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We live in Polk County, Florida. No one messes with Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. He’s been following the rioting that’s occurring across the country, and he’s taken a stand in Polk County:

Judd said there were rumblings on social media that rioters planned to bring violence into the neighborhoods of Polk County.

‘I would tell them, if you value your life, they probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County. Because the people of Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns, and they’re going to be in their homes tonight with their guns loaded, and if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns. So, leave the community alone,’ Judd said.

The sheriff encouraged anyone wishing to express their first amendment right to free speech to keep the focus on George Floyd, who Judd said was the victim who should be honored.

Sheriff Judd is a man I greatly respect. He is not only public about the values he holds, his support of the rule of law and private gun ownership, but he has also been on the cutting edge of innovative programs, such as the program that the state developed for campus safety. He is known for collaborating with leaders in the community, school leadership and government. In this brief interview, he doesn’t mince words about arming school teachers:

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After weeks of being mostly shut in, we were excited to go to the gun range to practice, and we had a ball. We couldn’t help laughing at ourselves, because whenever we take a break from an activity (like when we used to played golf), we have a much better performance experience when we go back; it’s as if we forget all our bad habits. My husband says he’d hoped that my shooting accuracy would go down after our time off, since I sometimes shoot more accurately than he does; unfortunately for him, Annie Oakley showed up! (He was kidding.)

For those of you who don’t own guns, for whatever reasons, reconsider buying a gun and getting the proper training. I know that during the lockdown, with the lack of legitimate information about the danger of the COVID-19 virus, we knew that there was little we could do to protect ourselves except stay home. But today reminded me that with the riots happening everywhere, I can be armed and dangerous. And we may not be able to fight the virus, but we sure as heck can protect ourselves from rioters.

And we will.

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  1. Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) Coolidge
    Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Maybe Trump could use a new running mate?

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    • June 2, 2020, at 10:48 AM PDT
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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) (View Comment):

    Maybe Trump could use a new running mate?

    Now that makes me nervous. Having two men who won’t mince words could really be a nightmare! 😊

    • #2
    • June 2, 2020, at 10:54 AM PDT
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  3. Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) (View Comment):

    Maybe Trump could use a new running mate?

    Now that makes me nervous. Having two men who won’t mince words could really be a nightmare! 😊

    Does Sheriff Judd have a Twitter account?

    • #3
    • June 2, 2020, at 10:59 AM PDT
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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) (View Comment):

    Maybe Trump could use a new running mate?

    Now that makes me nervous. Having two men who won’t mince words could really be a nightmare! 😊

    Does Sheriff Judd have a Twitter account?

    Good grief–I hope not! Even if he does, I don’t think he’d try to compete with Trump. Too messy.

    • #4
    • June 2, 2020, at 11:02 AM PDT
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  5. Tex929rr Coolidge

    This meme has been popular in my social media feed.

    • #5
    • June 2, 2020, at 11:38 AM PDT
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  6. Full Size Tabby Member

    I am going to the range tomorrow with some friends. We in Texas have been permitted to go all along, but it’s been hard to organize a group for the last few months, so this will be my first group outing in about three months. Plus one of my friends has some revolvers that are particularly fun and that he lets me borrow.

    • #6
    • June 2, 2020, at 11:48 AM PDT
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  7. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    I am going to the range tomorrow with some friends. We in Texas have been permitted to go all along, but it’s been hard to organize a group for the last few months, so this will be my first group outing in about three months. Plus one of my friends has some revolvers that are particularly fun and that he lets me borrow.

    The gun store and range are both on the same property. We saw lots of cars out front, and it’s a small range (maybe 10 slots). But we discovered that most people were buying guns and ammo. There was only one little group of 4 sharing a slot, and then us. Worked out great!

    • #7
    • June 2, 2020, at 11:53 AM PDT
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  8. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    The presence of firearms, in the hands of those competent and prepared to use them, is a wonderful way to encourage peace.

    • #8
    • June 2, 2020, at 12:45 PM PDT
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  9. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    The presence of firearms, in the hands of those competent and prepared to use them, is a wonderful way to encourage peace.

    I agree. Although now I wonder, did you mean that seriously, facetiously or both, @douglaspratt?

    • #9
    • June 2, 2020, at 12:59 PM PDT
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  10. Hoyacon Member

    Meanwhile, back up North, we deal with this in one party counties:

    • #10
    • June 2, 2020, at 1:20 PM PDT
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  11. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Meanwhile, back up North, we deal with this in one party counties:

    No! No! No! These people vote too . . . <groan>

    • #11
    • June 2, 2020, at 1:23 PM PDT
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  12. Hoyacon Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Meanwhile, back up North, we deal with this in one party counties:

    No! No! No! These people vote too . . . <groan>

    Not only do they vote, they decide who gets to run the county.

    And the sad things is, that tweet will make very little difference.

    • #12
    • June 2, 2020, at 1:25 PM PDT
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  13. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    And the sad things is, that tweet will make very little difference.

    I guess that should make me feel better. But it doesn’t. There are far too many people who believe the same thing.

    • #13
    • June 2, 2020, at 1:28 PM PDT
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  14. Hoyacon Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    And the sad things is, that tweet will make very little difference.

    I guess that should make me feel better. But it doesn’t. There are far too many people who believe the same thing.

    I meant in terms of hurting the Dems. (:

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    • June 2, 2020, at 1:30 PM PDT
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  15. Stad Thatcher

    Susan Quinn:

    Judd said there were rumblings on social media that rioters planned to bring violence into the neighborhoods of Polk County.

    ‘I would tell them, if you value your life, they probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County. Because the people of Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns, and they’re going to be in their homes tonight with their guns loaded, and if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns. So, leave the community alone,’ Judd said.

    I think we found a new head for Homeland Security . . .

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    • June 2, 2020, at 2:07 PM PDT
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  16. Rodin Member

    @susanquinn, you live in my idea of America.

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    • June 2, 2020, at 3:08 PM PDT
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  17. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    Stad (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn:

    Judd said there were rumblings on social media that rioters planned to bring violence into the neighborhoods of Polk County.

    ‘I would tell them, if you value your life, they probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County. Because the people of Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns, and they’re going to be in their homes tonight with their guns loaded, and if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns. So, leave the community alone,’ Judd said.

    I think we found a new head for Homeland Security . . .

    No, you can’t have him!

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    • June 2, 2020, at 3:10 PM PDT
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  18. Doug Watt Moderator

    You have a right to your own life. Whether you sold your labor, or employed others, personal possessions, and a store’s inventory are part of that right to your own life. Whether it is your home, vehicle, or anything inside your home it is more than just stuff.

    The question is a home, or possessions worth someone’s life should not be directed at the home, or business owner. It should be directed at the criminal – Is there anything in this home, or business that is worth your life?

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    • June 2, 2020, at 3:13 PM PDT
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  19. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    The presence of firearms, in the hands of those competent and prepared to use them, is a wonderful way to encourage peace.

    I agree. Although now I wonder, did you mean that seriously, facetiously or both, @douglaspratt?

    Oh, I’m quite serious. I agree with Heinlein that an armed society is a polite society, and if we are polite to each other we can make a good start at getting along.

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    • June 3, 2020, at 3:13 AM PDT
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  20. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Meanwhile, back up North, we deal with this in one party counties:

    Yeah, sure. If we had a Democrat president, you’d be singing a different tune.

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    • June 3, 2020, at 3:14 AM PDT
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  21. Stad Thatcher

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Meanwhile, back up North, we deal with this in one party counties:

    Yeah, sure. If we had a Democrat president, you’d be singing a different tune.

    These idiots quickly withdrew this. However, they used the “low-level person no longer with us” excuse, which means these are the views of the Fairfax Democrats, they just didn’t want anyone to know . . .

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    • June 3, 2020, at 5:50 AM PDT
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  22. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    I think we’ll be needing a new director of the FBI rather shortly.

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    • June 3, 2020, at 6:49 AM PDT
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  23. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    I think we’ll be needing a new director of the FBI rather shortly.

    I can’t figure out why Barr is a fan of Wray, who seems clueless about what’s been going on.

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    • June 3, 2020, at 7:12 AM PDT
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  24. Housebroken Thatcher

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    The presence of firearms, in the hands of those competent and prepared to use them, is a wonderful way to encourage peace.

    I agree. Although now I wonder, did you mean that seriously, facetiously or both, @douglaspratt?

    Oh, I’m quite serious. I agree with Heinlein that an armed society is a polite society, and if we are polite to each other we can make a good start at getting along.

    Don’t know how many times I’ve quoted Heinlein on that, but still in the back of my head are thoughts of Billy the Kid, John Dillinger, others. Probably watched too many shoot-’em-ups.

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    • June 3, 2020, at 8:52 AM PDT
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  25. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Housebroken (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    The presence of firearms, in the hands of those competent and prepared to use them, is a wonderful way to encourage peace.

    I agree. Although now I wonder, did you mean that seriously, facetiously or both, @douglaspratt?

    Oh, I’m quite serious. I agree with Heinlein that an armed society is a polite society, and if we are polite to each other we can make a good start at getting along.

    Don’t know how many times I’ve quoted Heinlein on that, but still in the back of my head are thoughts of Billy the Kid, John Dillinger, others. Probably watched too many shoot-’em-ups.

    Not armed societies. Dillinger’s Chicago was a place where the only ones who could shoot back were the police. Even the Old West had fewer active shooters than most people think. I just got through narrating a book on train robberies in Texas in the early 1800s, and the passengers were all disarmed, even after word got around that they were easy targets.

    The closest we come to a well-armed society is communities where concealed carry is commonplace. When ordinary citizens are allowed to carry concealed, it radically changes what Massad Ayoob calls “the victim selection process.” Concealed carry laws are the only gun-related laws that can be shown to significantly reduce crime.

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    • June 3, 2020, at 11:25 AM PDT
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  26. Housebroken Thatcher

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Housebroken (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    The presence of firearms, in the hands of those competent and prepared to use them, is a wonderful way to encourage peace.

    I agree. Although now I wonder, did you mean that seriously, facetiously or both, @douglaspratt?

    Oh, I’m quite serious. I agree with Heinlein that an armed society is a polite society, and if we are polite to each other we can make a good start at getting along.

    Don’t know how many times I’ve quoted Heinlein on that, but still in the back of my head are thoughts of Billy the Kid, John Dillinger, others. Probably watched too many shoot-’em-ups.

    Not armed societies. Dillinger’s Chicago was a place where the only ones who could shoot back were the police. Even the Old West had fewer active shooters than most people think. I just got through narrating a book on train robberies in Texas in the early 1800s, and the passengers were all disarmed, even after word got around that they were easy targets.

    The closest we come to a well-armed society is communities where concealed carry is commonplace. When ordinary citizens are allowed to carry concealed, it radically changes what Massad Ayoob calls “the victim selection process.” Concealed carry laws are the only gun-related laws that can be shown to significantly reduce crime.

    Thanks for an informed, educating response.

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    • June 3, 2020, at 12:05 PM PDT
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  27. Pat E Inactive

    I winter in Polk County. I appreciate Sheriff Judd every day I’m there. His attitude about law enforcement and gun ownership makes Polk County a very safe place. 

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    • June 3, 2020, at 12:10 PM PDT
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  28. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    Pat E (View Comment):

    I winter in Polk County. I appreciate Sheriff Judd every day I’m there. His attitude about law enforcement and gun ownership makes Polk County a very safe place.

    We should meet up sometime, @pate. @eb is moving to my development soon, and we have a few other Ricochettis around!

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    • June 3, 2020, at 12:26 PM PDT
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  29. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Housebroken (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Housebroken (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    The presence of firearms, in the hands of those competent and prepared to use them, is a wonderful way to encourage peace.

    I agree. Although now I wonder, did you mean that seriously, facetiously or both, @douglaspratt?

    Oh, I’m quite serious. I agree with Heinlein that an armed society is a polite society, and if we are polite to each other we can make a good start at getting along.

    Don’t know how many times I’ve quoted Heinlein on that, but still in the back of my head are thoughts of Billy the Kid, John Dillinger, others. Probably watched too many shoot-’em-ups.

    Not armed societies. Dillinger’s Chicago was a place where the only ones who could shoot back were the police. Even the Old West had fewer active shooters than most people think. I just got through narrating a book on train robberies in Texas in the early 1800s, and the passengers were all disarmed, even after word got around that they were easy targets.

    The closest we come to a well-armed society is communities where concealed carry is commonplace. When ordinary citizens are allowed to carry concealed, it radically changes what Massad Ayoob calls “the victim selection process.” Concealed carry laws are the only gun-related laws that can be shown to significantly reduce crime.

    Thanks for an informed, educating response.

    If you’re interested, I’d be glad to slip you a review copy of “The Cornett-Whitley Gang: Violence Unleashed in Texas.” If I miss a chance to plug a book they’ll throw me out of the union.

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    • June 3, 2020, at 1:41 PM PDT
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  30. EHerring Coolidge

    Clint Eastwood just turned 90. Toxic masculinity in a good man is a good thing. Shades of Clint.

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    • June 4, 2020, at 6:54 AM PDT
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