I’ve said it a thousand times at least, but California isn’t the kind of place you look to for a pro-gun sentiment. The state makes it ridiculously difficult to get a carry permit, makes it difficult to buy or sell a firearm, and makes it an all-around pain in the rear to even own a gun. They don’t like the Second Amendment in that state.

So when you have a sheriff in California not just saying people can carry if they have a permit, but that they should carry if they have one, that’s news. And that’s precisely what happened.

Promoting the right to bear arms and defend yourself, a California sheriff is encouraging law-abiding concealed-carry holders in his jurisdiction to help safeguard themselves and others.

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux of Tulare County, Calif., recently he took to Twitter to make a statement in support of the Second Amendment.

Sheriff Boudreaux tweeted: “I encourage all CCW holders in Tulare County to exercise your rights. Do so legally and only with a valid permit. Secure our communities and protect life by being able to defend ourselves against active shooters, threats to life and those who use guns for criminal behavior.”

Reactions ran the gamut. Some commenters suggested the county was like the Wild West. Other commenters reacted positively, with responses like: “I want to move to your county” and “Thank you Sheriff Boudreaux for believing in the Citizens of Tulare County and for encouraging us to take our protection seriously!”

I always get tickled at the Wild West comments, mostly because all most of these folks know of the Wild West is from what they’ve seen in the movies. They don’t grasp that the most notorious gunfight of the Old West–the Shootout at the OK Corral–was about gun control rather than the result of guns just being everywhere.

Whoops.

For what it’s worth, I agree with Sheriff Boudreaux and think his suggestion is perfect. The truth of the matter is that his deputies can’t be everywhere at all times. They have this pesky flaw most law enforcement agencies have. They only hire humans. That means they can only be at one place at a time, so if they’re in Point “A” then they can’t be at Point “B” where something might be about to go down.

Lawfully armed citizens, however, can be in more places. While they’re not police officers–nor should they think they should act as police officers, to be clear–they are available to deal with dangerous situations such as a threat to human life. You know, things like mass shooters.

It sounds like a large number of Boudreaux’s constituents support his statement, as they should.

Sooner or later, folks will need to wake up to the idea that the police cannot protect you. It’s not that they won’t, it’s that they can’t. They have no duty to do so, but even if they did, reality will interfere. You’re on your own for personal protection, so don’t be stupid. Don’t expect the world to protect you. If you can carry, carry.