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January 25, 2013
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Letter: On gun laws and sheriff’s duties

Perspective on the gun laws

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to read our local sheriff has taken a position of defiance about upholding any gun laws that in his opinion are unconstitutional, as have other sheriffs.

After all, we live in one of the most conservative counties in Oregon and it is very much a gun culture. Unfortunately he, along with all law enforcement officers, is supposed to enforce the laws, not interpret them. This is anarchy at its worst.

The courts, including the Supreme Court, interpret the laws; that is their role in a democracy. Law enforcement, including elected sheriffs, are empowered and sworn to uphold these laws whether they personally agree with them or not.

That is how our form of government works best. If every sheriff is going to pick and chose which laws to enforce, then we are no better off than a dictatorship.

No matter how one feels about this or any other law, we need to remember that we are a country of laws — and not a country that lets each of us chose which laws to obey and which to not.

It is sad to see this flagrant abuse of our democratic principles by an elected official and a sheriff who apparently holds himself above the law.

Ray Jensen

Roseburg


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