Yesterday, we looked at a story out of New Jersey where a cop with a gun killed a man who went on a rampage with a bulldozer.
It was an example of how guns are not the main problem of criminality. The main problem behind criminality is…criminals. (Obviously).
Today, we look at a story that shows the other side: how only giving guns to police puts all of us and our rights in danger.
This story comes out of Bingham County, Idaho, a tiny county of 45,000 just north of the mainly Mormon city of Pocatello in neighboring Bannock County.
What Happened in Bingham?
The next time you hear leftists talk about how normal Americans need to be disarmed and only police should have guns, drop them a link to this incident that happened in Bingham County. Sheriff Craig Rowland basically went apesh*t on a group of young Mormon girls for no reason.
Prior to Thanksgiving, a group of Latter-day-Saint (LDS, Mormon) girls were putting up funny turkey-themed ‘thank you’ signs on people’s doors, saying to give thanks at this time of year.
They played a small trick and rang the sheriff’s doorbell before running away. The sheriff reportedly stepped out of his door, called the signs “bullsh*t,” and then asked his wife to grab his firearm.
He then saw the girls driving by picked up by their youth group leader. He swore at them to stop and get out, pointing his gun at them and yanking one by the hair, putting his firearm right to her face and threatening to shoot her dead on the spot.
An Idaho sheriff chased down a group of young girls, held them at gunpoint, and threatened to kill them after they taped turkey-shaped notes of thanks to his door, rang the doorbell and ran away. His defense is that he thought they were “drunk Indians.”https://t.co/EWrUtXmuS4
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 18, 2021
What Happened Next?
After calming down for a moment, Rowland stopped putting his gun to the girl’s head and walked away, letting the terrified girls drive off. He’s now being charged with aggravated assault, battery, and improper usage of a deadly firearm.
Rowland claims in his defense, he wasn’t drunk or intoxicated, but he was confused and thought the girls were “drunk Indians” who were there to harass him.
He said he’s had a lot of past experiences with “drunk Indians” coming to his home and harassing him in his 3.5 decades as a cop. Also, he claims he knows lots of Native Americans who are “not good” that live nearby. For this reason, Rowland says he reacted strongly.
According to Rowland, the recent switch of Daylight Savings Time had also really thrown him for a loop and he was confused. Would that reassure you if a man with enormous power had a gun pressed to your head?
The bottom line is that only giving guns to those in power and agents of the state is an absolutely terrible idea. Police are human just like everyone else, and they aren’t always perfect. We need to protect our gun rights at all costs.
Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland has been charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor for allegedly threatening a Latter-day Saint youth group with a gun. https://t.co/1vSaeIALzx
— East Idaho News (@EastIDNews) December 15, 2021