Florida sheriff delivers the cold, hard truth to gun grabbers

Efforts to label the murders committed in Jacksonville as “gun violence” were tamped down by the sheriff with a message on “horrible things” done by the “wicked.”

(Video: Fox News)

The presidential campaign of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) appeared to drive the nationalization of the recent tragedy that resulted in the deaths of three innocent people. While corporate media latched onto the heinous and reportedly racially-motivated murders as a way to rebuke that state’s policies, Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters batted down the typical leftist narratives.

“The story is always about guns…people are bad. This guy’s a bad guy,” he had said during a Sunday press conference.

“If I could take my gun off right now, and I lay it on this counter, nothing’ll happen,” continued Waters, miming disarming himself as he slapped the podium. “It’ll sit there. But as soon as a wicked person grabs ahold of that handgun and starts shooting people with it — there’s the problem.”

“The problem is the individual,” affirmed the sheriff.

As previously reported, the alleged killer had been seen at the Edward Waters University, a small historically black school, before entering a nearby Dollar General store where he was said to have fatally shot 52-year-old Angela Michelle Carr, 29-year-old Jerrald Gallion and 19-year-old Anolt Joseph “AJ” Laguerre Jr.

DeSantis appeared at the Sunday vigil held near the store and was met with jeers from the crowd that attempted to find fault with the governor’s Second Amendment stance, shouting “Your policies caused this!”

So, too, did President Joe Biden release a statement connecting the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington in his statement that read in part, “This day of remembrance and commemoration ended with yet another American community wounded by an act of gun violence, reportedly fueled by hate-filled animus and carried out with two firearms.”

At the vigil, Jacksonville Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman (D) had backed DeSantis by attempting to quell the booing crowd, noting the need to “put parties aside” as she reminded “A bullet don’t know a party.”

Meanwhile, Waters appeared to do one better at his press conference when he went on decrying blaming the weapon that, insofar as the investigation had shown, had been legally owned.

“Now, guns are a tool that people use to do horrible things. But, it’s the individuals that wield these things,” the sheriff said to the press, “so we are working hard to try to, to try to stop that. But, in this situation, in this case…there was nothing illegal about him owning firearms.”

A great deal of positive responses poured in for Waters’ earnest statement on the root cause of the tragedy, with many sharing similar sentiments to “Finally someone with the guts to say what is true.”


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