DEPUTIZED: Sheriff Turning To Lawful Gun Owners If They Need Help During Protests

Written by Wes Walker on July 2, 2020

One Florida Sheriff isn’t waiting for all Hell to break loose before he does something about it. He believes in being proactive.

With major cities around the country on fire, or enduring ‘occupation’, and with even wealthy private neighborhoods overwhelmed by lawbreaking mobs, Sheriff Darry Daniels isn’t taking any chances.

A Florida sheriff says he will ‘deputize’ every lawful gun owner in his county to put down any violent protests his deputies can’t handle alone – despite no demonstrations being planned in his county.

Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels released a three-minute video Wednesday warning protesters away from his suburban Jacksonville county.

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…Daniels also said he would protect any peaceful protests, but added that if anyone starts ‘tearing up Clay County, that is not going to be acceptable.’

‘If we can’t handle you, I’ll exercise the power and authority as the sheriff and I’ll make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in the county and I’ll deputize them to this one purpose: to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility,’ said Daniels, sporting a white cowboy hat as he stood in front of 18 deputies. —DailyMail

And just in case you have doubts about whether that would work, we’ve seen an example of just that sort of response happening at a Pro-Trump counterprotest standing opposite a protest in Utah.

Each and every one of them was armed. You can be damned sure that everyone was on his best behavior.

Clay County has a population of about of more than 215,000 people and is a suburb of Jacksonville, which has experienced violence during some demonstrations, which prompted a city-wide curfew earlier this month.

…’We don’t want this to get out of hand,’ Smith said News4Jax. ‘We want people to know you have every right to protest, and we will protect that, but Clay County will not tolerate outside instigators.’

Daniels, who is also Black, said in the video that his department has a ‘great relationship’ with its residents, but ‘if you come to Clay County and think for one second we’ll bend our backs for you, you’re sadly mistaken.’

‘The second you step out from up under the protection of the Constitution, we’ll be waiting on you and give you everything you want: all the publicity, all the pain, all the glamour and glory for all that five minutes will give you.’ —DailyMail

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