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Former Arizona Sheriff on Rancher Stand-Off: ‘Women Should be Shot First’

Former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack said that if the federal government’s stand-off with rancher Cliven Bundy and his heavily armed supporters turns violent, women should be on the front line of the fight.

Speaking to radio show host Ben Swann on Monday, Mack expressed his own support for the rancher, who is currently in a squabble with the federal government about federal lands and grazing rights, and said the protesters have strategized to put women up-front if things turn ugly.

“If they’re going to start killing people, I’m sorry, but to show the world how ruthless these people are, women needed to be the first ones shot,” Mack said, stressing his tactical ploy would make the federal government look bad.

He then said that if  he would definitely push his wife and daughters into the line of fire and he would not be afraid to die either.

“I would have put my own wife or daughters there, and I would have been screaming bloody murder to watch them die. I would gone next, I would have been the next one to be killed,” the former sheriff explained. “I’m not afraid to die here. I’m willing to die here.”

Admitting that the plan sounds “horrible,” Mack said that his strategy would ultimately be a win-win for the rancher and his supporters because the federal government would only have the option of shooting or backing down.

“But the best ploy would be to have had women at the front. Because, one, I don’t think they would have shot them,” he stressed.  “And, two, if they had, it would have been the worst thing that we could have shown to the rest of the world, that these ruthless cowards hired by the federal government will do anything.”

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