On Monday the Harnett County Sheriff, Larry Rollins, told a group of concerned citizens to arm themselves.

When I am out with my family, even though I am a cop, I don’t go anywhere without a gun,” Rollins told the crowd. “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.

This should not come as news to everyone that the police cannot be everywhere and can only respond to a crime once it has begun, and generally arrive after the crime has been committed.