Sheriff’s statement

By From page A7 | February 01, 2013


In his letter to Vice President Joe Biden, Sheriff John D’Agostini stated that he would not be “pressured into enforcing any unconstitutional provision, law or executive order” regarding gun control. He goes on to point out that gun control had been tried but didn’t work, saying, “Gun control is not a fix.”

It sounds like the sheriff is appointing himself to be the arbiter of what’s constitutional and what isn’t. Shouldn’t he perhaps wait for the Supreme Court to decide constitutionality before he makes a statement about what laws or orders he will uphold or disobey? I don’t see any Supreme Court justices riding around El Dorado County executing DUI stops, so maybe the sheriff should step down off their judicial bench.

His belief that gun control has been tried and doesn’t work, besides being the NRA mantra, is also illogical. Wouldn’t his job be easier and the citizens of El Dorado County be safer if there were controls that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals? The first nail you hammer when building a house doesn’t complete the house, so should you stop hammering altogether? It is said that it took Thomas Edison around 10,000 attempts before he came up with a light bulb that worked. If he had stopped at 9,999, many Mountain Democrat readers would have difficulty reading this after sundown.

Pollock Pines

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