Sheriff Arpaio: Police chiefs need to ask armed citizens to take action if needed

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Dec. 8 called on police chiefs from across the country to join his call, asking legally armed citizens to take a stand and take action during a mass shooting/terrorist event until law enforcement arrives, according to a press release.

On Nov. 30, while launching his 22nd annual mall posse patrol, for which armed posse volunteers patrol the valley malls during the holiday season, Sheriff Arpaio called on armed citizens to take a stand against domestic and international terrorism and other mass shooting events. His message went unheard until three days later when the San Bernardino incident took place.

Since then his message has reached over 14 million people via social media and has garnered overwhelming support from many of those people, according to the release.

“Now it’s the police chiefs’ turn,” says Sheriff Arpaio. “So many other people have joined the call, I want the chiefs to take a stand for what is right, and let the people who legally carry guns to protect themselves and the people around them. Let them know it is okay to do so during a mass shooting scenario until we can arrive. Everyone knows that while law enforcement is never far away, we cannot be everywhere at the same time all the time – but we will get there.”

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