Kentucky sheriff warns citizens: ‘Lock your doors, load your guns, law enforcement will not exist’

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Four days ago, on March 5, 2019, Hawaii became the first state in the “union” to openly call for Congress to repeal the Second Amendment.

As the Left’s gun-control drumbeats grow every louder and more insistent, a Kentucky sheriff’s shocking words are a timely warning to Americans of the critical importance of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

John Kirk, 50, is the sheriff of Martin County, a hardscrabble Appalachian community in Kentucky.

The county is one of a swath of rural mountain communities struggling to maintain essential public services as coal mines shutter, leaving them with dwindling jobs, residents and taxes. In the last decade, Martin County’s population has dropped from about 13,000 to 11,500 as the number of workers employed by coal companies fell from 866 to 57. The county’s per capita income is $14,900; more than a third of residents live below the poverty line.

On February 4, 2019, the Martin County Fiscal Court approved the sheriff’s budget of $140,000. But the county doesn’t have the money because of $1.4 million in debt inherited from the previous administration. “I don’t sleep well,” said Susan Hale, the county’s new treasurer, who is sifting through the bills left by the previous administration, including $230,000 to a regional jail that houses the county’s inmates, $140,000 to a state association that provides liability insurance, plus dribs and drabs for mundane items such as office supplies and toilet paper.

Roger Preece, 57, a county magistrate who took office at the beginning of this year, said: “We love our sheriff, but we just ain’t got the money. If you ain’t got it, you ain’t got it.”

Although the county sheriff’s department is budgeted for $140,000, Sheriff Kirk had not received a $75,000 payment from the fiscal court — half the annual amount promised by the previous administration for fiscal 2018 — which should have been delivered in January. In addition, the department is now required to pay for its own workers’ compensation insurance, retirement, and social security benefits. Those obligations, along with unemployment insurance and fringe benefits, add an additional $99,000 to the department’s annual expenditures.

As a result, Kirk announced he has temporarily ceased all law enforcement services provided by his office. The department’s office hours are reduced to 8 a.m. through noon on weekdays. Kirk laid off the office bookkeeper and reduced the staff to only himself; a deputy, Aaron Blevins; an office manager; a court security officer; and two bailiffs — for a county of 231 sq. miles. Kirk’s wife, Regina, manages payroll and files financial reports for the office free of charge in the evenings and on weekends.

In a post on his personal Facebook page, Sheriff Kirk delivered a grim warning to residents of Martin County:

“The state police will have to answer all complaints . . . as there are only two of us. Law enforcement as we have known for the last four years will not exist. I’m very sorry to tell you this but I want the fine folks of this county to know the truth. 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?

We didn’t get this broke overnight and we won’t rebound overnight. Pray that the Lord will lead us and guide us through this terrible time . . . . I have worked 16 to 18 hours a day myself to try to serve you, But I too must sleep a few hours. The law requires the Sheriff to collect taxes, Bailiff court and serve papers. We have always provided police protection but without the funding we can no longer do this. I’m very sorry and I apologize to the employees and to the citizens of our county. I am truly sorry.”

Kirk has felt shorthanded for much of his four years as sheriff. He has rationed gas, cut back on patrols, and stopped providing security at ballgames. At times, his deputies have worn uniforms with holes in them and driven cruisers with tires worn through to the steel belts.

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

  • Key county roads are rife with potholes.
  • The road and bridges department tries to make do with rusty excavators, dump trucks and salt trucks.
  • The county’s only grader languishes in a parking lot, in pieces, because the county cannot afford the $10,000 to fix it.
  • Water pipes across the county are crumbling, causing the district to lose more than two-thirds of treated water to leaks and allowing untreated groundwater to seep into the water supply. Many residents limit their use of tap water to flushing toilets; most buy bottled water for drinking and cooking.

Many locals blame former county officials for being slow to react to the sharp drop in tax revenue and exacerbating the problems with poor financial decisions, such as a 25-year loan in 2013 to erect a massive government building that requires a monthly payment of $55,000.

While coal’s steep decline is largely a result of less expensive natural gas, many residents are critical of the Obama administration for imposing federal regulations on coal-fired power plants in an effort to cut pollution and move toward cleaner energy sources like wind and solar power. County treasurer Susan Hale said: “Our entire economy was decimated by federal policies. Now we have to live with it.”

Some elected officials who represent the region are calling on the state and federal government to deliver more assistance. State Rep. Chris Harris, a Democrat who represents Martin and neighboring Pike County, said: “These communities fueled the industrial revolution and powered our country through two world wars, but now they’re struggling, there doesn’t appear to be any help on the horizon. If the nation is going to put regulations on our only industry, to make it impossible or unprofitable, shouldn’t it also offer new opportunities?”

As news of the sheriff’s financial strain has spread, Kirk has received some help:

  • A small band of volunteer deputies — many retirees — acts as back-up in the evenings and offers court security.
  • The Kentucky State Police, which has eight troopers assigned to an area that includes Martin and several other counties, picks up some of the slack by taking emergency phone calls that the sheriff cannot handle.
  • Residents have also pitched in: a gas station owner donated $1,000 to fill up police SUVs and cruisers; a church raised $500; people donated paper for the office copy machine; a man handed Sheriff Kirk a $20 bill and said: “Here. I want to help you.” Kirk said: “Man, I don’t want your money. That’s why we pay taxes!” The man threw the bill in Kirk’s lap and walked away.

Sources: WCHS ABC8; Lexington Herald-Leader; Los Angeles Times

Michael T. Snyder of TMIN observes:

As economic conditions continue to deteriorate, we are going to hear a lot more stories like this all over the country.

And the truth is that things will ultimately be far worse in our major cities than in our rural areas.

Just take a look at Chicago. Today it is a war zone, and the growing poverty in the city has fueled the rapid growth of criminal gangs.

According to a study conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago, approximately half of the city was considered to be “middle income” in 1970, but now that number has dropped to just 16 percent….

Right now, there are about 12,000 law enforcement officers and more than 100,000 gang members in the city of Chicago.

That means that the gang members outnumber the police by an almost 10 to 1 margin.

Things are not quite as bad in other major cities, but trouble is definitely brewing. For example, the murder rate in New York City is up 37 percent so far this year, and more gang members are moving in with each passing day.

Philadelphia has also seen the murder rate rise substantially…351 murders in 2018, up 43% since 2013, and the highest level since 2007….

If things are this bad already, what are things going to look like when economic conditions get really bad?….

If we are not able to reverse course as a nation, you may want to take Sheriff Kirk’s advice and “lock your doors, load your guns and get you a barking, biting dog”.

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18 responses to “Kentucky sheriff warns citizens: ‘Lock your doors, load your guns, law enforcement will not exist’

  1. Be prepared folks this is sign of the times and it’s coming. like someone said before, grab your Bible and grab your gun, keep faith in the Lord and protect the ones you love, for God commands that you do this.
    This will be slapped down for now but it tells you they are getting more and more brazen about going after the guns.
    Pray it’s the one thing they can’t do anything about, but it’s the one thing that will get results beyond all other things.

  2. The now-retired Chief of Police of my city made a similar declaration at a recent local town-hall-type meeting: “California is essentially lawless, and citizens would do best by expecting to take care of themselves. Do NOT rely on law enforcement to keep you safe.” (I didn’t record the statement, but this is what he said, more or less to the word.) I was SHOCKED to hear actual TRUTH; his statement was made towards the end of an hour-and-a-half-long meeting where every other official extolled the virtues of our local government, the “decrease in violent crime” in the state (California), and lauded the newly formed, 3-officer “homeless team” our local PD had created, though they all bemoaned the lack of funding for LE by the state (thus promoting a $.01 city sales tax increase which, sadly, passed by quite a large margin).

    We are all guilty of being too reliant on “experts”, whether for our personal safety, health, education, conflict resolution, and local community issues. Sadly, there are countless laws in place that promote said dependence: if any one of us were to take any number of actions routinely performed by cops, we’d go to jail and/or sued penniless. Some parents who refuse vaccines (or even a single vaccine) for their kids are having their kids taken from them. Same with home-schooling (it’s called “educational neglect”, just ask the UN). We are so helpless that we’re not even allowed to control pain on our own.

    Good Lord, we are doomed.

    That said, happy Saturday, all! I’m off to go buy a new bed (a fancy adjustable one; our old, regular mattress is nearly 30 years old. 😳) to go into our currently-being-remodeled bedroom in our currently-being-remodeled home. How it needed it!! Hopefully, there will be time left for us to enjoy it when it’s done. Maybe I should host a FOTM meet-up one day…how fun would that be?! Anyway, cheers, ya’ll. 😘

    • I’ve been talking about this for years. I don’t even understand how anyone ever got the idea that the cops were there for THEM. All they are doing here is making it official.

      The cops enforce the laws. The laws are not designed for US. So, in essence, the cops protect the elites who exploit the eaters. They actually get very annoyed when you call on them for help.

      By disarming all of us they hope to further reduce the “surplus” population. None of these problems will go away on their own. If we find ourselves being forced to pay for services we either do not receive or become the victim of, maybe we should look into methods to stop that.

      We pay taxes, fees and fines to provide for our own enslavement. All of that military equipment we see isn’t to protect US. No, we’re supposed to be out on that street, running through those minefields, dodging those gangsta bullets while they huddle down in the armored vehicles.

      Right now it is more lawless than at any time during the old “Wild West”. Matt Dillon wouldn’t be safe today in Chicago.

      On the bright side, there ARE solutions to this problem. My guess is that it will have to get a lot worse before most will even think about those.

    • Sorry, we are NOT doomed, we just have to save ourselves just like the sheriff said, when the first bullet zings by the enemy’s ear the warning is loud and clear, one step forward and your ass is grass. Let’s hope we don’t get to that, usually when the heat is felt people can read danger. We prepare ourselves for what’s to come head on.

    • Hark back to the wild west when the town’s Sheriff and deputies were backed up by the armed townsfolk. It worked and seems the country towns are headed back that way. Get some volunteers and protect the schools as well

      • I’m a big fan of the “Citizen’s Temperance Leagues”. We are supposed to govern ourselves. If those we appoint can’t or won’t do the job……, we’ll do it ourselves.

        There is nothing sacred about empowering some entity to do something for society in general and having them abuse their power and not provide the service and respect required. When they start lording it over those who pay their salaries something is wrong.

  3. Stock up on ammo. Lots of ammo. And pay cash for it.

    Sad situation in that county…

  4. Is it coincidental that many Sheriffs and LEOa across the U.S. are issuing the same warnings, i.e., prepare to defend yourself and your loved ones? Do they know about an imminent something just over the horizon?

    • With the left ratcheting up gun confiscation I would say you’re on the money there. Choices are shrinking, it may shortly come to either taking them out or them taking you out.

  5. When I read of the proverty and crumbling infrastructure in an American community . . . and yet we still have millions to spend on people who are not US citizens. I swear I could bust an aneurism. This is so gross.

    I do agree, all citizens need to prepare to take care of themselves, and their family members . . . do not depend on the government to take care of you. That thinking should be left for the foolish at heart!

  6. Why don’t they grow marijuana and sell it?

    • Matt, that’s not the answer, coal industry has been dwindling for several decades, young people leave for a better life. There are not enough resources to train the ones staying and the area itself is not developed to house industries, some areas die out and it is very hard for folks to leave the place they’ve known since they were born, it is sad but just like the area folks die too, and the youngsters move on.

  7. Steven Broiles

    Yes, Barack Obama, the Giant Slayer of Coal, is largely responsible for this sad state of affairs. But so is the whole of Congress, corporately, for its neglect. This is a perfect example of destroying a town or county by economic strangulation, and the Elites are as pleased as punched to deliver the death blow; They savor with delight the slow decline of towns and counties like Martin.

    And WHERE, PRAY TELL, is Senator Rand Paul in all of this? Apparently, Sen. Paul considers stopping Trump’s declaration of emergency a more important priority than some of the people in his own state! Mr. Senator: We know the Democrats are INSANE, but does that mean you have to join them—or be in the general vicinity of their vile intestinal gas?!?!

    Let Martin County serve as an example to the rest of America: This is planned for all of US, too!

  8. Hawaii is owned by China, any questions?

  9. As Obama promised…and the sheeple didn’t listen:

  10. Recynd77 – 👍🏻
    You’re right, we’re doomed! However, your life is about to improve dramatically with that new bed! Cheers! ☺️

  11. Most if not all of these problems are created by a government out of control. We need a purge amendment to the constitution. Every so many years anybody and everybody in elected positions would be removed from office and never be allowed to hold office again. A whole new slate of legislators would be elected, none of which would have ever held an elected office. Before being eligible for election they would be required to read, understand and pass a test on the content of the Constitution and Federalist papers. Actually, this should be required reading for ALL Americans


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