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Southern Oklahoma Sheriffs Call On Residents To Arm Themselves Against Terrorist Threats

Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony's Dec. 14, 2015 letter to residents.

Rural Oklahoma sheriffs are urging residents to arm themselves against potential attacks from "radical Islam."

In a letter posted to social media Monday, Sheriff Milton Anthony evoked a phrase from the Oath of Allegiance for new U.S. citizens and the Uniformed Services Oath of Office as he urged Carter County to exercise their Second Amendment rights and legally obtain a permit to carry a handgun.

“Times are changing and we live in a more violent world,” Anthony wrote. “It may come a time that you as citizens may be called upon to help defend the citizens of this country against all enemies foreign and domestic that want to do us harm or kill us.”

The sheriff says in the letter he's not trying to scare citizens, but, “ the attacks are real.”

Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney posted a similar message on Facebook a week ago, and also referenced the 2013 death of Christopher Lane, an Australian baseball player shot to death while jogging in Duncan.

“Our county is small in numbers and I feel that we are unlikely to be targeted by these evil people,” McKinney wrote. “However, over the last few years the citizens of Stephens County has seen the evil committed by criminals in our communities.”

Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney's Dec. 7, 2015 letter to residents.
Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney's Dec. 7, 2015 letter to residents.

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Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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