“I’m concerned about what’s going on. Just think about Colorado. If there was someone in there with a concealed weapon that guy would have been shot down,” said the wise, America loving, Sheriff Joe Arpaio just after the Colorado shootings at Planned Parenthood.
The sheriff’s idea of using armed civilians to battle terrorism is one that he’s actively put into practice.
Since 1993, when Arpaio was elected sheriff, he’s been running an armed civilian posse program, which involves local gun owners patrolling areas in their communities. Back in 2013, in the weeks after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Arpaio announced that thousands of armed civilians would be deployed to “protect” regions surrounding dozens of Phoenix-area schools.
Over the weekend, the sheriff announced that the posse would be patrolling local malls this holiday season “to provide law enforcement protection to shoppers.” He noted, however, that even “the volunteer posse can’t do it alone.” All of Arizona’s civilian gun owners need “to take action in the event a terror attack or other violence occurs until law enforcement arrives,” he said in a press release. That way, terrorists “with evil intent entering large gatherings, including shopping malls, should be worried about armed citizens who will be ready to defend themselves and others.”