Sheriff: ‘Gun control is not a fix’

By From page A5 | January 25, 2013

In a letter to Vice President Joe Biden, El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini declared that he will not “be pressured into enforcing any unconstitutional provision, law or executive order” when it comes to gun control.

“Gun control is not a fix,” D’Agostini told the Mountain Democrat on Jan. 22. “The fix is dealing with mental illness and antisocial behavior.” The Sheriff also mentioned these in his letter, noting that if communities were able to keep criminals out and the treatment for the mentally ill was expanded, America would “experience an immensely measurable decrease in violent crime.” He closed the letter with, “My agency will continue to support and defend the constitutional rights of all we serve, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”

D’Agostini pointed out that gun control had been tried but didn’t work. “An armed society is a safe society,” he said, expanding on his letter.

The Second Amendment is not the only part of the Constitution under threat, he said, but also the Fourth and Fifth if the government were to “collect and ban and confiscate” firearms.


Cole Mayer

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