Larimer County Sheriff on Gun Control: “I Will Not Allow Unconstitutional Proposals to Stand.”
The debate over gun control in this country has heated up considerably in light of the shooting tragedies in Newtown, Conn. and Aurora. Now that President Obama has outlined his $500 million plan for tighter gun laws, one of our own local sheriffs has made his stance on the issue clear.
Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith published a letter on Facebook Wednesday, saying that he will not support, nor enforce, gun control laws that he deems unconstitutional.
Smith states in his letter that he feels certain gun control proposals infringe on the Second Amendment, as well as the Bill of Rights; and he says rights surrounding guns are just as important as the other rights to which Americans are entitled.
We must understand that while we are talking about the Right to keep and bear arms today, we could just as easily be talking about the Right to lawfully assemble and petition our government, the Right to free speech, the Right to worship freely, the Right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure or any of our other Rights. They all have to be defended without fail.
I honestly don't know where to stand on this one. On one hand, I want citizens' rights to be upheld; but on the other hand, the death toll from gun violence just makes me sick.
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