January 31, 2013FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK
Response to NY SAFE Act
It has been over a month since the Newtown, Connecticut merciless killing of 20 small schoolchildren and their 6 brave teachers/staff members. The intense cruelty of this wanton bloodshed propelled us as a nation to take immediate steps to prevent similar incidents from occurring elsewhere.Since the murders were committed with guns, some were emphatic that stricter gun laws would prevent further tragic events. On the other side of this argument were those who surmised that if armed School Resource Officers had been in attendance, the casualty count could have beeneliminated or at least lessened.Then too, many believe counseling can help troubled individuals receive the treatment they need before they become a danger to society.Since the murder was committed by a mentally unstable person, some asked why mentallyunstable people are permitted access to any guns/ammo that they are capable of acquiring. Most people will agree that people diagnosed with homicidal and suicidal tendencies should not possessfirearms.All this talk about relieving some people of their weapons escalated into hysteria which started arumor that anyone (except those having illegal, unregistered weapons) could be relieved of his/her weapon. Thus was borne the fear that our second amendment rights were being violated and peopleimagined knocks on their doors and the confiscations of their firearms.At this point, I received many pointed inquiries: Was I going to uphold the Constitution which Iwas sworn to do or go along with the hastily devised NY SAFE act? I told all who asked that Iintended to defend the Constitution of the United States and protect and serve the citizens of DelawareCounty. Whenever there is a conflict in orders, the Constitution takes precedence as far as I amconcerned. I also want to do everything within my power to protect our school children, teachers andschool staff while they are in school, as well as securing the safety of all of our citizens, wherever theymay be. This is a tall order and no one solution will fit all.