Sheriff to Women: Pack a Pistol to Shoot Rapists
Gun control is getting your barrel on a target, says SC lawman
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2011 1:35 AM CDT
Sheriff Chuck Wright holds a mug shot of a suspect charged with kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and grand larceny after an attack on a woman. Wright urged women to start packing heat.   (AP Photo/Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Gerry Pate)

(Newser) – Ladies, if you want to stop rapists, start packing heat. That's the advice from a South Carolina sheriff who reassures women that "you ain't got to be accurate; you just have to get close." Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright was moved to encourage local gals to get a permit and "carry a concealed weapon" after a woman walking her dog was choked and nearly raped by a repeat sex offender, whom Wright called an "animal." Our "form of justice is not making it. Carry a concealed weapon. That'll fix it," Wright urged at a press conference after the would-be rapist was captured.

The man would have been stopped earlier had he walked up to someone with a gun, Wright explained. The sheriff held aloft a modern-day holster, a fanny pack, which can be used to "conceal a small pistol," and even recommended a gun brand, reports WYFF4-TV. Wright knows he'll be in a heap of trouble with "liberals," but added: "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.'" Wright said he's all for gun control, adding: "When you can get your barrel on the target quick, that's gun control."

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Nov 3, 2011 12:02 PM CDT
What I don't understand is why it's women's job to stop rapists. Instead of talking to victims, why don't we put some real effort into talking to men, bringing them up right and preventing THEM from becoming rapists? That said, I carry pepper spray. I don't want to kill anybody but I sure as hell don't want to be raped.
Nov 2, 2011 7:57 PM CDT
My kind of sheriff.
Nov 2, 2011 7:24 PM CDT
He sounds crazy, but I kinda like him. FYI, I'm a liberal and I don't support gun control. I'd own a gun myself but I haven't had enough extra money laying around to afford one and the accompanying classes to learn how to properly use and care for it. I don't ever foresee myself using one outside a range, mind you, but I suspect in the worst case scenario (zombies) I'll be ready. "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -- T. Jefferson "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." -- T. Jefferson