Politician says okay to aim, shoot guns at police in self-defense

The state of Nevada’s largest union representing law enforcement officers at the local and state levels blasted State Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, an avowed conservative Republican for her calling citizens to use deadly physical force against police officers, sheriffs’ deputies and other public safety officials if the police — without reasonable suspicion — point their service weapons first.

Writing in a letter sent directly to the lawmaker, the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers’ executive director, Rick McCann wrote: “Ms. Fiore, we no longer see you as a passionate advocate for your Second Amendment rights, which we support. Rather, these comments were utterly irresponsible, an embarrassment to your District and our State, and they continue to demonstrate why you are unqualified to hold the position of United States Congresswoman.”

Michele Fiore (1)Assemblywoman Fiore is currently seeking the GOP’s nomination for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. While obviously laying the groundwork for her campaign, she said that the people’s right to self-defense includes citizens who are legally armed also being legally empowered to aim their firearm at a person or persons who aim guns at them, even in the case of a law enforcement officer threatening them with a gun.

During an interview with a local TV station last Sunday, Fiore attacked President Barack Obama’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as “a bureaucrat agency of terrorism.”  That agency has been wrapped in controversy when it revealed it possessed a special, heavily-armed strike team that was dispatched to privately-owned land or farms for alleged violations.

During a live television interview, KLAS TV news anchor Steve Sebelius asked Fiore if she believes the Second Amendment grants citizens the right to point a weapon at a “duly authorized law enforcement officer who is just out there doing his job.”

Without hesitation, she stated that self-defense includes the right to aim back at anyone who points a gun at you first — and to put your own life ahead of theirs.

“I would never ever point my firearm at anyone, including an officer of the law, unless they pointed their firearm at me,” Fiore explained.

But, the assemblywoman continued, “once you point your firearm at me, I’m sorry, then it becomes self-defense. Whether you’re a stranger, a bad guy, or an officer, and you point your gun at me and you’re gonna shoot me and I have to decide whether it’s my life or your life, I choose my life.”

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Jim Kouri is a member of the Board of Advisors and a former vice president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in Florida in May 1967. The Association was organized for educational and charitable activities for law enforcement officers in command ranks and supervisory agents of state & federal law enforcement agencies as well as leaders in the private security sector. NACOP also provides funding to small departments, officers and the families of those officers paralyzed and disabled in the line of duty.

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