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Ulster County, NY - Citing Shootings, Upstate NY Sheriff Urges Citizens To Carry Guns

Published on: December 3, 2015 03:25 PM
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Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum Credit Sheriff Paul J. Van BlarcumSheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum Credit Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum

Albany, NY - An upstate New York sheriff is urging residents of his county who are licensed gun owners to arm themselves when they leave home, citing recent mass shootings in the United States and Paris.

“I urge you to responsibly take advantage of your legal right to carry a firearm,” Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum, a Democrat, wrote on the department’s Facebook page less than 24 hours after 14 people were shot dead in San Bernardino, California.

The post quickly drew hundreds of comments, for and against it.

“I’m not trying to drum up a militia of any sort,” Van Blarcum told The Associated Press on Thursday. “It’s just a reminder that if you want to, you have a right to carry it. It might come in handy. It’s better to have it than not have it. We’re partners with the public in crime prevention.”

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The largely rural county in the Catskill Mountains about two hours north of New York City has 10,000 licensed handgun owners, Van Blarcum said.

Many commenters on the Facebook page thanked Van Blarcum, saying people should be prepared to defend themselves. Others accused the sheriff of inciting vigilantism and said it’s irresponsible to encourage those who are untrained in active shooter situations to carry guns.

“There were more positive comments than negative, but the negative ones are very adamant,” Van Blarcum said. “I respect the people who disagree with me. As a licensed handgun owner, you make the decision whether you want to carry it or not. It’s a personal decision.”

The sheriff also urged all police officers, whether on active duty or retired, to never leave home without a firearm.

Last month, a sheriff in Idaho advised citizens to own firearms in the wake of two robberies by armed intruders who opened fire on homeowners.

Two years ago, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was accused by critics of promoting vigilantism when he aired a public service announcement urging residents to arm themselves for their own protection, citing budget cuts resulting in police layoffs. “You have a duty to protect yourself and your family,” he said.



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 Dec 03, 2015 at 03:58 PM Right OM Says:

This guy is right..but in the US today, under Hussein O', he will likely lose his job, very quickly. What a shame!

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 Dec 03, 2015 at 04:51 PM Mark Levin Says:

Nothing stops a criminal faster than someone packing heat.

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 Dec 03, 2015 at 05:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Guns will not solve the problem. Israel has lots of soldiers and police carrying guns around the country, and yet there's no stop to the terrorist attacks, whether it's with knives, scissors, screw drivers, guns or cars and trucks roaming into people, etc.

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 Dec 03, 2015 at 06:09 PM OscarMadison Says:

For every Jew, a .22

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 Dec 03, 2015 at 07:02 PM Anonymous Says:

It won't stop Muslim terrorists, they are not afraid to die.

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 Dec 03, 2015 at 07:43 PM Excuse_me!! Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Guns will not solve the problem. Israel has lots of soldiers and police carrying guns around the country, and yet there's no stop to the terrorist attacks, whether it's with knives, scissors, screw drivers, guns or cars and trucks roaming into people, etc.

Last time I checked, the stabbing video's coming out of Israel almost every time a man with a gun stops the attack usually saving the victims life and the life of others. Don't come to me with you twisted liberal mind and tell me guns don't save lives, how stupid can you be? Ask yourself this, 70 years ago hadn't the allies had bigger guns then the natzi's do you think A: would you be alive today? And B: would you have the freedom of wasting your mind on this bogus philosophy

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 Dec 03, 2015 at 08:40 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Guns will not solve the problem. Israel has lots of soldiers and police carrying guns around the country, and yet there's no stop to the terrorist attacks, whether it's with knives, scissors, screw drivers, guns or cars and trucks roaming into people, etc.

True, but there are few, if any, mass casualties. Once a terrorist attacks a couple of people he is shot dead, often by someone with a gun, like an ex soldier.

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 Dec 03, 2015 at 08:56 PM Anonymous Says:

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Mark Levin Says:

Nothing stops a criminal faster than someone packing heat.

When we read about some member of the Levin family being "accidently" shot, we will fondly remember you constant and mindless rants about the wisdom of everyone "packing heat". More people will die than lives saved by promoting a gun carrying culture.

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