Quote of the Day: Leon County (FL) Sheriff Supports the Second Amendment, But . . .


“I support the Second Amendment. I am not trying to restrict gun ownership in any fashion. But it’s important as a sheriff whose responsibility is public safety to lobby for responsible legislation. I think this is a public safety issue. Not only am I responsible for public safety, but I’m also responsible for the safety of my law enforcement.” – Leon County, Florida Sheriff Mike Wood in Hammer blasts Sheriff Wood over gun bills [at tallahassee.com]


  1. avatar KnowWhatIamTalkingAbout says:

    And I would like to blast auto play videos on mobile versions of this site, which began yesterday. Absolutely unacceptable. Please fix.

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      1. avatar Anonymous says:

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      2. avatar JasonM says:

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  2. avatar Kapeltam says:

    If you start out “I support the Second amendment, but…”, you do not support the Second amendment.

    1. avatar Bob313 says:

      Absolutely. It is kind of like saying “I support the 4th amendment, but…” This is why I am starting to believe that HR 218 and off-duty carry should be banned/overturned, and that retired and off-duty police officers should be forced to go through the same permitting process as We-The-People with no special consideration given based on their current or former employer. And that says a lot considering I qualify for HR 218. Generally, most police officers in this nation respect and support the 2nd amendment 100%. They know it works, and they fear that they could end up disarmed like us. The few police officers who work in liberal states and/or cities seem to have no respect for the rights of the people they reportedly serve, that they are the anointed protectors of the politically privileged, and it really pisses me off to no end.

      1. avatar Matt N. says:

        I agree with you Bob. Never understood why retired leo got special treatment. Once you quit sucking off the public teet, you should return to civilian status. Then again, shouldn’t Obama and his band of parasites have Obama care?

    2. avatar Tym O'Byrne says:

      I support the 13th but…

      I love this game.

    3. avatar notalima says:

      He made it two whole sentences before “But” appeared. 😉

    4. avatar Ralph says:

      I do not support the 26th amendment. No ifs, ands or buts. Come to think of it, I’m not all that happy with the 19th Amendment either.

  3. avatar neiowa says:

    Wood, who was appointed sheriff last year

    A County with 7 supervisors – 6 being demtard. SHOCKING that when a responsible ELECTED progun sheriff assumes room temp the demtards dig up a Fudd and anoint him as sheriff.

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Then bedazzle his uniform like a mustang 4 star general.
      One can only hope he loses the election. Soundly.

      1. avatar Omer Baker says:

        Bedazzled his uniform. Simply awesome.

      2. avatar jwm says:

        Vajazzled his vajayjay?

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      I missed that, thanks. This guy needs to be primaryed, as do ALL of those county “supervisors”, who think that means “rulers”.

    3. avatar Mecha75 says:

      Wood was appointed Sheriff by Gov. Rick Scott last year and his post is up for reelection this year.

      1. avatar billy-bob says:

        Does he have an opponent yet, and where can we send contributions to defeat him?

  4. avatar 505markf says:

    Well, Sheriff, that’s the funny thing about the Second Amendment – the right exists in two components. I get that you support the “keep” part of it, but it also says “bear” arms. Oh, yeah, and that pesky shall not be infringed bit. So it would be more accurate that you support part of the 2A, but certainly not all of it.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      If you don’t support it all, then you are advocating violation of the Constitution. Which, for anyone employed by the government, should be a hanging offense.

    2. avatar uncommon_sense says:


      You beat me to it.

      It’s all well and good that Mr. Sheriff supports our unalienable right to own firearms. Unfortunately, he opposes our unalienable right to bear arms. That is in direct violation of his oath of office and the Supreme Law of the Land (United States Constitution, Second Amendment).

  5. avatar Anon says:

    I support the 2nd Amendment but i don’t think we all need nukes, tanks, fighter jets, incendiary grenades, etc…now full auto, flash grenades are acceptable

    1. avatar Anonymous says:

      I need nukes.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “I need nukes.”

        I’m having a hard time finding one that doesn’t glaringly print under my clothing.

        Now, ‘Mike The Gun Guy’ Wassermann could easily concealed carry an entire ICBM MIRV bus like this one:


        In your case, I suggest eating lots of beans with garlic… 🙂

    2. avatar Bob313 says:

      Well, how about a ten MIRV limit?

    3. avatar NoNamesOnTheNet says:

      I’ll settle for a Stryker and a Gunship. But an Abrams would certainly look good in my garage and a Strike Eagle would be the tits next time I go out of town.

  6. avatar JohnnyDerp says:

    “I support the 2nd Amendment but i don’t think we all need nukes, tanks, fighter jets, incendiary grenades, etc…”

    Well, you’re no fun 🙂

    The Fudd Sheriff needs to understand that Sheriff is elected. I suppose he doesn’t want to be elected? Be vigilant peeps, or you’ll end up in California, without moving an inch

  7. avatar BLKGsx says:

    Using “but” in the middle of the sentence generally makes everything stated before it untrue.

  8. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    I don’t usually denounce double talking sheriffs but………….

  9. avatar Mk10108 says:

    Appointed, not elected by the people. He’s 192k in the till and wants your vote denying lawful self protection on campus. Sheriff Woods needs a walk to the woodshed via the voters.

  10. avatar Another Robert says:

    I take it that “I own guns myself” is now the “I have black friends myself” of the gun-grabber crowd.

    1. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      Yes, but with a twist. He’s anti- campus and open carry, but he’d be fine with his sister campus or open carrying.

      1. avatar Another Robert says:

        Not surprised–the “guns for me but not for thee” twist is another facet of the same mindset.

  11. avatar PeterK says:

    Allow me to paraphrase a bit. “I’m not trying to restrict gun ownership in any fashion. I am trying to get others to do it for me.”

    Gee. Thanks.

  12. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    I don’t think appointees to major offices like Sheriff should be legal. If someone dies, resigns, or otherwise departs or is unable to discharge the duties of an office, then hold a special election to replace them. If an administrator or legislator is oh so important that a even a vacancy of a few months is unacceptable, then fine, appoint an acting-whatever to run it during that period. However, no acting-Sheriff or whatever may run for that same office in the next special or regular election.

    These appointees to elected office should only serve to do the people’s business on an emergency basis. They should not be an end run around the Constitution to give political insiders the unearned advantages of incumbency in the upcoming election.

    Really, they got the appointment because it was an emergency and there was no time to wait for an election. Hmm….then how does the appointee have so much free time in his emergency appointed position to campaign in that same election that we didn’t have time to wait for? Scam.

  13. avatar Joe R. says:

    I don’t always support the 2nd Amendment (and thus every other unalienable right) with armed conflict,

    but when I do, it’s usually something spectacular.

    Stay vigilantly armed, my friends.

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      Bluelivesmatter (more than yours), even in Sheriff green. Because only your government can protect you when they cannot even protect themselves, and only your government has a Constitutional Right to protect you from your government.

  14. avatar GusMac says:

    How about this version? I support the 2A, butt clinching not so much. Oops wrong state.

  15. avatar Dave says:

    Everything before the but is bull excrement

  16. avatar gs650g says:

    The 2A clarifies the right because of tools like this.

  17. avatar Jim Bullock says:

    The election-time ads write themselves.

    This is great stuff… for the sheriff election, the sups election & the national election as both get out the vote local pr and fodder for the natiinal issue montage. Also for state elections setting the process for vacancies.

    The Stupid Party will do none of this, of course. They’re busy fragging each other while Camille Paglia is back in Salon (the Only teason to ever read Salon) taking a pitchfork to the entire D field, and the D’s are targeting Mia Love – announced today.

    What good is a party if theh cant operate the machinery of getting their folks elected?

    Issues activism, meaning we’re gonna have to do any of that P R if it is to be done. Where can I send my donation to the EFF-equivalent for guns?

  18. avatar Tony in Topeka says:

    “I support the Second Amendment. I am not trying to restrict gun ownership in any fashion. ”

    How can you say that, then turn around and say you support sensible gun laws?

    Every gun law restricts gun ownership … At least it does for gun owners that are law abiding.

  19. avatar derfel cadarn says:

    Wrong sir, your job is to carry out the law of the land. Even a career public parasite like yourself posses the capacity to read the words “Shall not be infringed”, simple and straight forward.

  20. avatar mike says:

    That’s funny… the word “but” is nowhere to be found in the Second Amendment.

  21. avatar Ralph says:

    Sheriff Woodhead reminds me a bit of former Sheriff Lee Baca of the LASD (‘memba him?). You know, the old “I support the Second Amendment but it’s gonna cost you” guy.

    Guess what? Baca is on his way to prison. Too bad that it won’t be the same jail that he ran as his corrupt and brutal fiefdom. Now THAT would be karma.

  22. avatar LJM says:

    Laws aren’t meant to keep police “safe”.

  23. avatar Rick says:

    The butt monkey has arrived.

  24. avatar Ray says:

    I realize fat cop shaming is not politically correct but he sure tried hard to hide that big but.

  25. avatar Spartan says:

    Law enforcement should not dictate politics or policy. Just do what they’re asked/told

  26. avatar Stuki Moi says:

    To the Government’s Beavis, there will always be an army of But-heads. That’s why we are stuck where we are.

  27. avatar bethebullet says:

    I’m not sure where this idea Cops are somehow magical pistol ninjas and your safety trumps mine. I don’t think so.

  28. avatar bethebullet says:

    I’m not sure where this idea Cops are somehow magical pistol ninjas and your safety trumps mine.

  29. avatar Jim Bullock says:

    “…it’s important as a sheriff … to lobby for responsible legislation.

    Um, no.

    – Your brief is implementation. Your brief is not advisory.

    – “Lobbying” is advocacy for a particular position. Your role is to make information available for people to form what opinion they will, not to tilt information toward the opinion you already prefer.

    – “Lobbying” is influencing “decisions makers” directly, vs. informing the people who are governed.

    – Budget allocated to you for implementing the preferences of the people who employ you is not allocated for lobbying, er – influencing, er – propagandizing, er – brain washing, those people. If you have a personal opinion, advocate for that on your own time. Professionally, in uniform, on your employers dime, do your job.

    – Influencing the legislative process using public funds is very illegal, depending on jurisdiction. Particulars aside, there’s a name for a system of using public money to promote allocation of more public money to your preferences. By whatever name it is at least distasteful.

    Were there any question about the dangers of law enforcement appointed by politicians in place, that one sentence should answer it. Interestingly, that one sentence embodies about half of the intrinsic, unmanageable problems with law enforcement appointed by politicians in place.

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