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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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  • Kristal Wheeler-Gamble

    Fucking nuts!!!!

  • Maleka Giovinco

    test the government if you want….

    • sls_19

      I say vote and make sure your representatives do what they say they will….other wise follow the laws of the land!

  • quiver366

    wow and HE is a sheriff????? I bet he’s a’ Christian” too..

    • sls_19

      I don’t know if he’s a “Christian” what I do know is that he is a Coward!

  • Truthforme

    The ruthless cowards hired by the government?, how about the ruthless
    cowards breaking the law and using their wives and daughters as shields.

    • tr60

      Using their wives and daughters as sacrificial lambs…

    • sls_19

      Seriously…these ranchers are COWARDS it’s not just women they want to put in the front lines it’s their own (civilian) wives and daughters! My father…No actually any man, young or old, that I know (father, husband, brother, son, son-in-law, nephew, grandson) would never think about doing this let alone announce it to the world!

  • colleen2

    Notice how this man believes the lives of his wife and daughters are his to sacrifice for a publicity stunt? How stupid does a woman have to be to vote for Republicans, much less marry one. Worst men ever.

    • diablodejalisco

      pretty stupid. they are not too smart.

  • sysprog

    Talk about ‘cowards’. You would push your wife and daughters to the FRONT to defend a scofflaw that has been ‘warned’ for over 20 years that he is BREAKING THE LAW? While OTHER ranchers are paying the grazing fees? WHAT A MAN.

  • Daniel Postellon

    Just cut all the federal water supply projects to this area of the state, then confiscate Bundy’s bank accounts.

  • connlyfox

    Real men never sacrifice a woman or children in a fight, they put themselves first. I believe the country would see it as it was, just like waco, cowards get the women and children killed to protect themselves. Even in this case it would have been seen the same way, cowards protecting themselves with women and children, during Waco the Goverment went thru everything they could to save the women and children they could save and that is what happened here! Bundy just rings a bell of someone who was a famous criminal either in a movie or really in history!

    • diablodejalisco

      these are not real men. they are conservatives.

    • starsandbars56

      Yeah, you keep believing the Government did everything they could to save lives!

  • andacar

    What a uniquely psychopathic way to look at the “big picture.”

  • William Carr

    It’s good to see the insane can’t keep their mouths shut.

    IN REAL LIFE, the Bureau of Land Management dropped back and will renew the legal attack.

    They’ll fine the bastard until they can seize his assets for non-payment and sell his property out from under him.

    • diablodejalisco

      good, they should.

  • diablodejalisco

    why is this rancher not in jail? they need to arrest him. too many nuts in this country that think they dont have to follow the rules just because they have money.

  • Jim Spillane

    Mack, nothing but a former Arizona Koch sucker! Die you piece of mierda!

  • Marsha Rupe

    This “sheriff” is sworn to uphold the law, yet he supports those who violate the law and is willing to get women killed to embarrass the government. He should be removed from office immediately.

  • Tony Anzalone

    This is satire right?

  • skiyes69

    It take a certain amount of brains to breath, how in HELL is he still alive??? I’m thinking, if this A O is married with kids, she kicked his ass out right after he said that shit.

    • tiedtotheair2

      Unfortunately Skiyes69, it doesn’t. Because if it did their would be no crazy extremists in the first place.

  • I agree that this guy is an idiot. However, he is a *former* sheriff, not currently in that office (hopefully the electorate was wise enough to fire him). Please refer to the headline…

  • moose

    I guess this guy would know “RUTHLESS COWARDS” as he and his “patriotic terrorists” friends are the definition of the words. What MAN would sacrifice his wife and children for a LAW BREAKER? The world would not had looked at law enforcement as he thinks they would. Outside the world of the gun toting, bigoted, warped right wing zealots, the real world knows and despises he and the BS he proclaims to represent.

  • John DeWitt

    So, CSPOA’s Sheriff John Mack is the object of liberal-lefty and
    faux-conservative taunts for his suggestion that women be placed in front of the lines of any force defending against a federal assault on the Bundy Ranch. I don’t know why Sheriff Mack thinks such a tactic would be all that effective, or why his critics find it to be all that controversial, since the federal government has long demonstrated that it has no qualms about taking the lives of innocent women and children. Exhibits in evidence:

    A) Wounded Knee;

    B) Vicky Weaver at Ruby Ridge;

    C) Waco.

    • tiedtotheair2

      And you crazy pseudo-christian racist red neck extremists never had a qualm about enslaving an entire race of people, attempting to annihilate an entire race of people, lynching, raping and beating people because of their race, religion, sex and sexual orientation. You have a lot of nerve talking about what qualms the government has. The government IS the people you idiot. This hillbilly scum is the epitome of a coward. And your insane anti-American views and deeds make you all traitors to this country. All of you disgust me. I have absolutely no doubt that you and all your crazy right-wing supremacist extremist friends will have a special place in hell because God would NEVER condone the atrocities you’ve committed and the pure evil hatred in your hearts. Now excuse me while I go wash my hands. I feel unclean even having to address you.

      • John DeWitt

        Nice rant. Be sure to inform your therapist about it.

  • Kenneth Jordan

    What an incredibly stupid statement by Sheriff Mack

  • thomasbone63

    If his wife had a brain, she would have left his ass right at the conclusion of that stupid interview.

  • tiedtotheair2

    Not often I’m rendered speechless…

  • tiedtotheair2

    Ok. That (speechless) didn’t last long. I say that should have arrested all of them and if the ranchers had resisted then they should have treated them like they treat any person that resists arrest. Beat the living crap out them like they were Rodney King… including the stupid bwitches that are too ignorant, stupid, passive and dumb to realize their husbands are freaking NUTS!.

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  • Vikki Schmitt

    People end up dead every day disobeying the law. Why even have laws if they aren’t going to be enforced? If this country gets too much further out of control its going to be the govt’s fault for letting these criminals take over.

  • Marion Miranda-Keane

    This idiot and his kind are cowards, take away their guns and they will run for the hills.Just like the captain of the boat that went down in south korea, when the shit hits the fan the cowards are the first to run!