Sometimes taking preventive measures is necessary -- remember that old bromide: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?
Well, America's favorite Sheriff, Arizona's own Joe Arpaio is amending that: ten lbs of AR-15 is worth a ton of stupid.
So Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona announced he's going to start requiring his deputies to carry AR-15 semi-automatic rifles at all times and expects them to use them to fight crime even when they're off duty. What could go wrong with that?
Sheriff Joe knows his Maricopa County Sheriff's Department better than anybody else. And his judgement is beyond reproach. So to hell with other law enforcement agencies that have publicly expressed skepticism over this action. They're probably just jealous.
Sheriff Joe and his posse are constantly being impugned. The sheriff and his men are ridiculed, the brunt of jokes and totally misunderstood. These are lawmen's lawmen. They see justice and do something about it. And now, not only when on duty, but 24/7. These guys are not going to let sleeping Chihuahuas lie.
Keep in mind this crack force had made an indelible name for themselves. Their actions speak louder than words. Here's a few of their prouder moments reported by HuffPo:
A Latina born in the United States was taken into custody for four hours in a raid to determine her immigration status. Arpaio was quoted in response, "That's just normal police work. You sometimes take people in for probable cause for questioning and they're released." The suit notes that the reason for her detainment -- being Latina and present during a raid -- were insufficient.
Let's not be too quick to judge. The Sheriff is a busy man. And he can't be everywhere at one time. So he has to sometimes rely on others and weigh and determine the importance of tips he receives.
Arpaio received a letter reading, "If you have dark skin, then you have dark skin. Unfortunately, that is the look of the Mexican illegals who are here illegally. ... I'm begging you to come over ... and round them all up." The sheriff labeled this as "intelligence" and forwarded to his deputy chief of enforcement operations for someone to "handle this."
One man's bigotry is another man's intelligence. Keep that in mind. But despite that, the Sheriff and his men don't let threats of lawsuits stop them in pursuit of justice.
Two officers followed a Latina U.S. citizen a quarter of a mile to her home without flashing their lights. When she arrived home, they insisted that she stay in the car. The reason for the stop was a "non-functioning license plate light." After she tried to enter her home, officers took her to the ground, kneed her in the back and handcuffed her. She was brought to a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) substation and cited for "disorderly conduct," which was later dismissed, according to the lawsuit.
Now that you know what a great organization, a tight ship, Joe Arpaio runs, aren't you excited about his new policy of requiring his deputies to carry their loaded AR-15s with them anywhere they go, 24/7?
I can't see any flaws in this policy. You go, Sheriff Joe.
Pop-pop. Pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop, Sounds like it's already working.