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South Carolina Sheriff Urges Ladies to Get Their Guns

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How would you feel if your sheriff urged your friends and neighbors to walk around with one of these?

How does that old saying go? Almost doesn’t count except in horseshoes and hand grenades?

A sheriff in South Carolina is adding a new item to the list: guns.

There was an attempted rape in Spartanburg over the weekend, and the sheriff there is telling women to protect themselves by packing heat, according to the New York Daily News.

And the best defense is a good offense, he said. Well, what he actually said was that women should carry .45-caliber guns. Because “you don’t have to be accurate, you just have to be close.”

Presumably he means you don’t have to be accurate in your shot. But what if you’re not accurate in who you think the attacker is, but you are accurate in your shot? Then what? Are there no better ways for women to protect themselves? (He said a gun is better than mace.)

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

Am I alone in thinking YIKES? I mean, an attempted rapist on the loose is bad. But lots of inexperienced people carrying weapons around and effectively being given permission by a law enforcement official to shoot?

If there was ever a case of ready, fire, aim, I reckon this is it.

How would you prefer law enforcement officials in your city or town handle similar cases? By doing their job, or urging you to get a gun?

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