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A Florida sheriff says he will deputize legal gun owners to “to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility” if violent rioters come to his county.

Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels released a video statement on Tuesday warning that the scenes of violent riots, burning shops and police cars, and toppled statues would not be replicated in Clay County. Daniels said that he and his deputies would defend activists’ right to protest but warned demonstrators against stepping “out from under the protection of the Constitution” to harm the community.

“We’ll be waiting on you and we’ll give you everything you want. All the publicity, all the pain, all the glamour, and glory, for all that five minutes will give you,” Daniels said while standing in front of a line of his deputies. “Is it a threat? Absolutely not, but somebody has to step up in front of the camera and say enough is enough. Tearing up Clay County? That’s not going to be acceptable.”

“If we can’t handle you, you know what I’ll do? I will exercise the power and authority as a sheriff and I will make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county, and I’ll deputize them for this one purpose: to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility. That’s what we’re sworn to do, and that’s what we’re going to do. You’ve been warned,” Daniels concluded.

The sheriff also criticized the media and Black Lives Matter for “making themselves a spectacle” and pushing a divisive and disruptive message that lacks “God.”

George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody on May 25 sparked protests against police brutality and perceived systemic racism among police departments across the country, many of which ultimately became riots.

The protests reignited a debate over the place of Confederate monuments and symbols on public property. Rioters have taken advantage of anger against Confederate symbols to justify vandalism and destruction against a wide array of public monuments including those to Founding Fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Catholic St. Junipero Serra, and Union general and former President Ulysses S. Grant.

In cities such as Seattle, Washington, D.C., and New York City, activists have set up protest zones meant to bar law enforcement from certain areas. In Seattle, city officials left the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone in place for weeks until the area suffered a string of fatal shootings.

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7 Comments
  • Lou says:

    I wish every sheriff in every County in this country would say the same thing. That would stop this violence in its tracks.

  • Nathan M. says:

    Florida is known for being crazy, but this is the kind of ‘craziness’ I can get behind.

  • GEORGE EADY says:

    I AM IN FLORIDA . AND YES WE HAVE SOME DAM GOOD NUTS OUT THERE . AND THEY WILL DEFEND AT WHAT EVER THE COST. IF ALL STATES HAD THE STAND YOUR GROUND LAWS LIKE WE DO / THIS CRAP WOULD HAVE NEVER GOT STARTED . THE ACTIONS I HAVE SEEN IN THE NEWS . WOULD HAVE GOTTEN MANY KILLED . AND ONE THING TO REMEMBER . THIS IS GOING ON (ONLY IN STATES) RUN BY DEMOCRTES . AND THIS IS AFTER THEY REMOVED SO MANY RIGHTS OF THE PUBLIC. WHEN GO TO VOTE . THINK OF THAT . AND ALSO WITH (OUT )THEM RIGHTS (TO DEFEND YOUR SELF ) YOU COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED AND YOUR LOVED ONE AS WELL . THIS IS SOMETHING TRUMP WOULD NEVER DO . TRUMP 20/20

  • FiuToYou says:

    Find the “real leaders behind the scenes” and put them away for a long time!!! First-person to throw a firebomb, produce a weapon, or break a store window, shoot ’em and see the rest scurry like ants!! This shit needs to stop NOW!!! I see this as the same exact action as breaking into “someone’s home”, except this is “a whole lot of someone’s” town!!!

  • maddwarf says:

    i like this sheriffs message and the way he able to use his right to do wats right

  • Stephen Russell says:

    Apply model nationwide OK IF warranted

  • Mike says:

    Excellent. THAT is one of the reasons for the 2nd Amendment . . . that is what is referred to by the term “militia.” If a single “protestor” starts trouble, open up on all of them and teach them a lesson. That’s what they would do if they controlled all of law enforcement . . . that’s why they want to destroy police presence.

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