“The message is clear: If you come here to peaceably assemble and protest, we’re gonna make sure we protect your constitutional right to do that and we encourage it,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a video statement. He followed that with a sober warning:
“I would tell them, if you value your life, they probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County because the people of Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns, and they’re going to be in their homes tonight with their guns loaded, and if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns.”
That bit of commonsense advice brought swift condemnation from prominent opponents of the right to keep and bear arms. The echo chamber over at Shannon Watts’ Twitter feed was representative, with some of the “nicer” ones asserting:
“This man needs to be removed from his job! … Fire. HIM. … Irresponsible rhetoric. He should resign.”
“[J]ust walk out on the balcony, put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house…”
Or alternatively to:
“[J]ust fire the shotgun through the door…”
Apparently firing a gun when you don’t know who is on the receiving end, aside from opening one up to felony endangering and homicide charges, qualifies as “commonsense gun safety” with those who demand you and I be disarmed. That and shoot assailants in the legs.
But when a sheriff suggests people being attacked take appropriate measures to defend themselves and their homes, that makes him, at least according to some of Shannon’s Twitter followers, “a lot of fun at klan parties…” [and] “a White Privileged Extremist”…
Self-defense, the manipulators originating such memes would have us believe, is an act of privileged racism. That’s calculated because they know such accusations in today’s Chinese-style “social credit” environment can ruin a person.
We see report after report of armed citizens deterring violence merely by possessing the means to do so. We also see police officials admitting they will be too late to protect victims (and indeed have no duty to do so). In some cases, they're even powerless to protect themselves.
Don’t expect the cognitive dissonance between willful delusions and reality to register with doctrinaire gun-grabbers. They’re incapable of logical consistency and will just have to learn the hard way if they’re ever going to learn at all.
And speaking of cognitive dissonance, Sheriff Judd showed everyone his big “but” (as I believe in the Second Amendment but…) a while back when he called on “Congress to outlaw devices designed and manufactured, imported, or possessed, for making any firearm simulate or function as or in the manner of an automatic firearm,” and used his bully pulpit to speak out against open carry. You can't have it both ways, Sheriff: It's either “shall not be infringed” or “infringed.”
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.