Letter to the Editor

Liberty, not power

AtascaderoMarch 24, 2013 

Sheriff Ian Parkinson is being criticized for his letter to Vice President Biden, in which he states as the senior law enforcement officer in San Luis Obispo County that he will not enforce gun-control laws that violate the Second Amendment rights of the Constitution.

Contrary to criticism, the sheriff should receive accolades from all, including the editorial board of The Tribune. Each and every elected and appointed government officer takes an oath to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution of both California and the United States.

Far too many officials act as if their oath of office is just a meaningless ritual. When public officials ignore their oath of office, the rights of all are in jeopardy. We have witnessed liberal-progressives wage an unremitting war on Constitutional principles, openly mocking the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution itself as being outdated, irrelevant or even racist, offering only their own judgment as being infallible and that we should “trust them.”

Our government was not set up to “trust” fallible humans; it is comprised of checks on the power of government, like the Second Amendment, to protect liberty. We’re fortunate to have a sheriff who loves liberty more than power.

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