Harnett County, North Carolina is located in the central part of the state between Raleigh and Fayetteville. The county is mostly rural with a population of just over 100,000 people.
Lately, there has been an increase in violent crimes and the citizens of Harnett County are growing concerned and scared. Just in the past few weeks, several people have been shot and killed and others injured, so about 130 residents gathered at a local church to pray about the violence and ask questions of what they can do.
Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins was at the meeting and when the people asked him what they can do, he responded:
“Even though I’m a cop, I don’t go anywhere without a gun. I want my deputies to get there just as fast as they possibly can if you’ve got a problem. But you better be able to take care of business before we get there if you need to protect your family.”
“Violence is all around us. I mean it’s sad we have to have that attitude, but I am going to protect myself and my family.”
Sheriff Rollins answer to the growing violence joins the same responses from more and more law enforcement officials throughout the country. Perhaps the most notable example was Detroit’s Police Chief James Craig. Jerry Henry, President and Founder of GeorgiaCarry.org commented about Chief Craig:
“Most of the sheriffs in the country believe in the Second Amendment. It’s an elected office so they don’t have much choice.”
“My opinion is, if police chiefs believe in this right, they should state that, but they’re hired by mayors and city councils that often are not in favor of gun ownership so that’s more unusual, especially in the bigger cities. The chief of Detroit, he was a strong proponent of gun control but when he got over there (to Detroit), he saw the light.”
“That’s all political with police chiefs, I can assure you of that. I have seen police chiefs of universities who have made some rather stupid statements because their boss was there when I knew for a fact they didn’t believe what they were saying. I won’t name names, but they say what the boss wants them to say for the most part.”
People need to be aware that the role of police and sheriff deputies is not the protection of the people. This is a misconception that so many have. According to the US Supreme Court decision in Warren v. District of Columbia in 1981, the police do not have the duty to provide protection and services to individuals except under specific assignments.
If the police, sheriff deputies or any other law enforcement agency is not legally responsible for your protection, then you need to heed the words of Sheriff Rollins and do what you have to do to protect you and your family. In most cases, that means getting a gun and learning how to use it. I’ve always been taught to lead by example, but when our nation’s leaders don’t obey the laws, you can’t expect the citizens to either. Consequently we are seeing increases in violent crimes in many areas of the country, including Harnett County, North Carolina.
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