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SHERIFF LAYS DOWN THE LAW: “Carry a concealed weapon. That’ll fix it.”

The Spartanburg County Sheriff is known for speaking his mind, and at a news conference on Monday, he didn’t hold back his anger and frustration after a woman was attacked in a park over the weekend.


Investigators said 46-year-old Walter Lance grabbed a woman who was walking her dog in Milliken Park on Sunday afternoon. They said Lance choked the woman, made her take off her clothing and tried to rape her. (Full Story)


Lance is in custody and was denied bond on Monday.

Sheriff Chuck Wright opened his news conference by saying, “Our form of justice is not making it.”

He said, “Carry a concealed weapon. That’ll fix it.”

Wright said Lance has had more than 20 charges dating back to 1983.


Wright said Lance has been in jail more often than he has, and he runs the jail, and he said Lance gets out easier. Wright punctuated it by saying, “And I’m aggravated.”


He said he doesn’t believe every person needs to be kept in jail, but he said, “I don’t think this animal deserves to be out in our society, walking alongside our women.”


Wright said,”Liberals call me and tell me the chain-gang form of justice isn’t working. Well, let me inform you, your form of justice isn’t working either.”


He said Lance should not have had the right or opportunity to “violate a good, upstanding woman.”


“This is a horrific crime,” Wright said. “Her life was threatened so many times.”


Walter Lance was denied bond.

He said Lance “doesn’t fight police or men folk — he just goes after women.” He said Lance is not married because, “No woman can stay married to him because he beats them down too much.”


Wright said, “It’s too bad someone with a concealed weapons permit didn’t walk by. That would fix it.” He said people are tired of doing the right thing and criminals getting away with their actions.


He said several times, “I want you to get a concealed weapons permit.”


At one point, Wright held up a fanny pack and said, “They make this right here where you can conceal a small pistol in them. They got one called The Judge that shoots a .45 or a .410 shell. You ain’t got to be accurate; you just have to get close.”


Wright said, “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 in his view, gun control is, “Is when you can get your barrel back on the target quick. That’s gun control.”


Milliken Park

Wright said the attack is not the fault of Millken Park. He said, “It’s a nice place for families.”


He said officers patrol the area all the time and respond to various calls there. He said, “Don’t blame anyone for having an animal on their property … We can’t get it all.”


He encouraged women to walk in groups, and he ended by saying again, “I want you to get a concealed weapons permit. Don’t get Mace. Get a firearm.”

And then he said, “I think I better stop before I get sanctioned.”
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  1. kedzilla

    The entire time I read this the chord progression from “America, Fuck Yeah!” was ringing in my head.

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  2. Jakegint

    That’s why Greenville Spartanburg is one of the best metros to live in in the country.

    I’ve highly recommended it to le Monsieur many times.

    They will actually WELCOME his street cannon there!


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  3. dk

    What do you expect.. it’s the South.. where the answer to every problem is god and a gun. Personally, I’d arm women with bear spray. Now that is an ass whipper.

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  4. TJWP

    It would certainly be interesting to mandate everyone carry a concealed weapon. I mean sure after a year or two there would be a lot less people but those that were left would be polite, mind their own business, and be quick to the draw.

    Additionally think of the stimulus to the funeral home, emergency room, and gun/bulletproof vest industries.

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    • Jakegint

      Everyone always says this… but in fact gun crimes go down with the incidence of CC laws.

      From a University of Utah study on that state’s concealed carry results:

      Conclusion: Passage of concealed carry legislation in Utah does not fit the trends in crime rates experienced by other states that have passed similar laws. Previous research indicates that crimes against individuals decrease while crimes against property involving stealth increase after passage of conceal carry laws. In Utah:
      1. Murder rates decreased overall after 1995. However, there was a marked increase in the murder rates committed by males in the 10-24 age group, probably due to gang violence.
      2. Assault rates decreased at an accelerated rate.
      3. Rape rates do not appear to be affected by the law.
      4. Robbery rates decreased at a greater rate.
      5. Crimes against property involving stealth (burglary, larceny, auto theft) did not increase as predicted and do not seem to be affected by the law.
      6. The unintentional firearm injury rates decreased despite a 17-fold increase in permit holders, which indicates that responsible individuals carry guns.
      7. Assaults and weapons possession in elementary schools show that these schools may be developing into a more hostile environment, while secondary schools do not appear to have changed.
      8. Permit revocation reasons shows that permit holders do not use their firearms to commit crime.

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  5. checklist

    Essentially all liberal “kindness” laws hurt what they purport to help. Outlaw guns and then ONLY criminals will have them, which won’t help.

    I don’t own one, just saying.

    What states have the lowest crime rates? I’m guessing those with the highest % of LEGAL guns

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    • ottnott

      Bad guess.

      Even if you were certain that a higher level of legal gun ownership would cause a reduction in crime, you shouldn’t expect a perfect correlation with crime rates. There are a lot of factors associated with crime rates, two important ones being the poverty and the prevalence of young males in the population.

      Here’s the top 10 for violent crime in 2007:
      District of Columbia
      South Carolina
      New Mexico

      Of the 10:
      –6 rank in the bottom 20 for rate of gun ownership
      –4 rank in the top 20 for rate of gun ownership

      Conclusion: rate of gun ownership likely does not have a significant correlation with violent crime rates.

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