A Sheriff in Georgia put up a sign letting visitors to his county know that citizens there have concealed weapons, and would use them to defend themselves.
Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley is credited with the sign, which reads, “Our citizens have concealed weapons. If you kill someone, we might kill you back. We have ONE jail and 356 cemeteries. Enjoy your stay!” according to Fox News.
— Nick Short ?? (@PoliticalShort) April 6, 2018
Jolley paid to have the sign made and installed it near his headquarters. In 2015, he also paid to have a sign made. That sign was lauded as “the most politically incorrect sign in America,” according to The Daily Caller.
That sign, which cost him $553 to make, read “WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you… LEAVE!” according to the Caller.
On his Facebook page, Jolley shared a post with a photo of another sign, which appears to be in the same location near his headquarters. It reads, “This office fights against discrimination in all forms, but we stand for the flag and kneel to pray.” The photo was posted by a local resident in October 2017 but shared by Jolley just recently.
Jolley told The Washington Post that he changes the sign about every eight months and that he pays for all of them himself. He also said the response to the most recent sign has been “99.9 percent positive.”
Jolley doesn’t mind the controversy that comes with the messages he put out there. “Fox & Friends” interviewed him about the 2015 sign.
“I spent 20 years in the Army to give everyone the right to disagree with me or anyone else,” Jolley said in that interview. “Hopefully, if they disagree, they can voice that opinion. But if it offends them, truly offends them, maybe they’re in the wrong country.”
He told “Fox & Friends” that nobody decided to move because of the sign, but instead, more people have expressed interest in moving into the county. He has also received money in support of the sign, and residents have wanted to put the message on shirts and yard signs.
“I’ve been in office a long time,” Jolley told the Post, “so I like to stir the pot.”