‘Don’t Rely On Law Enforcement For Your Safety’ Says Texas Sheriff to Citizens

‘Don’t Rely On Law Enforcement For Your Safety’ Says Texas Sheriff to Citizens

Life happens, and death happens. Sometimes, for those of us that own guns, it happens in a way we may not like. But when it comes down to shooting some thug breaking into my house or my own life, I am not waiting around to find out. At all. Western Journalism Reports:

Sheriff Michael Lindsey Ray

Just days after a homeowner in his county was forced to shoot an intruder, Van Zandt County, Texas, Sheriff Michael Lindsey Ray shared some controversial advice with his constituents.

“Presently,” he said, “as the result of underfunding and inadequate staffing at the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, homeowners need to take appropriate precautions to protect their families.”

He went on to say that he “will continue to support the law-abiding citizens of our community when they are forced to take actions to protect their lives, liberty and property.”

Many openly supported Ray’s direct remarks, noting that defense is best handled on an individual level.

“Everyone,” one reader wrote in response to a report by The Blaze, “regardless of how funded the Sheriff’s Department is, should take this man’s advice. It is your responsibility to defend yourself. No law enforcement is obligated by law to actually defend you. They’re there to mop up afterwards.”

For some Van Zandt County residents, however, the prospect of securing their own property is a daunting one.

“The fact that he’s telling us that we have to protect ourselves is kind of scary,” Roxanne Lewis said. “I don’t know how to shoot a weapon. I don’t own a weapon.”

Even County Judge Don Kirkpatrick got involved in the debate.

“It’s disappointing,” he said in response to Ray’s remarks. “It saddens me that as elected officials in Van Zandt County we’re going to start pointing fingers.”

He went on to say his is “a safe county to live in,” noting the sheriff’s department has received some additional resources recently.

Despite the apparent difference in opinion, however, Kirkpatrick applauded Ray’s service as sheriff.

“I’m very proud of our sheriff,” he said. “He does a great job and his people, the sheriff’s department, does a great job with what they’ve got to work with.”

Yes, it can be daunting to learn anything new, but protecting yourself and your family should not be an option here. This is a needed skill for anyone that is an American citizen. Many folks have saved their lives, and the lives of their families without even firing a shot. Sometimes the sight of a gun is enough to scare a thief off. Take heed of this advice – law enforcement probably can’t reach you in the time it takes you to reach for your gun.

Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie


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