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Ohio judge tells residents to arm yourselves.


The Sheriffs department of Ashtabula County Ohio, with a population of 102k, to residents to arm themselves when asked what to do about cuts in law enforcement.

From wkyc…

Ashtabula County Common Pleas Judge Alfred Mackey was asked what residents should do to protect themselves and their families with the severe cutback in law enforcement.

“Arm themselves,” the judge said. “Be very careful, be vigilant, get in touch with your neighbors, because we’re going to have to look after each other.”

Ashtabula County gun dealers and firearms instructors tell WKYC their business has really picked up since the Sheriff’s Department cutbacks began some months ago.

“That’s exactly why they are coming, so that they can protect themselves,” says Tracy Williams, a certified firearms instructor in Jefferson. “They don’t feel that they are protected. They want to be able to protect themselves.”

Williams says interest in his classes has doubled recently, and many of those coming are people who he would not normally expect to have interest in obtaining a concealed carry permit.

“And as far as him (Judge Mackey) telling you to arm yourselves and protect yourselves, you don’t have any other option,” Williams told WKYC. “We don’t have the law enforcement out here to handle it right now.”

Ashtabula County, where unemployment is higher than the state average, is asking voters to approve a one half per cent sales tax increase in May.