After three mass shootings in America, there has been a level of heightening security at public locations. However, the president of the National Rifle Association is paying off-duty Cobb County sheriff’s deputies to provide around-the-clock protection of her home.
AJC reports; Carolyn Meadows, an East Cobb resident, now has at least one deputy continuously stationed outside her home in the wake of two mass shootings that left dozens of people dead in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
Glenn Daniel, a spokesman with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed the information, adding the deputies are working a “part-time detail on behalf of the home/property owner.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked Daniel how many deputies were hired by Meadows, but he said the agency would not release that information “due to officer safety.”
WSBTV Cobb County Bureau Chief Chris Jose that the group’s head of security called the Sheriff’s Office in response to the mass shootings over the weekend.
Jose stopped by Carolyn Meadows’ east Cobb County home Wednesday and saw a Cobb County patrol car parked in front of it. Cobb County Republican Party Chairman Jason Shepherd told Jose that he immediately contacted Meadows after he learned about potential threats in the wake of the mass shootings.
It is unclear why Meadows had obtained the security personnel, and whether she or the NRA were paying for the detail. All efforts, from media to reach Meadows were unsuccessful, while officials from the NRA did not return messages with further details or reaction to reports of the deputies’ hire.
Internationally, notices have been sent out to potential travelers, warning them of potential gun violence towards minorities, avoid crowded areas, and to exercise increased caution.
Sources:Kristal Dixon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Chris Jose WSBTV Atlanta