Black Sheriff Warns Rioters He'll Deputize ‘Every Lawful Gun Owner In This County’ To Keep People Safe
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Most Americans would agree that it is time for the federal government to step in and ensure that protesters are not allowed to destroy property, including government property, by tearing down statues, setting police cars on fire, buildings on fire, and attacking other people.
And one Sherriff just sent that message to potential rioters in a major way.
Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels went viral after he warned rioters "deputize every lawful gun owner in this county" to protect the community and keep businesses safe.
“Lawlessness, that’s unacceptable in this country,” Daniels said in a video that was posted to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office’s official Facebook page. “Lawlessness, that’s unacceptable in Clay County, and if you threaten to come to Clay County and think that for one second that we’ll bend our backs for you, you’re sadly mistaken.”
“Tearing up Clay County, that’s not going to be acceptable,” Daniels later added. “And if we can’t handle you, you know what I’ll do? I will exercise the power and authority as the sheriff, and I will make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county and I’ll deputize them for this one purpose: to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility.”
Below is the full transcript of his comments:
Hey folks, me and the men and women of the Clay County Sherriff’s Office just want to weigh in on what we see going on played out across the media, our mainstream media in this country. Look folks, don’t fall victim to subjecting yourselves to this conversation that law enforcement is bad, that law enforcement is the enemy of the citizens that we’re sworn to protect and serve. We swore an oath, and in that oath we swore to support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States and the government and that we’re duly qualified under the state’s constitution to hold office. That is for me as a sheriff and for these men and women as deputy sheriffs, and we end that with ‘so help me God.’
But God is absent from the media’s message, or Black Lives Matter, or any other group out there that’s making themselves a spectacle, disrupting what we know to be our quality of life in this country. In Clay County, we have a great quality of life. We have a great relationship with our community, but across this country, not so much. I just wanted to take a stand with these men and with these women who feel the same way that I do. Lawlessness, that’s unacceptable in this country. Lawlessness, that’s unacceptable in Clay County and if you threaten to come to Clay County and think that for one second that we’ll bend our backs for you, you’re sadly mistaken. I know what happens when lawlessness prevails, and in this day and time, God is raising up men and women just like the folks you see standing behind me, who will have strong backbones and will stand in the gap between lawlessness and the good citizenry that we’re sworn to protect and serve.
So you can threaten all you want, you can say, ‘Hey, let’s go to Clay County’ or let’s go to some other peaceful county where their problems don’t exist or not so much like across this country, where relationships are great and not strained, and where the people support their sheriff and support the men and women who wear the uniform, and you’ll have something waiting on you that you don’t want. Yes, we’ll protect your constitutional rights as long you remain under the umbrella of peaceful protest, or peaceful march, but the second that you step out from up under the protection of the Constitution, we’ll be waiting on you and we’ll give you everything you want: all the publicity, all the pain, all the glamour and glory, for all that five minutes will give you. Is it a threat? Absolutely not. But somebody has to step up in front of the camera and say, ‘Enough is enough.’ Tearing up Clay County, that’s not going to be acceptable. And if we can’t handle you, you know what I’ll do? I will exercise the power and authority as the sheriff, and I will make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county, and I’ll deputize them for this one purpose: to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility. That’s what we’re sworn to do and that’s what we’re gonna do. You’ve been warned.
Last week, several Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus called on Attorney General William Barr to start arresting those who break the law.
“We can acknowledge the necessity of federal intervention when states and local jurisdictions allow the rights of their citizens to violate public property to be attacked, vandalized, and destroyed,” said Andy Biggs, the House Freedom Caucus Chairman.
Federal officials should "immediately begin making arrests of those who are attempting to violate rights and disturb our peace and vandalize our federal property and attacking our private property,” he said.
"You don't have liberty if you don't have order," Republican Rep. Chip Roy, of Texas, said. "It's time for the federal government to do its job and enforce the laws of the United States. We have federal laws on the books that prohibit the kind of vandalism that is attacking our memorials."
President Donald Trump has also weighed in on this issue.
Last week, he signed an executive order to authorize federal authorities to arrest anyone who destroys or vandalizes a monument or statue on federal property.
"I think many of the people that are knocking down these statues don't even have any idea what the statue is, what it means, who it is," he said, The Examiner reported.
"Now, they're looking at Jesus Christ. They're looking at George Washington. They're looking at Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson. Not gonna happen. Not gonna happen. Not as long as I'm here,” he said.
"I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue, or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent," he said.
"This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!" he said.
During an interview last Thursday on Fox News, Trump told host Sean Hannity that he understood the complaints from those who want the statue removed.
He said he could see what they were saying about the imagery but stood firm that he “can also see beauty” in the statue.
“You know, we can take things down, too,” he said. “I can understand certain things being taken down. But they ought to go through a process, legally.
“And then we take it down, in some cases put 'em in museums or wherever they may go,” the president said of the statue and other statues.