SIDNEY — It’s been said that history will always repeat itself. In today’s society things are no different.
“These past few years we hear and read of shootings across the world and in our very own nation. When you watch the news, listen to the radio, read the paper or use social media, it is evident that violent crime is all around us,” said Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart.
“Locally we have not had any incidents of active shootings, although we haven’t, I believe that the majority of our citizens do not feel reasonably safe in their own homes, work or in their travels. It is obvious to me that we cannot depend on our federal or state government to carry the burden of protecting us. The Obama Administration’s solution to gun violence is to limit your rights to bear arms. If we can’t have arms to protect us and we can’t expect the government to protect us then what are we to do?” said Lenhart.
“My answer as your sheriff is that I will not let the government take away your rights as citizens to bear arms. As the chief law enforcement officer of Shelby County I am asking that Shelby County Citizens strongly consider obtaining their Concealed Carry Weapons permits. I held a CCW class the last week of December and have filled a class for the first week of February. We are planning future classes and will schedule classes as we receive requests,” he said.
The county’s classes are not exclusive, he said. There are several CCW schools in the area, which meet Ohio’s CCW guidelines.
“Let me say it again, I am asking that Shelby County Citizens strongly consider obtaining their CCW permits,” said Lenhart.
In addition for those who do not want to carry a gun, Lenhart is offering a class on personal safety and what to do in case you’re in a place where an active shooter may be. The class is called SAFE Surviving After Firefight Education, which will be an hour long education seminar designed toward teaching citizens how to survive an active shooter situation. The classes will be held at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and those wishing to attend a future SAFE seminar or a CCW class, contact Lt. Cori Steiner at 937-494-2109 or email her at email@example.com.
“I will continue to do everything within my means to see that the citizens of Shelby County are safe and will always strive to protect them,” said Lenhart.