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Columbia County sheriff speaks against gun control

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Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle spoke Thursday against any legislation that would threaten a citizen’s right to bear arms.

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Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle speaks about the Second Amendment during the CSRA Republican Women's Club meeting at Logan's Roadhouse.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle speaks about the Second Amendment during the CSRA Republican Women's Club meeting at Logan's Roadhouse.

“The Second Amendment is not about hunting and it’s not about self-defense,” Whittle said. “If anybody tells you that, they’re wrong.”

Whittle told the crowd of about 50 men and women at a meeting of the CSRA Republican Women’s Club that America’s founding fathers added the Second Amendment to protect the county from a “tyrannical government,” after the American Revolution.

“They said, ‘We’re never going to do this again. Every citizen in this country needs to be armed in order to overthrow a tyrannical government,’ and that is your Second Amendment.”

The government, he said, creates an environment where murderers thrive when they take away peoples’ “God-given” right to arm themselves.

“When we created gun-free zones in our schools a lot of people thought that was good,” he said. “You know what, you put up signs that said come kill our kids. That’s exactly what we did when we created gun-free zones. I would rather put up a sign that says 12 teachers are armed.”

Whittle said he’s in favor of training school administrators and faculty members to handle guns, adding that it wouldn’t emotionally harm small pupils in a classroom.

“A bullet right across here,” said Whittle, motioning to his head, “will scar a child.”

Whittle said that he and others in law enforcement have no business knowing whether someone owns a gun and told the group they should never register their guns.

“If you’re a criminal, I’m going to get you anyway,” he said. “You’re going to do some criminal act and I’m going to come get you, but it’s not any of my business where you own one, or how many or what kind they are. That’s your right as a citizen of this country.”

Whittle urged the audience to contact legislators and stand against gun reform. He said now, more than ever, he fears for the future if guns were taken out of residents’ hands.

“There was a quote a few years ago about Hitler about how they passed common-sense gun legislation and the streets would be safer and all that kind of stuff,” Whittle said, “and they took everybody’s guns away and we got the Third Reich. If you give them up, we’re done for. I never really thought in my lifetime we would see the concern of having to do that, but it surely bothers me now.”

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Darby
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Darby 02/22/13 - 02:24 pm
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If I have a terrified neighbor who is scared.....

witless over the prospect of guns, then I will magnanimously grant him the right not to have one in his house or on his person.

At the same time, I will respect his right to eschew gun violence by NOT USING any of my guns or my Second Amendment rights to protect him, his wife, his children or his home should the need arise.

gatech1
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gatech1 02/22/13 - 07:46 pm
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I thought about it a lot

I thought about it a lot. Teachers are not law enforcement, they are not trained to handle shooting guns surrounded by small children. I can't think of one teacher I would want to carry a gun. And do you really think that a student I who is capable of shooting up a school is not capable of over powering a teacher and disarming them? Do you really think the best thing to do is to arm the teachers?

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Willow Bailey 02/22/13 - 08:07 pm
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Teachers armed, should be

Armed teachers, should be like Air Marshals; you never know who they are and you sure don't want to do anything to find out.

gatech1
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gatech1 02/22/13 - 08:02 pm
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I'll say it again

I can't think of one of my teachers or my children's teachers that I want armed at school

Darby
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Darby 02/22/13 - 09:00 pm
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"Do you really think the best thing to do....

is to arm the teachers?"
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Absolutely. Next question...

Darby
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Darby 02/22/13 - 09:02 pm
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I'll say it again..

ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

myfather15
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myfather15 02/22/13 - 09:24 pm
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@gatech1

Teacher Victoria Soto used her body to shield her students from bullets from Adam Lanza; you don't think she would have been brave enough to protect them with a firearm?

You don't think she would have LOVED to have been armed to protect them, whereby maybe she would have survived with them?

People like you who put very little thought into the situation, need to think a little deeper. No one is talking about buying guns, handing them out to teachers and saying "There you go, protect the school". Just as we don't do that with law enforcement officer; I've been a deputy for 16 years, I should know. But I suppose you know more than Sheriff Whittle and myself, who have many years in public safety.

I promise you, in every school there is probably no less than 6 or 7 teachers who would be willing to go through extensive training and carry a firearm in the school. Then you buy an expensive lockbox they can safetly store the weapon in and give them and the principal the only keys. Again, these are the responsible teachers of our children, do you not trust them to secure a key?

So, the crazed shooter wouldn't be able to just "overpower" a SINGLE teacher, he would be forced to confront NUMEROUS armed teachers, TRAINED in the deadly use of firearms and target identification.

Lets look at it like this; a teacher is in class when she hears a LOUD distance Pop, Pop, Pop and then more. Its NOT something that is heard in the normal school day and she knows from EXPERIENCE it's gunfire. She then tells her class to gather in the corner, retreives her issued firearm and goes to confront the shooter. Now, you have an ACTIVE shooter within a school, so common sense would tell you anyone NEAR this shooter will be FLEEING AWAY from him. Therefore the chance of the teacher hitting innocent bystanders is slim to none.

Now remember, there are probably 6 or 7 teachers in this school that are armed so the shooter has no way of knowing who they are or where they will come from. I think I like the idea of HIM having to be concerned about getting shot, rather than him methodically walking around assisnating innocent children, without fear.

This is an ACTIVE SHOOTER, not a hostage taker. So there are BULLETS flying already; the only question would be, would you want some of them flying TOWARDS HIM, or only at innocent children? Doesn't seem like a tough question to me.

Last point, when you ARM these teachers and BROADCAST IT ON THE NEWS, you will PREVENT such shooters and prevention is the best result. Take for instance the Taser's departments are being issued. The BEST result from tasers is the prevention of physical altercation, not having to actually use the taser. When a department gets tasers and WORD GETS AROUND, physical resistance goes down in every department. Why? Because people might believe they can overpower a deputy, but they DO NOT want to face 50,000 volts of electricity running through their bodies.

I've had a taser for 5 years and in that five years I've actually deployed it TWICE. But I've displayed it to people who were acting aggressive MANY times and prevented the altercation. When they KNOW you have it, they are less likely to resist.

The same thing goes for schools; if they know NUMEROUS unknown TRAINED teachers are armed, you will prevent MANY shootings because these crazed shooters want easy UNARMED targets.

But don't let my common sense redneckism confuse your liberal logic. It just might make sense to you eventually.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/22/13 - 09:48 pm
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Amen!

myfather15

Darby
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Darby 02/23/13 - 04:58 pm
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We really need to avoid armed confrontation...

with the killers of our children. After all, they are human beings and worth saving. They are really no different from the rest of us and want they same things we do. They will respond to reason if given the chance.

WHOA!!
That was me, doing my level best to think like a liberal.
MAN, THAT HURTS MY BRAIN!!!! My cerebellum is not used to functioning completely devoid of logic.

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