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Offline Sanguine

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For those of us wondering what it looks like when the government runs out of money.  (Of course, in this case, people are still getting money from the federal government, so they are fed and housed for the most part.)

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With only one other paid law enforcement officer on staff now to help Martin County Sheriff John Kirk monitor a 231-square-mile area day and night, the department is stretched to its limit.
Jenny Jarvie
March 5, 2019
Los Angeles Times


Martin County Sheriff John Kirk on patrol in Inez, Kentucky.

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MARTIN COUNTY, Kentucky -- Before making a wave of cutbacks across his department, Martin County Sheriff John Kirk delivered a grim warning to residents of this hardscrabble Appalachian community.

“Law enforcement as we have known for the last four years will not exist,” he posted on Facebook last month. “WE ARE BROKE… LOCK YOUR DOORS, LOAD YOUR GUNS AND GET YOU A BARKING, BITING DOG. If the Sheriff’s office can’t protect you, WHO WILL?”

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The sheriff is not the only public servant feeling the pinch.

Key county roads are rife with potholes as the road and bridges department tries to make do with rusty excavators, dump trucks and salt trucks. Six months ago, an axle fell off the county’s only grader and the heavy-duty machine now languishes in a parking lot, in pieces. The county cannot afford the $10,000 to fix it.

Water pipes across the county are crumbling, cau...

https://www.officer.com/command-hq/news/21070781/kentucky-sheriff-struggles-to-provide-law-and-order-as-county-struggles-with-money
Cui bono?

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"With only one other paid law enforcement officer on staff now to help Martin County Sheriff John Kirk monitor a 231-square-mile area day and night, the department is stretched to its limit."
“Law enforcement as we have known for the last four years will not exist,” he posted on Facebook last month. “WE ARE BROKE… LOCK YOUR DOORS, LOAD YOUR GUNS AND GET YOU A BARKING, BITING DOG. If the Sheriff’s office can’t protect you, WHO WILL?”


Good advice from Sheriff Kirk.

If there are criminals about, let the good citizens band together and do a little "law enforcement" on their own.
(and yes, I really endorse that)

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"With only one other paid law enforcement officer on staff now to help Martin County Sheriff John Kirk monitor a 231-square-mile area day and night, the department is stretched to its limit."
“Law enforcement as we have known for the last four years will not exist,” he posted on Facebook last month. “WE ARE BROKE… LOCK YOUR DOORS, LOAD YOUR GUNS AND GET YOU A BARKING, BITING DOG. If the Sheriff’s office can’t protect you, WHO WILL?”


Good advice from Sheriff Kirk.

If there are criminals about, let the good citizens band together and do a little "law enforcement" on their own.
(and yes, I really endorse that)
If they can have voluntary firemen, why can't they have voluntary leos? But of course, if crime really becomes a problem, the governor should order out the national guard.

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Good timing for this:

https://www.wkrn.com/news/kentucky/kentucky-gov-to-sign-law-allowing-concealed-carry-without-permit/1824272124



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March 11, 2019 at 10:28 PM EST - Updated March 12 at 7:21 AM
FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill to change gun laws in the Commonwealth.

Bevin signed the NRA-backed measure, Senate Bill 150, into law Monday. It allows anyone 21 and over to carry a concealed weapon without a permit in the state of Kentucky.



Governor signs KY bill into law allowing concealed carry without permit
« Last Edit: March 12, 2019, 11:01:09 AM by Polly Ticks »
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