'Citizens Have a Right to Protect Themselves': GA Sheriff Explains Viral Concealed-Carry Sign
A Georgia sheriff is going viral for a warning to county visitors that residents are armed.
Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley recently posted a sign outside the sheriff's office that reads: “Our citizens have concealed weapons. If you kill someone, we might kill you back. We have ONE jail and 356 cemeteries. Enjoy your stay!”
On "Fox & Friends," Jolley said the purpose of the sign is to let people know that many citizens in Harris County exercise their right to bear arms.
"The fact that we have one jail and so many cemeteries is just a tongue-in-cheek way of saying law enforcement can't be everywhere all the time, so citizens have a right to protect themselves," Jolley said.
He noted that the number of concealed-carry permits in the county has tripled in the past several years.
He said it's "crazy" that so many people don't understand the basic premise that an armed citizenry is the best way to deter criminals.
Jolley previously went viral in 2015 for a sign that defended the American flag and Christmas.
The text read: “WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you…LEAVE!”
“I can’t see what the problem is with saying ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘in God we trust’ or ‘we salute our flag and support our troops,’" Jolley said. "When I was young we all did it. We should go back to it."
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