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DENTON COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – In the wake of the attack at England’s Manchester Arena, strong reactions from one local leader have surfaced.
Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree took to Facebook to express his thoughts on the deadly terrorist attack that killed at least 22 people and injured 59 Monday night.
“I’ve never shied away from telling you my beliefs or how I feel about things. I’m not politically correct,” Murphree told CBS11
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Sheriff Murphree’s statement reads in part, “This is what happens when you disarm your citizens. When you open your borders without the proper vetting”. Murphree also urges America to “wake up.”
Murphree writes on Facebook, “Pay attention to what you see in Manchester England tonight. Pay attention to what is happening in Europe. This is what happens when you disarm your citizens. When you open your borders without the proper vetting. When you allow political correctness to dictate how you respond to an enemy that wants to kill you.”
Sheriff Murphree adds, “When you allow these radicals to travel to Afghanistan and Iran and simply let them back in. When you give up your city’s and your neighborhoods to a religious ideology that says you must convert or die. A ideology that treats women as property, kills gays and women and Christians [sic] with complete impunity.”
Turning his frustration at the American politicians, Murphree writes, ” The left tells us we must submit and accept these radical beliefs and bend over backwards to make sure we don’t hurt anybody’s feelings. The left wants to cater to the very group that would kill every group they claim to support. Folks this is an enemy hell bent on killing you. Committed to forcing you to convert or die. This enemy will strap bombs to their own body and blow themselves up killing children.”
He adds, “I’m sick of it. You better wake up America. While you are distracted by the media and the crying of the left, Islamic Jihadist are among us and want to kill you. What will it take? This happening at a concert in Dallas or a school in Denton County? If we don’t do something quick this country will die of political correctness and the fear that someone’s feelings may be hurt. It may very well be to late for Europe.”
When contacted later Tuesday by 1080 KRLD’s Cameron Fairchild, Murphree, despite receiving some criticism, didn’t back down from what he had written on Facebook.
“I’m just sick and tired of kids dying around the world. When you’re chastised and called names because you use the words radical Islamic terrorism. It baffles me. when I made that post I thought everyone knew that radical Islamic terrorism was a problem in the world.”
At the time of Murphree’s post, nothing was known about the person behind the attack… only that he was a suspected suicide bomber.
ISIS hadn’t even taken responsibility for the attack until Tuesday morning.
Many details about the bomber and and his link to ISIS are still unknown.
Denton resident Heath Mitchell said regarding the Sheriff’s comments, “He probably needs to get this facts straight a little bit more before he makes comments like that.”
“I’m an elected official. I ran on a conservative, republican platform, so I don’t think it should be any surprise to anyone,” Murphree told CBS11.
The sheriff had plenty of support online, with more than 1,000 likes.
His Facebook critics also called him out for another controversial comment Murphree made.
In 2016, when he was a candidate for the sheriff, he said transgender men who identify as women and use the women’s bathroom should end up in the hospital. A comment he later apologized for.
Murphree said voters in Denton are the only ones he has to answer to.