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Gun legislation Sheriff’s job is to enforce the law of the land

Posted on May. 6, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May. 6, 2013 at 7:38 p.m.

So, Elkhart County Sheriff Bradley Rogers says he will not enforce future “infringements” on the right to bear arms. Isn’t that his job — to enforce the laws of the land? He says gun legislation is not the way to control gun violence, yet neither he nor U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski offer any real plan of their own. And, who ever said anything about gun confiscation? Do background checks involve confiscating guns? Did any of the proposed laws involve the confiscation of guns? The proposed bans on assault rifles and ammunition clips did not involve taking any such items away from current owners.

In my opinion, Walorski, Bradley and the audience they are pandering to are no better than the deluded conspiracy nuts who populate the Web — the people who say that Newtown was staged by the government as an excuse to take people’s guns away. What’s the difference between encouraging fantasies like this and telling people that anti-gun laws will result in the physical confiscation of their guns? It’s simply not true.

Fanning the flames of irrational fear, ignorance and paranoia is no way to solve a real problem. Since Newtown, there have been more than 2,000 gun-related deaths in the U.S.

David S. Moore


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