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The sheriff should be applauded

Editor:

In Tuesday's Journal, a couple of people were displeased that the sheriff publicly stated that he would adhere to his oath of office to uphold the constitution of the United States and the State of Colorado. The issue was that the new gun laws are in violation of the constitutions and that they are unenforceable; therefore he cannot and will not attempt to enforce them.

The writers obviously do not understand laws and the enforcement of them. I'm pretty sure they do appreciate the sheriff and police choosing not to enforce the law when they are 5-10 miles over the speed limit, or jaywalk, or change lanes without signaling, etc. The decision to not enforce laws happens virtually every day. There are so many laws on the books, they can't physically enforce them all, so choices are made. Many of them are just like the new gun laws, made without thinking and under emotional or monetary pressures, and therefore unenforceable, but they are on the law books.

The new gun laws were made under emotional and political pressures in an attempt to "look good" and legislate morality and force everyone to think and act alike with the same values as those politicians. They are bad laws that are not enforceable, besides being in violation of the Constitution. The sheriff should be applauded for demonstrating wisdom, understanding good and bad legislation, following his sworn oath of office, willingness to be open in explaining what is happening and protect all citizens from illegal actions. He gets an A+!

Dexter Gill

Lewis

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