Up in Arms


New York’s Ulster County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging licensed handgun owners to start carrying their firearms, following the mass shooting that claimed 14 lives and injured 21 others at a social services center in San Bernardino, California.

In a post on the Office’s official Facebook page, Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum wrote:

“In light of recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to please do so. I urge you to responsibly take advantage of your legal right to carry a firearm. To ensure the safety of yourself and others, make sure you are comfortable and proficient with your weapon, and knowledgeable of the laws in New York State with regards to carrying a weapon and when it is legal to use it.”

Is it a good idea for law enforcement to encourage its constituents to pack heat, as long as they’re doing it legally? Leave your comment below.



I do find this somewhat hypocritical. One of the reasons why there are so officers with hair-trigger nerves, is the fact that guns are so widely available to the public. Now we have leaders, mostly sheriffs and the wackiest of the LE community calling for more weapons and potentially exposing more of their officers to danger. I don’t get it.

[citation needed] on all of those claims.

Let’s not forget that CHL holders have to be trained and vetted before they’re certified. You act like they’re calling for just anyone to pack heat.

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