Gun rally Sheriff Brad Rogers’ stance is disgraceful and unconstitutional

    Shari Mellin writes about Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers's stance on gun issues.
    Posted on May 15, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 15, 2013 at 5:36 p.m.

    Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers, speaking recently at a Republican Party rally, stated he would not enforce laws he views as “anti-gun legislation.” Perhaps he doesn’t understand that his job as an elected official is to enforce all laws, not only those he likes. Or maybe he was just trying to garner support among voters for the next election. Either way, his stance is disgraceful — and, I might add, unconstitutional.

    In fact, the proposed federal law (which was voted down in the Senate) called only for the expansion of background checks, which seems reasonable. The law said nothing about taking away anyone’s guns. If you are a responsible gun owner, why would it bother you that every gun sale involved a background check? Surely we would all be safer if guns were kept out of the hands of convicted felons, suspected terrorists and mentally ill sociopaths.

    Shari Mellin


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