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Remember kids, only the police and the military are sufficiently trained and skilled with firearms ownership and use to own and carry them. That’s why we need more common sense gun controls to do something about the fact that so many Americans owning guns.

The next time someone in the gun control industry pulls that old thing out of their arsenal of tired justifications for disarming civilians, remember this story from Idaho.

Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland didn’t appreciate a girls church group who had been taping “turkey thank you” notes to doors in his neighborhood before Thanksgiving. After affixing a thank-you to his door, they rang his doorbell and then ran down the street.

As wthr.com reports . . .

Investigators with the attorney general’s office reviewed footage captured by the sheriff’s Ring doorbell camera, including a video that shows the girls taping the turkey to the door and running away.

In the video, Rowland steps outside, looks at the note, and appears to read the words “thank you” aloud. 

“That’s frickin’ bullsh–,” the sheriff says in the video, before calling to his wife to “get my gun.” 

When the girls passed his house, driven by their church group leader, the sheriff stopped the car.

She said Rowland looked into the car, pointed his gun at her, then pointed it at two girls sitting in the front passenger seat. The sheriff then aimed the gun back at her, the woman said, and told her to “get the f– out of the car,” the woman reported. 

As she moved to put the vehicle in park, the woman said, Rowland grabbed her by the hair, yanked her from the car, and aimed his gun at her face, holding it just inches from her forehead. 

Multiple girls inside the car reported hearing the sheriff ask the woman who she was and say “I will f—-shoot you,” according to investigators.

The woman had apparently gown up next door to the sheriff and “considered him a family friend.” She identified herself, but it didn’t seem to do any good.

“That’s when I really got scared because the gun was still at my head and he didn‘t know who was,” she said, according to the affidavit.

He eventually calmed down and let the woman and the girls go. Now, after an investigation by the state attorney general, he’s been charged with felony counts of aggravated battery and aggravated assault, along with a misdemeanor count of exhibition or deadly use of a weapon.

As for an explanation of his behavior . . .

Rowland said he had had one alcoholic drink earlier in the night, but was not drunk or impaired.

“I had all of my facilities with me, I was clear as a freakin bell,” he told investigators.

Rowland told investigators that the recent time change had “really messed me up” and said he was on edge because of interactions he and his wife previously had with members of the community.

“I have been doing this job for 36 years. I’ve had drunk Indians drive down my cul-de-sac. I’ve had drunk Indians come to my door,” he said. “I live just off the reservation, we have a lot of reservation people around us who are not good people.”

You can probably imagine how well that comment has been received. After a leave of absence during the investigation, Sheriff Rowland is now reportedly back on the job, awaiting trial.

 

 

 

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