Broward County Sheriff Calls for ‘No Guns’ List for ‘Mentally Ill’ after Ft. Lauderdale Airport Murders

The “progressive” solution to evil in a “gun-free zone” is more victim pool disarmament. [Ft. Laudrdale-Hollywood International Airport security video screenshot]

Ignoring the inescapable fact that last Friday’s killings at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport happened in a “gun-free zone,” Broward County’s Democrat Sheriff Scott Israel instead called for increasing the number of people prohibited from firearms ownership, the Sun Sentinel reported Sunday. Israel joins all the gun-grabber groups in calling for further bans, with some characterizing procedures for checking firearms in with baggage on flights as “a gap in the system.”

“Airport Carry is legal in 44 states, but Florida will put you in jail,” Florida Carry observes about an obvious and actual gap in “non-sterile” areas. While some legislators are working to fix that, opposition from the citizen disarmament lobby makes clear they want law enforcement to be the only ones authorized to have guns. And we can see how that worked out.

“Once again, the cops ‘form a perimeter’ while a mass murderer goes about his business,” frequent Ft. Lauderdale airport visitor Thomas DiLorenzo notes on LewRockwell.com. “There is an armed TSA bureaucrat sitting at a desk where you exit the terminal area and go into baggage claim. He sits about ten paces from the first baggage carousel, where the shootings occurred. Despite this, the news is reporting that the Fort Lauderdale shooter reloaded twice, and then when he ran out of ammo began walking out of the airport, at which point the cops finally emerged from their ‘perimeter’ and arrested him. But not after he murdered five people and shot eight others without any interference at all by the TSA, state police, or county cops who are always crawling all over the Fort Lauderdale airport like ants at a picnic.”

We’ve seen this phenomenon before, and we’ve seen courts rule there is no duty to protect citizens, even if armed police are nearby. That case involved two New York City transit officers who, rather than intervene to stop a slasher’s stabbing attack, “locked themselves in a motorman’s car only a few feet from … the attack.”

“Something has got to change,” Sheriff Israel told the Sun Sentinel, ignoring that reality, and leaving what that “something” is unsaid. “Israel didn’t know what form the laws should take, but said people diagnosed with mental-health issues, ‘should be put on some type of list that it’s mandatory that they not come in possession of firearms.’”

That’s right out of the “something must be done” playbook, and that opens the door to “anything goes.” Which, of course, is the plan.

“A person suffering from mental illness, in my opinion, should not be able to buy, possess or carry a handgun or a rifle, any type of firearm. Convicted felons — same. People who are put on no-fly lists — the same. We shouldn’t be selling them weapons and allowing them to carry weapons.

“We need to take guns out of the hands of people that are suffering from mental illness,” he elaborated, adding confiscation into the mix.

What the sheriff is doing is casting a wide net in which everyone can potentially be caught up to deal with the evil deeds of someone who had reportedly given authorities numerous opportunities to see they were dealing with someone who was a danger to others. He’s also establishing himself as a rights-infringing oath-breaker instead of an Oath Keeper.

An inescapable truth is, when you create “prohibited persons” lists, a lot of people who shouldn’t be on them end up there anyway. And getting off can be next to impossible for those who don’t possess the savvy, persistence and wherewithal to fight a “false positive.”

Another is that anyone who can’t be trusted with a gun can’t be trusted without a custodian. And that should only be determined with full due process, with all the equivalent protections of a jury trial, as opposed to what’s often called “adjudication” by list-compiling LEOs and government attorneys, judges, bureaucrats or “mental health professionals” who allow professional considerations and personal biases to affect their rulings.

About Author

David Codrea

David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.

Comments

  1. flinter 10 January, 2017, 13:49

    It is truly unfortunate that these people consider anyone who does not think the way they do, to be mentally ill. Just another way for the DC ” elites” to deprive us of our rights.

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    • Snake 11 January, 2017, 12:32

      Exactly it. ” Mental health ” is a farse used to violate our God-given rights and liberties.

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      • aljp497 12 January, 2017, 11:39

        If you are a vet and ask for any kind of prescription for sleep aid you are on the list and will have firearms taken from you

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    • Jo Se 12 January, 2017, 11:38

      Calling opposition criminals or mentallly defanged has been the way tyrants have always operated. See John The Babptist, Jesus, etc.

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    • jgalt6 12 January, 2017, 11:41

      What is missing from this story is the muslim connection, which it appears the authorities and MSM are burying. The shooter had allegedly converted to islam and if true, the reason for the murders and attempted murders are obvious. Islam = murder and terrorism.

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    • Truth4You 12 January, 2017, 12:22

      Right–WHO determines whether someone is “mentally ill” or not? A CRIMINAL will ALWAYS be able to get a gun, bomb, knife, etc……

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    • Joe 12 January, 2017, 14:22

      Seems to me that the sheriff is covering for his own failure to protect., oh that’s right he doesn’t have that duty., his only job to create perimeter and make sure the carnage doesn’t spread beyond the collateral damage, in my opinion he’s a coward that should turn in his badge and let somone else do the job..

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    • splinter37 12 January, 2017, 15:29

      well…my opinion all these ‘mentally ill’ shooters have been chipped and are acting under ‘mind control’ which is a favorite game of our ‘shadow govt’ that likes to keep the ‘terror’ war dragging on ! How else could they keep renewing the Patriot Act and now the NDAA which totally eliminates our Constitution! Perhaps we can get this new administration / congress to listen to the American people and shitcan these atrocious Acts created to put the Jack Boot on the neck of America! Just a thought: how did this guy get the bullets for the gun he supposedly checked on airplanes as he began firing as soon as he walked into lobby …after going to bathroom???? Hmmmmm…….

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  2. Cal 10 January, 2017, 17:46

    So what is wrong with this scenario?

    “Broward County’s Democrat Sheriff Scott Israel instead called for increasing the number of people prohibited from firearms ownership…”

    This person serving as a Broward County Sheriff is REQUIRED to take an Oath to first support and defend the US Constitution, and then the same to the Florida Constitution which is the two highest contracts that he is Oath bound under. Those are the REQUIREMENTS for him to serve within the position that he occupies.

    I am assuming all here KNOW what the US Constitution requires of Mr. Israel. Here is Florida’s Constitutional requirements (caps are mine).

    SECTION 1, Political power: “All political power is inherent in the people. The enunciation herein of certain rights SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO DENY OR IMPAIR OTHERS RETAINED BY THE PEOPLE.”

    SECTION 2, Basic rights: “All natural persons, female and male alike, are equal before the law and have inalienable rights, among which are the right to enjoy AND DEFEND LIFE AND LIBERTY, to pursue happiness, to be rewarded for industry, and to acquire, possess and protect property; except that the ownership, inheritance, disposition and possession of real property by aliens ineligible for citizenship may be regulated or prohibited by law. No person shall be deprived of any right person shall be deprived of any right because of race, religion, national origin, or physical disability.”

    So here in the first 2 sections the Sheriff has committed at least 2 felonies and the crime of Perjury. Yet this fact is ignored, why?

    SECTION 8, Right to bear arms: “(a) The right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and of the lawful authority of the state shall not be infringed, except that the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law.”

    SECTION 5, Public officers: “(b) Each state and county officer, before entering upon the duties of the office, shall give bond as required by law, and shall swear or affirm:

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, protect, and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States and of the State of Florida; that I am duly qualified to hold office under the Constitution of the state; and that I will well and faithfully perform the duties of (title of office) on which I am now about to enter. So help me God. …”

    So the first problem is that an “Officer of the Law”, a Sheriff, state governmental employee broke his Oath to keep the supreme and highest contracts that he is required to keep FIRST.

    SECTION 8, Ethics in government: “A public office is a public trust. The people shall have the right to secure and sustain that trust against abuse. To assure this right:
    (a) All elected constitutional officers and candidates for such offices and, as may be determined by law, other public officers, candidates, and employees shall file full and public disclosure of their financial interests.
    (b) All elected public officers and candidates for such offices shall file full and public disclosure of their campaign finances.
    (c) Any public officer or employee who breaches the public trust for private gain and any person or entity inducing such breach shall be liable to the state for all financial benefits obtained by such actions. The manner of recovery and additional damages may be provided by law.
    (d) Any public officer or employee who is convicted of a felony involving a breach of public trust shall be subject to forfeiture of rights and privileges under a public retirement system or pension plan in such manner as may be provided by law.”

    So he has openly committed a felony, broke his contract, etc and no one cares. It is not even mentioned.

    Let me make myself clear, I am completely for the US Constitution, and I changed my profession long ago (very long ago) because in my chosen profession the decision was made to go against the US Constitution. I made a thought out decision to work for my legitimate government as I believe – then and now – that it is worth fighting for, changing profession for, etc.

    But I will not ignore and not point out crimes committed by those who are Oath bound, whatever the position. It has cost me doors kicked in by those who chose to be *terrorists, knowingly or not – and it should NEVER be unknowingly when one is lawfully BOUND by the Oath. There is no one who serves within our government that can at will change our US Constitution or even a state Constitution. To behave as if those unlawful things are “law”, instead of “Color of Law”, pretend laws used against the people by Traitors and Domestic Enemies, or to ignore that my family or friends or others are not made into *terrorists for “just following orders” and “just doing their jobs” here and abroad (military/LE).

    Again I ask, if you are military and/or LE, make an informed decision because you also will live with the results done to our nation, way more then those of us who decided for our legitimate government as you will lose all for standing up and doing the fighting for the Traitors and Domestic Enemies.

    God Bless and Stay Safe All

    Cal
    If there were never intended to be action to defend the Constitution from those who are domestically attempting to destroy its power and authority, why would each Oath require it of those who take the Oaths?

    Chief Tecumseh: “When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

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    • Ordie _Rat 12 January, 2017, 12:29

      When they come for mine, they best bring theirs – I’m not giving them up without a fight. The thought of living on my knees just doesn’t appeal to me at all! This Sheriff needs to be stripped of his badge and thrown out on the streets. The Dems created this bull sh*t when they closed the booby hatches in 1968 – 1970. And the butt head that did the shooting gave advanced warning to the FBI but they let him go and gave the moron back his gun. Gee, isn’t that a violation of the 1968 Gun Control Act?!

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    • Rich 13 January, 2017, 05:53

      Absolutely well said. THANK YOU!

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  3. hummus abedin 10 January, 2017, 23:09

    Ft. Lauderdale murders my ass!
    That was a sharia law muslim terrorist attack.

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    • WGP 11 January, 2017, 08:40

      That’s right. It has been discovered he was a moozie before entering service. The corrupt government knows this and has suppressed the information on him.

      As for the sheriff, as Cal points out and I also constantly repeat in ad nauseam, where is the consequence for these lawless anti constitutional freaks? Is there not a hand full of individuals in Ft Lauderdale to attend his office with complaint?

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  4. Jo Se 12 January, 2017, 11:35

    Government and idiots think that they prevent pickpockets by cutting off everyone’s hands and that they can speed up the increase in population by telling 2 women to give birth in 4 1/2 months instead of 1 woman taking 9 months.

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  5. MIKE ALBERT 12 January, 2017, 11:42

    OF COURSE HE IS CALLING FOR THIS, IT WAS THE PLAN ALL ALONG TO GO AFTER SUCH A BROAD STROKE OF CLASSIFICATION , , , YOU MIGHT AS WELL SAY THAT EVERYONE THAT DRINKS ALCOHOL IS MENTALLY IMPARED TOO AND CAN’T OWN A GUN, , CAN’T WAIT TILL TRUMP TRAINS THE SWAMP OF THESE PARASITES, AMEN

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  6. Flybob 12 January, 2017, 11:43

    David….notice this http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/01/update-ft-lauderdale-shooter-esteban-santiago-joined-myspace-name-aashiq-hammad/ That living turd is DEFINITELY a muslim…NO one is reporting this. And Florida is looking hard at another seriously unconstitutional ar ban…..

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  7. marlene 12 January, 2017, 11:48

    LOL – Sheriff Scott himself would, in fact, qualify to BE on this List!

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  8. JPB 12 January, 2017, 11:55

    While still in Alaska this veteran knew he was going crazy. He went to the FBI, let them know he heard voices radicalizing him. They failed him, all veterans, and in their mission. He became a jihadist kicking and screaming and nobody listened. Hell, no one in the govt listens to disabled vets! Thus whole situation could have been prevented so easily.

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  9. InalienableWrights 12 January, 2017, 12:00

    This cop needs to be fired, and those like him in law enforcement run out of the profession. This did not turn out well for citizens when it was used in the USSR.

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  10. Scottishwarrior 12 January, 2017, 12:01

    All people who claim allegiance to the pedophile prophet are mentally ill. Plenty of opportunity to stop this before it happened. ISIS and other islamists bound forward (again) for one world Caliphate and international Sharia are using “lone wolf” tactics to scare us into submission because they have seen that even as decimated as obama has left it, our military will kick the crap out of them. The left wing loonies allow shootings like the ones in Fort Lauderdale and elsewhere in the USA to happen because they sing the PC and disarmament mantras that have never ever worked for the people anywhere at anytime in history. Totally disarmed people are pawns of the bad-guys and dictators. There is no doubt there are a helluva lot more of these nut job islamists biding their time to take over — as in Dearborn, Michigan and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, but they are also deliberately inciting the “lone Wolf” action to instill fear. What their achilles heel is, is that while some Americans fear them and can be controlled with that fear, many of us are not afraid, we are trained well, we do have weapons, and we WILL protect our homeland, family, friends, other fellow Americans and ourselves.

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  11. Edward Minor 12 January, 2017, 12:22

    Obviously that sheriff needs to be fired and replaced by someone who reads his contract to the constitution of the United States of America and the State he represents. Pledges to abide to those laws when he takes office. He has no right to modify, it, or ignore it. Just to carry out the duties required of him by obeying and enforcing the laws.If he can’t do that he needs to resign his commission and let someone who can, do it because he is a disgrace to his uniform !

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  12. TICKEDOFF 12 January, 2017, 12:33

    Sheriff Israel needs to have HIS weapon taken from him and HE should be prohibited from EVER getting within sniffing distance of ANY kind of weapon – NOT EVEN A PEA SHOOTER OR PAPER SPIT WAD SHOOTER. he’s OBVIOUSLY mentally incompetent.

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  13. Green Giant 12 January, 2017, 12:34

    The agenda is controlled by the elite. And that has NOTHING to do with safety. It has everything to do with disarming ALL Americans. That “Democrat” sheriff is like so many other LEOs. As they abuse their power, they would prefer that NO ONE be able to defend themselves against their abuse. No way. No how.
    Broward was the county where a deputy had a voting machine in the back seat of his care, during one of those “recount” incidents. That is so they could make sure that they had ENOUGH votes to get their way.
    Get it? He is corrupt.

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  14. RUTH 12 January, 2017, 12:35

    ALL THESE MORONS ARE GOING TO DO IS STOP PEOPLE FROM FLYING AND THEN THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY WILL SUFFER , THEY ARE DAMAGING THEMSELVES IN THIS PROCESS OF THESE NEW GUN LAWS , GO FLORIDA NO ONE WILL WANT TO LIVE OR TRAVEL TO FLORIDA , GO FOR IT .

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  15. John Hammell 12 January, 2017, 13:51

    There is no such thing as “mental” illness because you can’t separate the brain from all the other organ systems in the body, they all communicate with each other and are interconnected. For example, more serotonin (the “feel good” neurotransmitter) is actually manufactured in the small intestine than in the brain. 37 years ago I spent 4 years locked up in state and private mental hospitals as a voluntary patient. They almost killed me with their toxic drugs and shock treatments due to a complete ignorance of orthomolecular medicine, the suppressed alternative treatment mode that saved my life when I smuggled specific micronutrients that had been prescribed on a basis of nutritional lab work.into the last hospital I was in where I was forced to hide them in a cavity gouged out from the underside of my foam mattress where I hid them and took them secretly for three weeks while mouthing their toxic “meds” which I hid under my tongue and spat down the toilet where they belonged. After only three weeks I was given a full medical discharge leaving the shrinks scratching their heads wondering which of their drugs were “helping” me, when it was NONE of them. I find myself wondering if this Broward County Sheriff would attempt to strip ME of MY Second Amendment Rights just because I was once a voluntary patient in mental hospitals that I exited 37 years ago after finally making my nutritional recovery? He is grossly violating his oath by the questionable action he is taking. I should be allowed to concealed carry anywhere I want, and so should any non felon walking in an airport. Having honest armed gun owners in an airport makes it a much safer place because the police can’t always respond fast enough in a crisis, but a well trained armed citizen could have taken this shooter down, saving many lives. Sheriff Scott Israel should be stripped of his badge. He is urinating on his oath, and his attitude puts lives at risk. All he is is yet another Demonkrap gun grabber doing the benefit of his Pedophile Rulers as they seek to turn this into a Prison Planet under every possible false pretense.

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  16. Badger 12 January, 2017, 14:06

    “An inescapable truth is, when you create “prohibited persons” lists, a lot of people who shouldn’t be on them end up there anyway.”

    That is precisely why it is proposed in the first place.
    If it is alleged:
    Political enemy – On the list
    Racist – On the list
    White – On the list
    Anti-immigration – On the list
    Poor driver – On the list
    From Montana – On the list
    and so on.
    I had a lively debate with a Parks Ranger friend. She declared it imperative all CCW applicants submit to a psych evaluation. My retort; administered by whom and where in the 2nd Amendment is that requirement? She has since come around.

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    • whaddacrock 12 January, 2017, 15:34

      Sheriff Israel…Understand your desire to prevent further bloodshed, but I gotta ask: These people you’re wanting to bar from purchasing/owning firearms – please describe in detail your suggested measures to respect the 4th and 14th Amendment rights to Due Process. I await your answer….

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  17. Ron 12 January, 2017, 15:04

    I agree with him! But the problem that happens, is who and how do they make that
    determination? That is the can of worms they open up!

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    • Stewart Rhodes 12 January, 2017, 15:44

      There you go. The standard needs to be adjudication by a real court, not some anti-gun shrink, and even then …. It is a tool of the disarmament happy left.

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      • Ivan Berry 14 January, 2017, 16:45

        So far, there haven’t been too many decisions by judges that I’m confortable with. It should be judged by a jury of my peers as to carrying in their presence and not some psyc eval. Common Law is best for civil action. Whatever happened to that?

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  18. whaddacrock 12 January, 2017, 15:31

    Sheriff Israel…Understand your desire to prevent further bloodshed, but I gotta ask: These people you’re wanting to bar from purchasing/owning firearms – please describe in detail your suggested measures to respect the 4th and 14th Amendment rights to Due Process. I await your answer….

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  19. Anti-Terroist 12 January, 2017, 15:45

    This person was a self- declared enemy of the UNITED STATES, Know to high Authorities and made a personal trip to advise his status to the FBI. He was ignored, has nothing to do with MENTAL HEALTH, The demolishing of the SECURITY of this Country by the Radical Islamic Regine appointed by and under the direction of none other than an Illegal Citizen elected to the office of SECURITY of a NATION. It has been well established the elected was fraudulent “WE THE PEOPLE” sat on our Principles and did nothing for eight years but complain. The responsibility is clearly stated in The Constitution Of The United States, REMOVE”.

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  20. Edwin Vieira 12 January, 2017, 16:04

    Did the Sheriff undergo a psychiatric examination before he was issued his badge and gun? If not, why not? In light of the power he exercises in that office, it would seem that a psychiatric examination would be more appropriate for him than for the average citizen who possesses (or wants to posses) a firearm..

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    • Bill 13 January, 2017, 08:48

      I don’t know about the Sheriff specifically, but I and all other LEO’s I’m aware of undergo psyc evaluation as part of the entry exam process.

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      • Ivan Berry 14 January, 2017, 16:30

        Sorry, but a psyc evaluation relies too much on pseudo science, and psycology itself is filled with enablers practioners. Shell shock (PTSD) from earlier conflicts just increases when the psyc community get involved. Remember the false memories created in the 90s in hystrionic adolescent girls? Enablers.

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  21. MIke 12 January, 2017, 19:57

    How sad. I did not know about the NY transit officers being cowards.

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  22. Robert 12 January, 2017, 20:43

    What an idiot, it is the same old thing, ban the good guy from having a gun and then only the bad guy has a gun. If an armed Oath Keeper or a concerned citizen with a concealed permit had been the person walking behind the shooter he could have ended the incident before it started ! What the hell is so complicated about that. I would have been happy to shoot him in the back and save several lives. Perhaps the Oath Keepers should be patrolling the airports instead of those afraid to take action ! I am sorry to e so blunt but there are a lot of STUPID people in authority without the necessary fortitude to do what needs to be done.

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  23. Gary 12 January, 2017, 20:47

    I’ve said it before I’ll say it again,… Our elected officials, who have taken the same oath as I did don’t see it as an oath, they see the raising of the right hand as a “formality” to not do what they see fit….and the heck with the Constitution .

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    • Gary 12 January, 2017, 22:29

      Okay. Let me try this again. What I meant to say was to a lot of politicians the raising of the right hand is only a formality, not an oath. They do as they please and could care less about the Constitution.

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  24. StormN1 13 January, 2017, 00:43

    I’ve read or heard somewhere that LEOs are trained a standard SOP to ‘wait for back up’ no matter what. Why make things worse with dead officers? – so the logic goes. I’m sure the logic is very attractive but I think the officer should be ‘ trained’ to use his/her own discretion or an adjustment need be made to some SOP.

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    • Goldsearcher 16 January, 2017, 18:12

      I started in LOE in 1955, A State Police Dept. When we arrived at the scene, take control. There probably will not be any back, soon anyway , So take control, the longer you wait the worse it gets, It’s your responsibility. Good luck.

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  25. Rich 13 January, 2017, 05:47

    I will be calling this Sheriff today to ask him if he can recite the oath that he took. And then cheerfully explain to him that he is sworn to uphold the Constitution….whether he likes it or not. Either that, or turn in your badge and look for another career. There are plenty of other patriots ready and willing to fill his incompetent shoes I am sure. I suggest ALL Oath Keepers do the same. Enough is enough.

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  26. Carl Moeckel 13 January, 2017, 07:00

    Gun Free Zones enable criminals to break the law by disarming law abiding citizens. If law abiding citizens can not defend themselves when the police are not present. No one can!!!!!!!!

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  27. Jarhead 17 January, 2017, 14:53

    He should have been committed to a mental hospital long ago…….and the Affirmative Action FED/GOV employees that did nothing should be fired or arrested & charged..

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