29 Jan 2016

"Everybody in Maine, we have constitutional carry. Load up and get rid of the drug dealers,” Gov. LePage said.

Governor Paul LePage is taking aim at drug dealers in Maine.

"Everybody in Maine, we have Constitutional Carry. Load up and get rid of the drug dealers,” Gov. LePage said.

A day after suggesting Maine should bring back public executions and "guillotines" to get rid of drug dealers, Wednesday brought more tough talk, but he denies he's encouraging vigilante justice.

"Where's the outrage?  Let's get mad.  Let's stop it,” Gov. LePage said.

Gov. LePage has been doing a lot of talking the past two days about harsher penalties for out-of-state drug dealers.

"Would you like to see the death penalty for drug dealers?" CBS 13 Reporter Brad Rogers asked.

"Yes, absolutely,” Gov. LePage replied.

On Tuesday, the governor joked about public executions with a guillotine. "What I think we ought to do is bring the guillotine back,” Gov. LePage said. "It was a joke, yes."

Mike Shapiro says he got the joke. "I absolutely love the guillotine statement,” Shapiro said. “I thought that was, you know, for him it was cute. He meant it as being cute.  But I don't want to expound any more on that."

But Bates College student Anabel Carter isn't laughing. "Drug dealers should be punished as other people are,” Carter said.

On Wednesday, the governor took his tough talk a step further. 

"Everybody in Maine, we have constitutional carry. Load up and get rid of the drug dealers,” Gov. LePage said. “Because folks, they're killing our kids."

"Governor, you're not suggesting a vigilante type of justice here?" a reporter asked.

"No sir," Gov. LePage replied.

The governor says he wants to increase the penalty for drug dealers, convicted of providing a deadly dose of drugs, to 20 years to life.

"I know of a man and woman that died in the same night from the drugs they bought from one dealer.  Two homicides, I consider those two homicides,” Gov. LePage said.


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