Oakland LaRonne Armstrong
Oakland, CA Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong. Screencap by Boch via KTVU

As we reported yesterday, Oakland’s police chief LeRonne Armstrong held a media briefing about the arrest of a Good Samaritan who used his gun to thwart the assault and robbery of a woman outside his store. If there was ever a poster child for why the little people need self-defense insurance this police chief and his smarmy little grin is it.

The chief told the local media – grinning all the while – that “We don’t want people to fire weapons into our community. There could be unintended victims.” The message was clear: don’t resist bad guys who attack you because you could miss.

Hey chief, members of your community don’t want to be robbed in broad daylight on your city’s streets that you’re failing to keep safe. You can’t blame law-abiding citizens from choosing to defend themselves with the best tools for the job.

Chief Armstrong just kept digging in another media interview:

“Particularly, we don’t want people to fire weapons into our community,” he said. “When weapons are fired in our community, there could be unintended victims; people who are hit by gunfire. And we want to avoid that as much as we can.”


A 36-year-old man faces one count of felony assault with a firearm, authorities said.

A community member told KTVU that the store owner fired four gunshots when he witnessed a woman being robbed for her camera outside his store at 9th and Franklin streets on Monday at about 5:45 p.m. No one was injured after his gun went off.

Inquiring readers might ask for whom Chief LeRonne advocates. Does he care more about protecting violent criminal predators, or does he seek to defend law-abiding residents who pay his salary?

You decide.

Either way, if you own a gun, you need self-defense insurance.

US Law Shield has a great product that runs about $130 per year for the first year. I spend my own money each year to carry their coverage.

There’s also Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network. Like Massad Ayoob, I’m a member of their program as well.

And US Concealed Carry Association has a comprehensive program as well. Hint: use a throwaway email address if you sign up with them as they’re going to spam the heck out of it.

Whichever one you choose, get insurance. It works even if you don’t carry your gun and you defend yourself in your own home or business. So you’ll have a good criminal defense attorney who can wipe that smarmy little grin right off an elitist, politically-appointed hack, one who wants to put you on trial for exercising your God-given, constitutionally-protected civil right of self-defense.

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