The Sheriff of Spartanburg County in South Carolina gave a news conference yesterday wherein he offered reason number 7,283 why I am a Conservative. You see, while the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement is making those pesky women who've been sexually assaulted and raped 'hush up'(they aren't good for The Cause (tm)), Sheriff Chuck Wright is walking the talk of true empowerment by encouraging women to arm themselves to prevent being violently assaulted.
This news conference was a result of an attempted rape that occurred in the Spartanburg area over the weekend. On Sunday, a woman was walking her dog in a local park when she was grabbed and assaulted by a 46 year old career cretin (convicted of more than 20 crimes, dating back to 1983) named Walter Lance. Lance choked her, forcibly removed her clothing, threatened her life multiple times and attempted to rape her. Sheriff Wright has had enough, as he makes clear in the news conference. He says that "our form of justice is not making it. Carry a concealed weapon. That'll fix it." He makes that point throughout the conference and he further encouraged women to walk in groups and said "I want you to get a concealed weapons permit. Don't get Mace. Get a firearm."
In case you can't watch the entire video, key - and awesome - quotes follow below:
Wright said Lance has been in jail more often than he has, and he runs the jail, and he said he gets out easier. He punctuated by saying, "And I'm aggravated." He said he doesn't believe every person needs to be kept in jail, but he said, "I don't think this animal deserves to be out in our society, walking alongside our women."
Wright said,"Liberals call me and tell me the chain-gang form of justice isn't working. Well, let me inform you, your form of justice isn't working either."
The LA Times highlights this bit from his conference:
Wright suggested that the women of Spartanburg carry their weapons in fanny packs. "You can conceal a small pistol in them," he said. "They got one called The Judge that shoots a .45 or a .410 shell. You ain't got to be accurate. You just have to get close."
Gun control, he said, "is when you can get your barrel back on the target quick. That’s gun control."
Amen, Sheriff. I have but one quibble - fanny packs? Those aren't very fashionable. Can someone at least manufacture some cute ones, please?
The stark difference between Liberals/Lefties and Conservatives is most apparent when the good Sheriff expressed his frustration and sadness and said "I'm tired of looking at victims saying, 'There's life after this' … I'm tired of saying, 'We're sorry, we can't keep them in jail."
That's it right there. Sheriff Wright cares about women and doesn't want them victimized. He is striving to help them protect themselves and be truly empowered. The Left, on the other hand, wants them to shut up. Occupy Wall Street is doing one thing at least; it's exposing the true misogyny of the Left. Their way of dealing with sexual assaults on women at their 'protests'? Shut the women up, handle it 'internally' and 'counsel' the RAPIST for 'his issues'. Um. His 'issue' is that he's a rapist. How about, you know, counseling his arse right into jail? They even discourage women who've been violently assaulted from contacting the police. Instead, they are to go talk to people like some broad named 'Koala'. Because THAT is what every woman needs after being assaulted - to talk to a Furry.
'Feminists' who only give lip service to being For the Women while they are in actuality anything but, are already pish-poshing the Sheriff's suggestions because guns are super scary and icky. Or something. I have a hard time translating without my Bitter, Perpetual Victim Harpy to Sane Woman dictionary. They will likely take umbrage at this statement made by the Sheriff: ""I don't think this animal deserves to be out in our society, walking alongside our women." Our women! What a chauvanist, they'll fret. Their grievance mongering minds have been so deluded that they don't even realize that it's the opposite of chauvinist. It's care and respect for women. It puts women in a higher position to be respected and cared for and protected. And, of course, there are already the oh-so-predictable cries of 'but - what about fair trials! Vigilantism!" and 'oh noes, presuming guilt before innocence' as an idjit on MSNBC blathered today:
The Sheriff's response? "Well, it's easy to fix that. Just don't attack a woman." But to the left, that's just pesky logic - reality is hard for them. They are more worried about the rapists and their alleged'rights' than they are the women being violently assaulted and raped. Let me explain a little something to you, Mr. Craig Melvin of MSNBC - when a woman is being raped, she knows she is being raped. There is no 'presuming guilt before innocence' because she is being raped; the assaulter is raping her. And self-defense is not vigilante justice. I'm not surprised you can't tell the difference, though. Given that y'all on the left continue to embrace the Occupy Wall Street movement rather than denouncing it and the rampant sexual assaults therein. We women should just shut up and suck it up, right? I mean, what's a little rape if it's for an agenda?
Well, we here in South Carolina are instead heeding the Sheriff's words. That is *our* right; the Second Amendment exists for just such a reason. Like the Sheriff said and like all people who are sane realize, the police cannot protect everyone, all at once, all the time. They protect the citizenry and investigate crimes as well as they can, but they cannot - and do not - stop them all. We don't live in a land filled with unicorns and fairy dust. It's just not possible for them to do so, no matter what. Citizens must be able to protect themselves. And we ladies here in South Carolina intend to.
“The phone has been ringing off the hook since last night,” said David Blanton, a master instructor at Top Gun Shooting in Boiling Springs.
“I’ve had 16 women call … and maybe eight to ten husbands call who want their wives to go through my class,” Blanton said. “It’s been nuts.”
That's empowerment, baby.