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‘You’ve been warned’

Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels made it clear this week that he and his officers will not put up anyone who would bring their lawlessness to his Florida community.

In a video YouTube statement posted Tuesday, Daniels, who is black and a Republican, stood with about 20 deputies to declare to civil rights protesters who might consider getting violent that they are not only not welcome in Clay County, but also that he would not hesitate to dole out the pain and use legal gun owners to help keep the peace.

Standing by their oath

Daniels began by letting citizens know that he and his officers are aware of the debate going on nationwide about police reform and sought to reassure them that the men and women in his office will stand by their oath to protect and defend the Constitution and protect the public.

“Look folks, don’t fall victim to subjecting yourself to this conversation that law enforcement is bad, that law enforcement is the enemy of the citizens that we’re sworn to protect and serve,” Daniels said, noting that it’s an oath that ends with “so help me God.”

“God is absent from the media’s message or Black Lives Matter or any other group out there that’s making themselves a spectacle, disrupting what we know to be our quality of life in this country,” he continued. “In Clay County, we have a great quality of life, we have a great relationship with our community.”

Lawlessness won’t prevail

He went on to explain how he and his officers view the lawlessness that has spread in many other cities and counties across the U.S.

“Lawlessness — that’s unacceptable in this country. Lawlessness — that’s unacceptable in Clay County,” Daniels said. “If you threaten to come to Clay County and think that for one second we’ll bend our backs for you, you’re sadly mistaken.”

“I know what happens when lawlessness prevails,” he continued, adding, “God is raising up men and women, just like the folks you see standing behind me, who will have strong backbones and will stand in the gap between lawlessness and the good citizenry that we’re sworn to protect and serve.”

Gun owners as backup

With that said, he offered a very clear warning to those who would bring riots to Clay County.

“You can threaten all you want,” Daniels said, but promised there would be a response: “You’ll have something waiting on you that you don’t want.”

“Yes, we’ll protect your constitutional rights as long as you remain under the umbrella of peaceful protest or peaceful march, but the second that you out from up under the protection of the Constitution, we’ll be waiting on you,” he warned. “And we’ll give you everything you want — all the publicity, all the pain, all the glamor and glory for all that five minutes will give you.”

Daniels said his speech was not a threat, but rather what people with courage who are tired of the violence need to do: “Somebody has to step up in front of the camera and say, ‘Enough is enough.’ Tearing up Clay County — that’s not going to be acceptable.”

And yes, he did say that he would bring in legal gun owners as back up.

“If we can’t handle you, you know what I’ll do? I will exercise the power and authority as the sheriff, and I will make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county,” he said. “And I’ll deputize them for this one purpose: to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility. That’s what we’re sworn to do, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

“You’ve been warned,” he concluded.

(H/T: New York Daily News)

Author: Chris Field

Source: The Blaze: Black Florida sheriff has a message for would-be rioters: I will deputize gun owners if you think you can bring your lawlessness here

Other ‘Lives Matter’ goods will still be available

Walmart announced Monday that it will no longer allow the sale of “All Lives Matter” merchandise on its website following recent backlash over clothing posted to the site that used variations of the “Black Lives Matter” slogan.

What is happening?

The Hill said last week that the retail chain began receiving fire for selling shirts emblazoned with derivatives of Black Lives Matter, including “All Lives Matter,” “Blue Lives Matter,” “Irish Lives Matter,” and “Homeless Lives Matter.” Social media users attacked Walmart for “mocking” the BLM movement, CNN reported.

Walmart responded that it would review all of the “Lives Matter” goods listed on its website, including items sold by third-party vendors.

USA Today reported Monday night that Walmart decided to put the kibosh on the sale of “All Lives Matter” merchandise “indefinitely.”

“We fundamentally believe all lives do matter and every individual deserves respect,” the company said in a statement, according to USA Today. “However, as we listened, we came to understand that the way some, but not all, people are using the phrase ‘All Lives Matter’ in the current environment intentionally minimized the focus on the painful reality of racial inequity.”

The retail giant did say, however, that it would still allow the sale of some “Lives Matter” variants, but those items would be scrutinized to make sure they meet the business’ standards, the New York Post noted.

The is the second time in as many weeks that Walmart has taken action in the wake of recent racial justice protests. Last week, the company announced that it would remove the Mississippi state flag from all of its stores because the flag bears a Confederate emblem.

Walmart spokesperson Anne Hatfield said when the ban was announced: “We believe it’s the right thing to do, and is consistent with Walmart’s position to not sell merchandise with the confederate flag from stores and online sites, as part of our commitment to provide a welcoming and inclusive experience for all of our customers in the communities we serve.”

Author: Chris Field

Source: The Blaze: Walmart declares it will stop selling ‘All Lives Matter’ merchandise

Bipartisan skepticism

Have you felt like the national media has overhyped the risks of the coronavirus? If so, a majority of Americans apparently agree with you.

Stay calm?

During the time of national and global emergencies, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the information coming in. The coronavirus pandemic is no exception.

Americans are being updated — not daily, not hourly — by the minute with stats on infections and deaths.

We’re being told to stay home, keep our distance, stock up on necessities (but not too much), and prepare for the worst.

Schools are closed.

Businesses are suffering.

Sports are canceled.

The markets are … not doing great. And experts are warning of a recession — maybe even a depression.

The White House warned that unemployment could hit 20%.

All the while, Americans are being told to stay calm.

What’s the data?

With all of the craziness being reported by the media, most of our fellow citizens believe that the media have overblown the actual risks of COVID-19, according to a survey from Pew Research.

Pew reported Wednesday that though 89% of Americans say they’re following the coronavirus news closely, 62% of them believe the media have exaggerated the risks, with more than a third (37%) saying the risks have been “greatly exaggerated.”

Nearly half (48%) of those polled said they have seen at least some made-up news about COVID-19.

Republicans are significantly more likely to hold this view, but it’s not just GOPers — a group long distrustful of the national media — who feel the media have exaggerated the risks. Nearly half of Democrats feel the same.
According to Pew’s numbers, 77% of Republicans and 49% of Democrats say the news media have exaggerated COVID-19 risks.

Author: Chris Field

Source: The Blaze: Most Americans think the media have exaggerated the risks of coronavirus, poll says

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