A North Carolina sheriff is urging local residents to arm themselves as a means of personal protection in response to a rise in violent crime.
According to WGHP, Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins addressed over 100 people in the Spring Hill United Methodist Church on Monday night, as people gathered for a meeting to discuss a recent increase in crime and violence in the area.
During the meeting, Sheriff Rollins said the violence is caused by gangs and drugs. He encouraged attendees to arm themselves for protection, adding that he always travels with a gun.
“When I am out with my family, even though I am a cop, I don’t go anywhere without a gun,” Rollins said. “I mean it’s sad we have to have that attitude, but I am going to protect myself and my family. I want my deputies at your house just as fast as they can when you got a problem, but you better be able to take care of business until we get there if you have to protect your family.”
As WGHP reports, parts of Harnett County are experiencing a population boom, leaving many residents nervous that crime is coming to their front doorstep. Those people are looking for answers.
“I think they are working hard trying to get solutions, for us which comforts us a little bit, but still, knowing it’s out there and knowing it happens every day, still doesn’t make you feel safe,” said resident Jamie Salmon.
Other speakers during Monday’s meeting said to call deputies if they see anything suspicious, and keep a watchful eye on themselves and their neighbors, WGHP said.
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