R. Daryl Fisher is a Democrat who is campaigning for the office of sheriff in Buncombe County, North Carolina. In a recent speech to constituents, he told his listeners the sorts of gun control measures he wants to see. The video shows that many of his listeners were women. He says in the video, “You've heard people say, 'You'll have to pry my gun from my cold, dead hands,' OK.” His comments were met with laughter and cheers from the audience.

The phrase “from my cold, dead hands” has long been associated with famed actor and former National Rifle Association president Charlton Heston and has been popular among gun owners and NRA members. 

Fisher’s plans for gun control include:

  • Raising the age limit to buy any type of firearm to 21 years of age.
  • Banning the sale of “high-capacity” magazines.
  • Banning any “mechanism” that will allow firing in rapid succession. This may be a reference to so-called “bump stocks” that allow certain semi-automatic rifles to fire at nearly automatic rates.
  • Banning any military-style firearms.

“Any weapon that is designed for use by the military, I don’t think you should have,” Fisher says in the video. 

In the video, Fisher added that as sheriff, if elected, he will ensure that schools in his jurisdiction will cooperate with law enforcement to prepare for potential shooter scenarios. 

Fisher is a resident Black Mountain, North Carolina, and has worked as the law enforcement training director at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College. He announced his candidacy in June 2017 after incumbent sheriff Van Duncan announced his retirement. With a campaign he has labeled “Justice For All,” Fisher said in a letter to constituents that law and order should prevail. “For anyone committing a serious crime or crime against another person, a complete and thorough investigation is needed to seek prosecution to the fullest extent of that the law allows,” he said. “This especially includes domestic violence offenses.” He has been in law enforcement since 1985.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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