"Liberals call me and tell me the chain-gang form of justice isn't working. Well, let me inform you, your form of justice isn't working either."Some will be tempted to scold Sheriff Wright for these remarks, on the grounds that preventing crime is his job. I am of course not inclined to agree, because the defense of the common peace and lawful order is all of our jobs. It is the right and the duty of every citizen to defend that peace and order.
"I want you to get a concealed weapons permit."
"I'm tired of looking at victims saying, 'There's life after this' … I'm tired of saying, 'We're sorry, we can't keep them in jail.'"
Wright seems to suggest that we face a double threat to that peace and order. The predators are not the only threat, and perhaps not the main threat, from Wright's perspective. What he's really angry about is the oversight that the justice system places on his enforcement of the law. That is, he's mad that violent criminals he catches are being turned loose -- and he wishes that we could avoid the system by just having the civilians do what he can't do, which is shoot the criminal dead in the first place.
We didn't think much of the idea of the police passing off to citizens unconstitutional searches, so we might be suspicious of attempts to pass the whole process from trial to conviction to execution. We might, except that a violent criminal engaged in his crime has little reference to any claim to privacy as related to his actions. The laws of the fifty states differ on whether they endorse a lethal response -- I don't know about South Carolina, but Georgia certainly endorses lethal force in order to prevent death or grievous bodily harm being caused by a criminal to an innocent. Thus, the sheriff isn't asking anyone to do anything illegal or improper (which law he would then decline to enforce); he's asking people to do what the law permits them to do, for the common good.
Our system of justice faces several severe threats, and at least two of them are internal -- I mean the explosion of laws and regulations governing individual behavior, so that we can no longer reasonably be expected to understand the law, and the removal of mens rea from a number of these new laws and regulations.
I'm not sure how sympathetic I am with Sheriff Wright's claim that it's too hard to keep people in jail: we seem to have a very large prison population, if that is indeed a difficulty. I do believe that it is important for citizens to be prepared to do their duty for the common peace and lawful order -- at least if we understand "the lawful order" to mean something like "the reasonable and traditional laws of the land" and not "every last rule or regulation someone thought up and slapped through an unaccountable Federal bureaucracy, or that Congress passed unread." I am certainly sympathetic with the claim that rapists ought to be shot, and that the common good is advanced every time one is killed in the pursuit of his evils.