Letter to the Editor: Sheriff’s Second Amendment Sanctuary Pursuit Makes His Performance Less Honorable

Letter to the Editor: Sheriff’s Second Amendment Sanctuary Pursuit Makes His Performance Less Honorable

Letters to the editor can be submitted to letters@chronline.com. I find it increasingly disturbing when public officials, especially those in law enforcement, decide on the strength of their own beliefs or convictions, they are not going to follow or enforce the laws enacted by the legislature and voted into law by a majority of the voters. Questioning constitutionality of laws is acceptable when processed through the judicial system as explicitly enshrined in the Constitution of the United States and those of each state. Why should the people tolerate or accept public officials who (not likely constitutional scholars) violate their oath of office, exceeding the scope of their duties and responsibilities, by volitionally choosing which laws they will enforce, which they will not enforce or upon whom they will enforce the laws. I worked in law enforcement for 36 years for one of the largest sheriff’s departments in Southern California. I was a deputy for 10 years and a sergeant for 26 years, working the streets on patrol at seven different sheriff’s stations for 30 of those years. I’ve seen an abundance of the horror, pain, harm, injury and death of gun-related crimes and the negligence of gun owners. I was a school sergeant for three and a half years during the time of the Columbine mass murders, and my school deputies thwarted several gun violence incidents at schools in the years that followed. I’ve seen several colleagues killed by guns and brazen crimes committed with high capacity magazines in […]

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