Should law enforcement officers have a sense of humor? It isn’t the first character trait most look for from the local police. Yet one backwoods sheriff is getting a reputation for his sarcasm. He’s been using the country welcome sign to advise visitors of the lay of the land, and the latest message has raised some eyebrows.
The sign welcoming newcomers to Harris Country, Georgia now reads “if you kill someone, we might kill you back.”
Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley hung up the sign Tuesday. And Sheriff Jolley isn’t talking about his deputies.
“Our citizens have concealed weapons,” the sign reads. “If you kill someone, we might kill you back. We have ONE jail and 356 cemeteries. Enjoy your stay!”
Jolley says he footed the bill for the new sign, and he means for it to be “tongue-in-cheek.” Even so, the message isn’t lost on locals.
“It’s a way to say people in this county have a second amendment right and if someone uses a weapon, they’re likely in danger,” he told Patch. “Don’t do anything crazy. We’re likely to shoot back.”
The photo of the sign has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook this week. Jolley told the Ledger-Enquirer newspaper that the reaction was “98 or 99% supportive.”
“I think the sign speaks for itself,” he told Patch. “Citizens here have weapons and that’s legal. We’ve seen an increase in weapons sales. The citizens have a legal right to protect themselves and their property. If you come into our county and kill someone, you might get killed back. Weapons are a tool. They’re not intended for someone to use in a criminal act.”
This isn’t the first time Jolley has gotten national attention for his signage. Back in 2015, he hung up a sign that read: “WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you … LEAVE!”