In the wake of a jihadi couple’s attack that shot down 14 of the husband’s unarmed San Bernardino County coworkers in a gun-free zone, a top local official is pushing for county employees to be allowed to be armed at work and to gain access to county facility weapons.
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Robert Lovingood announced his plan this week to submit his proposal to the county’s Board of Supervisors. His strategy shows that he has had enough of American citizens standing by as helpless victims of malicious attacks because they are denied their Second Amendment rights to bear arms at work.
A call to arms
“[It’s time] to make a strategic shift,” Lovingood declared regarding his new plans, according to Fox11.
The First District official wants to make sure county employees are no longer sitting targets.
“Empowering the people to protect themselves is a good place to start,” Lovingood wrote in his opinion piece published by the Victorville Daily Press.
Deterring criticism from gun control activists who believe that championing gun rights will increase violence and return America to the Wild West, the concerned county official assured America that his plan is civil and legal.
“Make no mistake: This is not a call for vigilantism,” Lovingood promised. “This is a call for self-defense under the law.”
He says that what America now has in place no longer works with the extreme uptick of Islamic terrorism in the name of jihad.
“Gun-free zones can’t provide protection from killers … And killers are the problem, not good, honest, responsible people who are armed,” the gun rights advocate proclaimed. “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.”
Never again …
Committed to not allow the carnage that took place last November in San Bernardino ever happen again, Lovingood has been a vocal proponent of protecting Americans after the massacre. Since the carnage that took place at the hands of the two Islamic terrorists who slaughtered 14 county workers and wounded 22 others at a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center where the husband attacker worked, Lovingood has been a public face keeping Americans updated about the aftermath of the attack.
“Terror has arrived at our doorsteps, and we will and we can never be the same again,” the county supervisor announced at the first Board of Supervisors meeting after the attack.
Lovingood’s detailed plan includes a number of facets.
“Lovingood’s plan is a three-pronged approach: Calling for county workers — especially those with military experience — to be voluntarily armed, advocating for a ‘strategically located weapons’ cache and encouraging the populace to apply for concealed weapons permits,” Fox News Reports.
San Bernardino County Land Use Technician Anthony McCune voiced mixed reactions over Lovingood’s proposal.
“I can see why that would be a really good idea, but I can also see why that would bother a lot of people for people to be armed here,” McCune commented to FOX11 about the plan.
Taking matters into their own hands
Private citizens have already taken action in the matter into their own hands, with one report revealing that county residents are tired of counting on the government for their protection. They now feel called to do something that the U.S. Constitution has allowed them to do for centuries — arm themselves.
The Desert Sun newspaper reports that applications for concealed gun carry permits increased nine-fold during the month following the Muslim militants’ attack.
The national media has published similar reports since the Southern California tragedy.
“Gun sales have spiked in San Bernardino since the Dec. 2 shootings and so have applications for concealed carry permits,” Fox News announced. “Jodi Miller, a public information officer with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, told FoxNews.com that more than 1,000 new applications have flooded in for concealed carry permits in the last two months.”
The deluge of the public’s response to the terrorist attack has been so intense that law enforcement has more than had its hands full — and applicants’ patience with increased wait times is projected to run thin.
“But the Sheriff’s Department has had a tough time keeping up with the deluge of permit requests,” the Fox News report continued. “Miller said the department was adding personnel to help alleviate the backlog of applications, but as of now, the wait is 12 months. Before the attacks, the wait was about three months.”
However, despite being inundated with the requests, local law enforcement officials are behind Lovingood’s plan to empower citizens 100 percent.
“The Sheriff’s Department supports any decision made by the Board of Supervisors,” Miller stressed.