Polk County’s Sheriff Grady Judd isn’t the only Florida Sheriff lighting up social media with his no-nonsense press conferences. Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods’s press conference also went viral for all the right reasons.
The full length-length press conference… for those wanting the full context. (It’s worth hearing, and he gives credit where it’s due.)
The press conference centered around arrests made in connection with three Florida murders.
Christopher Atkins, 12, and Robert Robinson, 17, have both been arrested and charged with the heinous fatal shootings of three other teenagers in Marion County, Florida last week. One victim, identified as 16-year-old Layla Silvernail, was found hurt and lying on the side of the road on March 30. She died later at a local hospital. Another victim, this one a 17-year-old boy, was found the next day shot to death on the side of the road near the scene of the first crime. Finally, 16-year-old Camille Quarles was found on April 1 shot to death and stuffed in the trunk of a car partially sunk in a pond.
Police say they’re still looking for a third suspect, 16-year-old Tahj Brewton, in connection with the crimes.
Speaking during a press conference Friday following the arrests, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods completely destroyed accusations that stricter gun control laws would have prevented this crime and others like it. –Media Research Council
The full press conference ran nearly 20 minutes. That is the version we have at the top of this page. But there are a couple of parts people will want to pay particular attention to.
In this segment of the video, he is asked about the parent’s response to having their children arrested on murder charges. He gives a very human and sympathetic answer, acknowledging the whirlwind of emotions they must certainly be feeling. He is asked about whether they will be charged as adults or not, he doesn’t have an answer on that yet.
Then somebody made the mistake of asking what accountability looks like for these juveniles charged in connection with the deaths of three other people.
He has thoughts on that, alright. Watch his reaction around the 1 minute mark before he composes himself to give a suitably measured answer. ‘I will refrain an awful lot on the answer to this question — to the full extent of the law’. But it’s what he says next that everybody should sit up and hear. The part about him talking about being a father himself.
I might be hard on people, but I also have a heart.
They took a life. There were questions about the dead kids being tangled up in the gang activity. He told the press not to ask dumbass questions. He’s expected to be circumspect in his answers. ‘But really, do I have to spell it out to you?’
Then, at the 3-minute mark he makes a connection so clear that even a Soros-backed DA could understand it. Gangs get together for the purpose of committing crimes. Period. And he says it in a delightfully memorable way.
Just a little before that, questions were asked about the weapon they used. That opened up a whole OTHER ‘teachable moment’ rant from the Sheriff about guns.
That came on TOP of the one he gave at the 4-minute mark of the full video where he specifically took the responsibility for the murders off the inanimate object (the gun) and put it where it belonged, on the person or people who, through an act of will, committed acts of violence.
After 3 teens murdered 3 other teens with a stolen gun, this is what Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods had to say to a reporter about gun control being a failure. Bravo!
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) April 7, 2023
When asked about how the suspects got ahold of the guns, the whisper came over his shoulder ‘car burglaries’. Someone in the audience said ‘hmmm’. That was an open door, and the Sheriff stepped right through it.
“All the gun laws we’ve got in place didn’t prevent it, did it? Neither will any new ones. Because here’s the fact: the bad guy’s gonna get a gun no matter what law you have put in place. These juveniles shouldn’t even possess a handgun. But they did. And I’ll go back to you and your question. A ‘simple burglary’ as some people will say, but I don’t consider anything simple when it comes to a burglary, if the law allows me, I’ll plaster their face up on this page, up on my page, up on media, I will hand it out if the law allows me because parents have the right to know who their kids are hanging out with … and preventing this.
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