and foolish decision — if you are foolish enough to break into someone's home, you can expect to be shot in Polk County," Polk County, Florida, Sheriff Grady Judd stated in a Jan. 2 press release, noted News 13.
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“I can tell you the probability of needing a firearm is remote,” Judd told The Tampa Tribune. “But it’s more important to have a gun in your hand than a cop on the phone.’’
"So, let there be no mistake in what I'm about to say, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," Brevard County, Florida, Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in a Facebook video on Dec. 6, 2015. "If you are a person who is legally licensed to carry a firearm, now is the time, more than ever, to realize that you and you alone may very well be the first line of defense for you, your family and others around you in a terrorist or active shooter-based scenario."
“Look, I want as many law-abiding citizens to arm themselves in this country as we can get so that I have the partner that I need to beat back this sort of violence," Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, Sheriff David Clarke told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Jan. 6. "And in these mass shooting situations, you're right, the great equalizer is a law-abiding citizen in that situation with a firearm that can take action because when seconds count, the police are usually minutes away.”
University of Alabama Criminal Justice Professor Adam Lankford released a study in 2015 that found the U.S. leads the world in gun ownership and mass shootings, reported RT.com
According to a report by the FBI, 24.2 percent of murder victims in America in 2009 were killed by "family members," while 53.8 percent were killed by an "acquaintance, neighbor, friend, boyfriend, etc.," and "41.2 percent of victims were murdered during arguments (including romantic triangles)."
A 2013 study by two cardiologists found that the U.S. leads all developed countries in gun ownership and gun deaths, reported ABC News.
The Washington Post used the FBI's homicide data in 2015 to find that for every one justifiable homicide in 2012, there were 34 criminal gun homicides.