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Sheriff to Visitors: 'If You Kill Someone, We Might Kill You'

Georgia sheriff Mike Jolley says he likes to 'stir the pot'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2018 2:00 PM CDT
Sheriff’s Sign: 'Our Citizens Have Concealed Weapons'
This photo shows a new welcome sign in Harris County, Ga., near Hamilton, Ga. Sheriff Mike Jolley installed the sign Tuesday, Nov. 24. Jolley tells local media that he paid for the sign himself and wanted to give voice to what he considers to be a "silent majority."   (D&S Sign Company via AP)

(Newser) – Want to know where Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley stands in the culture war? Just read the sign outside his office, WSB-TV reports. "Our citizens have concealed weapons. If you kill someone, we might kill you back. We have ONE jail and 356 cemeteries. Enjoy your stay!" Jolley insists it's all "tongue-in-cheek" and he wants out-of-towners to say "wow," but his other quotes suggest a serious ideological bent behind his "Welcome to Harris County, Georgia" signs. "Georgia is very much a Second Amendment state, and Harris County is a strong Second Amendment county," he tells the Washington Post.

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That might explain a sign he posted three years ago reading, "WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you… LEAVE!" Meanwhile some Facebook users accuse Jolley of taking things too far, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that Georgia gun deaths have been steadily rising for over 10 years and reached the fourth-highest nationwide in 2016 at 1,571 fatalities. In fact, Georgia residents are twice as likely to be shot as people in New York. But Jolley seems to embrace the controversy. "I've been in office a long time," he says. "So I like to stir the pot." (Read more Georgia stories.)

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