Letter to the Editor: Jasper County state's attorney: The Second Amendment Question

Letter to the Editor: Jasper County state’s attorney: The Second Amendment Question

Gun Rights

Jasper County concerned citizens, there is no doubt that our nation and state have become highly polarized politically regarding the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Second Amendment provides: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Section 22 of Article I of the Illinois Constitution provides: “Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." The United States Supreme Court in a number of cases has interpreted and upheld that right. When I was elected State’s Attorney, I swore an oath: “I do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of state’s attorney according to the best of my ability." I also must comply with the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct. Those rules tell me, “the duty of a public prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict." A prosecutor serves the public and NOT any government agency. The decision to file formal charges in a criminal matter is the responsibility of the prosecutor. State’s Attorneys and police officers are entrusted with discretion in carrying out their authority of enforcing criminal laws by taking into consideration various factors such as harm, public impact, available resources, and justice. It is an […]

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