Militia Intent, by Darryl Daniels

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From a speech delivered by Darryl Daniels, the sheriff of Clay County, Florida. A video of the speech was posted on the department’s Facebook page in June.

Hey, folks. Me and the men and women of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office just want to weigh in on what we’re seeing play out in the mainstream media in this country. Look, folks, don’t fall victim to this conversation that law enforcement is the enemy. If you think for one second that we will bend our backs for you, then you’re sadly mistaken. God is raising up men and women just like the folks you see standing behind me. So you can threaten all you want. You’ll have something waiting on you that you don’t want. The second that you step out from up under the protection of the Constitution, we will be waiting and we will give you everything you want—all the pain. If we can’t handle you, you know what I’ll do? I’ll make special deputies of every gun owner in this county. I’ll deputize them. You’ve been warned.

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