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Is It Time for Citizens to Arm Themselves?

A South Carolina sheriff advises citizens to obtain a concealed weapons permit after a woman is attacked and sexually assaulted.

A clearly frustrated South Carolina sheriff had some harsh words for the criminal justice system after a man with a long history of arrests attacked and sexually assaulted a woman in a Spartanburg park.

“I can tell you that our form of justice is not making it,” said Sheriff Chuck Wright in a videotaped press conference posted on YouTube.

Wright said the suspect in the attack, Walter Monroe Lance, 46, has been arrested multiple times and convicted of 20 charges dating back to 1983. The charges range from disorderly conduct to assault and battery with intent to kill. Most recently, the suspect served 14 months for a federal probation violation.

“I’ve had liberals call me and tell me ‘a chain gang is not going to work.’ Well, let me inform you that your form of justice isn’t working either,” Wright said.

A clearly exasperated Wright said he does not believe every criminal should be permanently jailed, but added, while holding up a photo of the suspect, “I believe that this animal right here don’t deserve to be out in our society walking alongside of our women.”

Wright said it was “almost too bad” that someone with a concealed weapons permit had not walked by during the attack and heard the victim’s cries.

“That would have fixed this,” he said.

Sheriff Wright encouraged females to walk in groups and get a concealed weapons permit.

“I don’t want you to go for the mace, I want you to go for the concealed weapons permit,” he said.

Though Wright said he did not want to see citizens placed in a position of having to use a firearm, he said there was only one form of gun control as far as he was concerned.

“Gun control, to me, is when you can get your barrel back on the target quick,” he said.

What are your thoughts on gun control? Do you believe citizens should arm themselves? .

Kristi Reed November 09, 2011 at 02:55 AM
Given that I used to be a Gwinnett County Police officer, I think I have a better than average understanding of what training the average LEO goes through.
TheLaw November 09, 2011 at 02:58 AM
Also, your comment that there is some sort of magical affect on a bad guy when a shotgun is "racked" just goes to show how little you are informed on the topic. You continue to display lack of knowledge when you discuss how a rifle is a bad choice due to over penetration in a home. With today's modern ammo, a proper self defense rifle (like an AR15 or an AK47) is a superior choice for many reasons. When trained properly, a modern rifle is an excellent choice in close quarters or at longer distance. Rifles like an AR or an AK are good examples, just like the one the guy was carrying at the park. Pistol rounds penetrate dry wall in a home as easily as a rifle round. That 1/2" sheet of dry wall isn't going to protect your little Timmy when you are firing in his direction during a home invasion. This is where training and having a plan, that is practiced, comes into play. I carry a pistol on my side daily. I do so because carrying a rifle slung over my shoulder isn't practical. And to Mr. R - I'm not sure where you continue to get concealed, as the AK47 that was carried at the park was not carried concealed, and nor is it the requirement in the state of GA to carry concealed. If you believe your pistol is a better choice of weapon than a long gun, then you too should seek out some actual training in real world scenarios. Furthermore, an AR would be my choice, not a shotgun given some magical advanced warning of a self defense scenario.
Kristi Reed November 09, 2011 at 03:20 AM
I think we can both concede that proper training is critical for carrying a weapon. As for the choice of a rifle over a pistol - you have your preference, I have mine. I've had training in real world scenarios and am very comfortable with my choice.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew November 09, 2011 at 03:23 AM
I just read the top of the tread since the law enforcement officer was discussing CONCEALED carry. Novel approach staying on topic, I know. I hunt with with long range rifle and conceal carry for SURPRISE if required. Gun control also means you have to KEEP your weapon at all times - in a crowd carrying an AK47 in the open at an event like "Occupy whatever" is just asking for someone to SURPRISE and disarm you in close quarters ...
TheLaw November 09, 2011 at 02:26 PM
R - In SC it is a requirement to conceal. It is not in GA. Being that I have been discussing self defense and the use of firearms, I believe I've been right on topic. Maybe you should read all the comments before posting. Novel Idea I know. Ms. Reed, I will agree that anyone that chooses to arm themselves should take and continue to take training in the proper use of their firearm(s) from qualified individuals. With that said, for those that may be interested in taking proper training, I'd like to point out that beyond the very basic of firearm safety, the NRA type courses are not the types of courses you are going to need to pursue.

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