Bureaucrat Says it is Wrong to Advise Citizens to Arm Themselves in Self-Defense
December 5, 2012
San Bernardino City Attorney James Penman had to clarify comments he made about firearms and self-defense to members of the city council who found his remarks “inappropriate,” according to the Huffington Post.
Penman had told residents to “lock your doors and load your guns” due to a lack of police presence in the California city because of bankruptcy. “The problem is serious,” Penman said. “The Police Department will do everything it can to protect you. … But they can’t do everything they would like” because of financial problems.
The City Attorney told The Press-Enterprise he was repeating what the police officers told him – San Bernardino can give only basic law enforcement services due to cutbacks.
“We need to stop giving people false hope,” Penman said. “We have to start encouraging people to protect themselves. The situation is that bad in San Bernardino.”
Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association, said citizens arming themselves against criminals may lead to acts of vigilantism. “For the city attorney to come out and make a statement like that, it’s fear-mongering at its worst and it’s unnecessary, especially at a time like this when we all should be working together,” he said.