Kentucky Sheriff to Concealed Permit Holders: Carry Daily to Fight ‘Radicalized Islamic Extremists’
This article talks of concealed carry, but if you are comfortable with open carry, and don’t have a concealed carry license, then go ahead. (I open carry) We are the unorganized militia, who are responsible for protecting the Constitution, and the lives of innocents. – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor
On December 6, Sheriff Michael A. Helmig called on concealed carry permit holders in Boone County, Kentucky, to carry their guns daily to aid law enforcement in the fight against “radicalized Islamic extremists.”
Sheriff Helmig posted this call to duty to Facebook, where he wrote:
On January 16, 2013, I released a letter that outlined my commitment to the Second Amendment and Solemn Oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. In the wake of the recent tragedy in San Bernardino, California carried out by Radicalized Islamic Extremists and Terrorists, I continue to stand committed to the safety and security of our community; however I can’t do it alone.
He then referenced Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum of Ulster County, New York, who has urged concealed permit holders in his county to carry for the purpose of self-defense and stopping attacks post-San Bernardino.
I have reminded my current and retired Deputy Sheriffs of their responsibility to carry their firearms while off-duty. I would also like to remind the people who have applied, been trained, and issued a license to carry a Concealed Deadly Weapon (CCDW) that they also have a responsibility to carry their firearm, which they are proficient with, for the safety of themselves and others. It is also the responsibility of everyone to refresh themselves with the laws that govern the privilege and great responsibility that accompany being a CCDW license holder.
Helmig reminded Boone County residents to keep the Department of Homeland Security’s “If you see something, say something” campaign in mind and call 859-371-1234 or dial 911 if terrorist activity is spotted.
He closed his call for armed citizens by writing, “Each of us, as proud Kentuckians, has a great responsibility to uphold the values of the United States Constitution and protect this great nation from acts of foreign or domestic terrorism. ‘United We Stand, Divided We Fall.’”