US sheriff threatened blogger with gun
GUNS. The debate in the US rages. In Beaver County, a local sheriff is accused of making threats against a blogger and a volunteer:
Both alleged victims testified at length today. Mr. Fleischman, a county jail guard, said that when he went to shake the sheriff’s hand at a campaign event, the sheriff called him a profane name and threatened to cut off his hands and eat them. He said he didn’t report the incident to anyone because he feared for his job and the sheriff is president of the county prison board.
The sheriff is allowed to carry a gun.
Mr. Vranesevich, who operates the website The Beaver Countian, testified through tears that the sheriff pulled his gun and waved it around during a meeting he had with the sheriff in the presence of two deputies, Thomas Ochs and Michael Tibolet.
Mr. Vranesevich was researching a story for his blog about a uniform contract for the sheriff’s department. He said Sheriff David, upset at the reporting on his office by J.D. Prose of the Beaver County Times, drew the gun in anger and warned that Mr. Vranesevich had better not report negatively on his office as he said Mr. Prose had. At one point, he said, the sheriff threatened to kill Mr. Prose.
So. Should only the police have all the guns?
“If you start reporting [expletive] like this, I’m going to to blow your [expletive] brains out, too,” Mr. Vranesevich said the sheriff screamed.
Mr. Vranesevich said the majority of the two hours he was in Sheriff David’s office were spent listening in shock as the sheriff alternately ranted against his various enemies and then calmed down again.
The debate rages…
Photo: A poster with the faces and names of the young victims of the Sandy Hook School massacre rests on the desk of State Senator Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, as State Senator Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, speaks at the podium in the background, during the debate period for one of several gun control bills before the Colorado Legislature, at the State Capitol, in Denver, Monday March 11, 2013. Giron received the poster as a gift from the sister of the one of the massacre victims.