San Bernardino Supervisor: Armed Citizens Can Prevent Another Terror Attack

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San Bernardino County supervisor–and vice chair of the Board of Supervisors–Robert A. Lovingood is urging residents to get their concealed carry licenses and carry guns for self-defense to prevent another December 2-style attack.

Writing in Daily Press, Lovingood observes:

As [we saw on]…Dec. 2, terrorists and criminals can strike defenseless civilians before law enforcement can arrive. So when seconds count, responsible armed citizens can act immediately to cut short a disaster. Armed civilians also deter crime. And research indicates that law-abiding citizens carrying concealed weapons do not increase gun crimes or deadly gun accidents.

Make no mistake: This is not a call for vigilantism. This is a call for self-defense under the law.

Gun-free zones can’t provide protection from killers. And killers are the problem, not good, honest, responsible people who are armed. When every second counts, well-trained, armed citizens can save lives. In the recent surge of terrorist stabbings in Israel, the government encouraged citizens to carry firearms under the law. That has been an effective deterrent.

In addition to pushing for more law-abiding citizens to arm themselves for self-defense, Lovingood is also “advocating for a policy change to allow volunteers among the County’s workforce to be trained and authorized to carry concealed weapons and have access to weapons at County facilities.” He also believes the County should “consider strategically located weapons caches at County facilities,” which “could be secured in biometric safes with fingerprint locks, ensuring that only authorized individuals have access.”

Loving good concluded his points by writing:

After terrorists murdered 67 people at a mall in Kenya in 2013, Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said in an interview, “You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’

In my view, the clear answer is yes.

AWR Hawkins is Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and Political Analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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