Tim Sheldson is both a commissioner and a state representative. They are cutting the sherrif's budget, and Sheldon is warning criminals:
Seattle Times's take (where men sit down to pee.) http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009023958_websheldon11m...
Kitsap Sun's take: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/apr/10/sheldon-to-criminals-mason-cou... Kitsap is next door to mason County.
This has nothing to do with nukes. What an absurd extrapolation! When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away. That's the basic issue. Owning and carrying a firearm is a right, not a privilege. The Supreme Court in the Heller Decision has confirmed that, so get over it.
Having said that, a citizen who wants to protect his home also has a responsibility to be well-trained. In a confrontation, your body will perform an 'adrenalin dump' on you (fight or flight) and you had better be able to work through it. That takes training. I suggest the Seattle Firearms Academy (http://www.firearmsacademy.com/) or Frontsight Academy (near Las Vegas: http://www.frontsight.com/) as places where you can get good, professional, tactical training in the safe operation of firearms. Although taking the local 'intro' NRA classes at the range is a good thing to do, it's not enough training for the real world. You need more.
Secondly, we all know that when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. When Australia outlawed guns, the crime rate went up. Where do the scum get guns? They steal them from you. It is also your responsibility to keep any firearms hidden and locked up in a secure safe. It's not a good idea to openly advertise you have firearms. As one person above stated, you are just as likely to get burgled when you are not home. A 'This house is guarded by Smith & Wesson 3 days a week; you guess which 3' may sound tough, but it is asking for trouble.
Thirdly, a CCL holder (concealed carry license) has subjected him or herself to a background check, been fingerprinted, and is on file with the local PD. These people are amongst the safest most responsible gun owners anywhere. These are not punk kids with revolvers stuck in their pants, but serious citizens. In the last 100 years the population has tripled while the number of accidental deaths from firearms has dropped six-fold on a per capita basis.
For the gun-a-phobic out there, you'll be running to your neighborwho is armed when things get tough, because the cops simply won't get there in time. They don't 'stop crime'--they clean up the aftermath.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
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