Sheriff Margaret Mims joined me in studio for the first hour. We discussed the jail issue right off the bat. Mims gave the history of the closures and openings of floors on the jail.
We also talked about the Madera pharmacist. The sheriff agrees that it was a righteous shooting. She also says it is allowable to possess a legal firearm at your business at your home or business without a permit.
We took comments from callers. The sheriff notes the importance of gun training for proper use and increased confidence.
A caller asked Mims' future political plans. She isn't looking beyond fulfilling her term as sheriff (another two years).
Is bullying to blame for the school shooting at Taft High School? Do bullies need to be aware that the subjects of their abuse may snap and get a gun? Are the actions of the shooter justified?
Our listeners called in with their bullying experiences, including one female who said she was stabbed. No one shot their bully. Their experiences still sting today. Parents need to watch the signs. One caller says it's the parents job to talk with the kids, not the school's.
How about this for protecting our schools- making sure there is an armed guard there. Many politicians are discussing making this idea mandatory. There are many military police who have returned home. Let's deputize them and put them on school grounds.
Bryan Lee joined us on the program. He is the Madera pharmacy worker who shot and killed a would-be robber earlier this week. He said it was a day like any other day. He closed down the pharmacy and locked the doors. He stuck around to help a customer coming in after hours. That's when two men came in quietly.
Bryan didn't even realize it until they started shooting. They shot his mother.
This is not the first robbery Bryan experienced, but this is the first where the bad guys shot first without warning.
The show wrapped up previewing tomorrow night's 49ers-Packers playoff game.