Here is a person who stood up to criminals. Unfortunately, he had to bring a protest sign to a shoot out. His government disarmed him and therefore he was easy prey against his enemy who is well armed and cold blooded.
Good people who are unarmed stand no chance against animals with weapons. Arm the people of that town and I am willing to bet that after a short spike in violence and a long clean up of dead bad guy parts the streets become a lot safer.