It's a contest among the right wing Sheriffs of America: who can ensure the least amount of safety for their citizenry? We had Sheriff Ivey, the Florida Sheriff, employed by the NRA, who wants everyone locked and loaded for imaginary combat who took care of the Sunshine Stand Your Ground State.
Now we have Hughes Springs, Texas Sheriff, Randy Kennedy who spars with Alan Colmes on his weekly Versus segment. Colmes provides the voice of reason, and came armed with real life statistics that show how much MORE unsafe a firearm in the home will make you. Facts matter, and since the NRA is not one of the three branches of government, it should never be omitted: more guns equal more death.
The interview was what you'd expect from a bellicose Sheriff who lionizes guns as a magical cure for some alleged terrorists. He listed the murders in his town over the last two decades or so. He claims that there was only one gun-related: a murder suicide. He proceeded to provide the gory details of a few killings using blunt force trauma, thereby eliminating the possibility of mass casualties via firearms.
Alan chose Kennedy as his guest, likely because his Facebook post went viral, where he calls for all citizens to be armed, with the exception of maybe infants (?). Here's the gist of his rant:
Never fear, the Sheriff isn't completely nuts. At least he wants us to believe that. He assures Alan,
"Don't let these things fall into the hands of children. Make sure they don't fall into the hands of the mentally ill. Make sure if you're going to get one, make sure you take a course and use these things respectfully, because of the nature of the object."
Sheriff Kennedy took offense at the President's gun address given last Sunday, because it was just too politically correct for him. He wanted more specifics, of course. But let's be realistic, this is not all there is to Sheriff Randy Kennedy. He was putting his best foot forward and on his best behavior for Colmes' interview. But last week, it sounded a bit different. Freak Out Nation reports:
According to the chief, “nobody who is a legal gun owner has ever wanted to harm or kill anyone.” Ha ha ha, that jokey jokester!
The firearms used in the San Bernardino, California attacks were purchased legally by an old friend of one of the attackers.
Kennedy used his psychic powers to go on to predict that law enforcement officers would one day need to be saved by “a group of my citizens.”
“And I don’t want you running out of bullets, and I don’t you running out of guns before you’re able to pull our bacon out of the fire,” he said.
Sheriff K is trying to rationalize why President Obama couldn't have been more tough on them thar Muslims. So he poses the question,
"How many Muslims have been massacred in the streets since 9-11? (He continues on): The American people are a compassionate people....I'm paraphrasing here, don't talk bad about the Muslims...We are at war with the radicalized element of that religion. It is a perversion of it, I agree...
Even Kennedy agrees with Alan, that saying radical Islam is in error, he admits it is assuredly a perversion of the faith. So, he plays reasonable again.
"I'm not asking them to be vigilantes, I'm asking them to be trained and abide by the law."
Once again, his reasonable tone should fool no one. The rednecks of the area might have a few things to say about the whole call to arms notion.
Neighboring Cass County Sheriff, Sheriff Larry Rowe. agreed with Kennedy’s thoughts on arming citizens.
“And I do not have a problem with that whatsoever,” Rowe said.
“Especially in the rural areas,” Rowe said, expressing doubts Jihadists would want to target his county. “We’ve got plenty of rednecks, baby. I don’t think this would be a great spot for them to camp out.”
Yeah. No vigilantism expected here. Move along.