I have been thinking for some time now about government efforts to restrict our right to own and/or carry firearms. Recently I heard that Vice President Joe Biden said President Obama might try to use the executive order to deal with the issue.
Whether it is dealt with through legislation or executive order, we don’t know to what extent those rights will be affected. Given that this country has about 3,300 counties and each one of those counties have a sheriff as a constitutional officer in his/her respective state, and each has taken a vow to uphold and enforce the law (local, state and federal), it gives me concern as to how Columbia County’s sheriff will execute his duty.
I know Sheriff Clay Whittle is on the pro-gun side of the argument, but the vow of his office would require him to enforce whatever law/executive order is passed or enacted. If he does not “officially” go on record before the event (law/executive order) occurs, it will be easy for him to default to the requirements of his vow.
However, if he is called to task ahead of time by stating his intent in a public forum, it will make it much more difficult for him to pass the buck by stating he is bound to his vow.
Columbia County gun owners need to hear their sheriff’s intent. Could a public forum be held for this purpose? I certainly believe it to be in the public’s best interest.