March 26, 2018

N. Carolina Sheriff Candidate: ‘Okay,’ We’ll Pry Your Guns From Your ‘Cold Dead Hands’

In Asheville, North Carolina, local TV stations and the Gannett-affiliated Citizen Times gave wall-to-wall coverage to the city’s version of Saturday’s March For Our Lives. Somehow, though, they haven’t found the time or energy in almost three weeks to report a March 7 comment by a Democratic candidate for county sheriff who said that prying guns out of owners’ “cold dead hands” would be “okay.”

R. Daryl Fisher is one of several declared candidates for sheriff in Buncombe County’s May 8 Democratic primary. The county’s current sheriff, a three-term Democrat, is retiring after an overwhelming 2014 reelection victory. Hillary Clinton carried the county by 14 points in 2016.

Fisher may not to be a fringe candidate by county standards. He is certainly not fringe by the standards of his March 7 audience, which frequently applauded and cheered as he recited a litany of guns and accessories he’d like to ban. The crowd’s reactions make the following video excerpts all the more alarming.

The first two snips identify Fisher as determined to outlaw many varieties of weapons. He also treats the idea of taking guns from people who would rather die than give up their human right of self-defense as a laughing matter (a fuller, 5-1/2 minute segment is here):


(Snip 1)

R. DARYL FISHER: I would like to see the age for the purchase of any firearm raised to 21. I just think that makes common sense. (Applause)

I think that we should ban the sale of all high-capacity magazines (applause), including handguns and long guns. (Applause)

I think we need to ban the sale of any mechanism which will allow a firearm to fire in rapid succession. (Long applause)

(Snip 2)

FISHER: Now to answer your question, how far do we go?

Any weapon that’s designed for use by the military, I think we should ban. (Long applause)

To answer the question, what about the people that already have weapons. Well, I’m gonna tell you now, don’t buy into the scare tactics. Don’t believe the scare tactics, because you’ve heard people say, “You’ll have to pry my gun from my cold, dead hands.”

(Shrugs) Okay. (Applause and laughter)

Whenever you pass away, we’ll come and get it.(unintelligible) … I’m sayin’.

In the next two snips, after recalling unsuccessful area gun buyback programs, Fisher advocates … a gun buyback program, “paid for” with drug forfeiture money:


(Snip 3)

FISHER: If I’m successful at becoming sheriff, one program that I will do is I want to have regular gun buyback programs. (Loud applause)

Where’s that money gonna come from?

(Snip 4)

FISHER: To conduct those buyback programs, I think we can use drug forfeiture money. That way it’s not taxpayer money. It’s money that we’ve gotten from folks with property from the sale of these illegal drugs to our kids.

Fisher must not have been bothered by the tone of his comments, because he didn’t address them until late Saturday night when the national blowback began. Now he wants to limit the damage to his “joke”:

There is one statement that many up to now have taken offense to.

… I admit the joke was a mistake and I should not have joked. But I go on to relay that the government cannot take away any guns or any items that were legally sold before any new laws take effect.

What’s offensive is far more than “one statement.” Fisher is fortunate so far that his “joke” is getting almost all of the attention. The litany of weapons he would ban is far more troubling.

Additionally, anyone who has followed Democrats’ and the left’s obsession with gun control knows that many of them would like nothing better than to confiscate citizens’ guns, and that a few political jurisdictions have taken steps in that direction.

R. Daryl Fisher’s “joke” and his desire to ban a large variety of firearms had to be eventually discovered by others because the Asheville press wouldn’t report what happened right under their noses. In the old days, that would have been considered disgraceful journalism and cause for editors to wonder what their reporters have been doing. But these days, sometimes even moreso at the local level than nationally, the left’s agenda filter determines what gets covered, and what doesn’t.

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