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Carry your guns, people

Island County sheriff was at the Cascade Mall when the shooting started. He was not carrying a gun.

I wonder if he was just following the mall’s no gun policy? Apparently not. He doesn’t carry when he’s out of his county and off duty. I find that odd.

11 Responses to “Carry your guns, people”

  1. j t bolt Says:

    Maybe law enforcement doesn’t agree with him? Plenty of other lines of work

  2. rickn8or Says:

    “He says he was embarrassed after the shootings that he wasn’t armed. But now after talking to fellow officers, he stands by his decision not to carry a gun while out of Island County and off duty.”




  3. Jim W Says:

    I’m not proud of this but my years of lawyer work got me out of the habit of carrying. I was walking through like half a dozen metal detectors a day and it just got too annoying. Now that I’m back in IT, I haven’t resumed the habit.

  4. FiftycalTX Says:

    The gun is heavy, people stare at me if it is open and concealed is a pain in the ass. Besides, I am never anywhere where I would need it. Does that sound about right?

  5. Mike V Says:

    I’m a cop and am armed anytime I leave the house. If I were in that Sheriff’s shoes, I’d have trouble looking at myself in the mirror.

  6. Tom O'B Says:

    “relaxing after a drink” Did no one notice this part. You generally don’t carry if your drinking.

  7. Allen Says:

    Tom, then don’t drink.

  8. Grendel Says:

    It is a low crime area and most of the cops are fudds. Besides, a Sherriff is a politician not a cop in Washington state.

  9. Jason Says:

    That Sheriff is no law-man. He is a politician, a dirty fud, and a coward. He dosn’t carry so he has an excuse as to why he didn’t go in to harms way.

  10. Adam Says:

    Maybe I don’t get it, but if he is off duty and drinking alcohol, isn’t it more responsible of him to not carry a firearm? I carry daily, but if I know that I’m going out for a beer and dinner, the firearm stays at home. Seems like common sense to me. The notion intuited above where we demand all LEOs to stay dead ass sober and ever vigilant is ridiculous. Further – say the guy shoots the killer. They immediately run a blood test on him as is standard procedure. Guy comes back with alcohol in his blood. Now he’s at least losing his gig immediately and potentially going to jail for carrying a firearm under the influence. Seems like the guy did the best he could given the circumstances. Headline would read “White off-duty Sheriff under the influence of alcohol shoots alleged gunman with service pistol.”

  11. Old NFO Says:

    He needs another line of work…