Letter to the Editor

No need to enforce

AtascaderoApril 4, 2013 

Sheriff Ian Parkinson was acting within the scope of his duties when he wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden regarding gun control. Despite what has been written by many (including The Tribune’s own editorial staff), federal gun control laws are not state laws, and thus the sheriff, as a California law enforcement executive, is not mandated to enforce them.

In fact, in many cases California law enforcement officers are prohibited from enforcing federal law (such as immigration laws). Further, the sheriff has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution. As the Second Amendment has not been repealed, the sheriff must support and defend it.

Sheriff Parkinson’s letter to the vice president simply reiterated the stance taken by the California State Sheriff’s Association, which represents every sheriff in California. I respect and commend Sheriff Parkinson’s stance to not make law-abiding citizens into criminals. If people are so preoccupied with the sheriff enforcing federal laws, perhaps we should start with federal drug laws. After all, more people die from drug overdoses than firearms use.

The Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service