Joe Arpaio Lies, Insults His Deputies, Promises School-Posses with "Automatic and Semi-Automatic" Weapons
Arpaio, howlin' at the moon in his appearance on the Thom Hartmann radio show: The fun begins about 16:18 in
Hat tip to Phoenix videographer Dennis Gilman for letting me know about Sheriff Joe Arpaio's appearance Thursday on the uber-lefty Thom Hartmann radio show, where he howled at the moon, boasted about B-movie has-been Steven Seagal being in his posse, having a .50 caliber gun (for what, no one knows), and how he's planning to have some of his Depends-wearin' posse alter kockers protect the kiddies with automatic and semi-automatic weapons.
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"My theory is, when you have marked cars around the schools," Joe growled at Hartmann, "with my posse having automatic weapons, and semi-automatic weapons, maybe somebody, the bad guy, may say, `I'm not going near that school.' So this is a deterrence or prevention also."
A posse dude (bottom or top, hmmm?) hard at work, circa 2003
Hartmann, who is for stricter gun laws, natch, noted some statistic about how one shot in five hitting its target is "good shootin" for a cop in an emergency situation. He asked if Joe's posse members, specifically Seagal, whom Joe says carries an automatic weapon, could best that stat.
"Well," said ol' Joe, "I don't know about those circumstances. Why are we picking out some selected situations?"
"The reason I'm asking," replied Hartmann, "is I'm wondering if those other four bullets are going to hit kids. It's like, do we really want firefights going on around our schools?"
Wow, a shot of common sense across the bow. How about that?
Joe then quickly changes the subject, noting that one of his deputies had just been wounded by gunfire and was in the hospital, and he talked about another deputy of his killed while on duty.
"So these guys both had guns, and their guns didn't protect them?" asked Hartmann, cleverly.