Speaking to a gun group recently, New Jersey State Senate TEApublican candidate Sheriff Frank Balles advised his audience that if his opponent came to their door, they should go and get their gun.
Sheriff Balles was speaking to the New Jersey Second Amendment Society on October 7th when he said of State Senator Jim Whelan (D) and his assurance that he does not want to take away all guns, “When someone’s been elected for 30 years and he comes knocking on your door and tells you, ‘Listen, this is what I want to do to help you,’ quickly close your door, go inside.”
When someone in the audience yelled, “And get your gun,” Balles laughed and replied, “And get your gun.”
Justin Myers, executive director of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee upon hearing Balles’ remarks said, “Encouraging violence toward any elected official is bad enough, but when it comes from the head of a law enforcement agency, it’s absolutely reprehensible.”
Pointing to the attack on Democratic congresswoman Gabby Giffords of Arizona who was the subject of one of Sarah Palin’s “cross hairs” posts as an example of the sort of thing that this rhetoric might lead to, Myers said, “Not only does Frank Balles not belong in the legislature, he has disgraced his uniform and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department and should hand in his badge immediately.”
We can only hope that the people of New Jersey agree with him.
Mr. Myers is also right on target when he says that Sheriff Balles is not of the proper mindset for a law enforcement officer, and certainly not the head law enforcement officer in his jurisdiction.
Listen to Sheriff Balles’ remarks in the video below: