PERRY: Sheriff Robinson seeks to mellow drama over gun control crisis

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Don’t tell me there’s not a voice of reason in the increasingly shrill debate over gun control.

It’s Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson. Ever met him? He’s the kind of guy that makes a good Eagle Scout look like just another lazy teenager.

PerryToon2He’s that kind, that serious, that concerned. He’s also pretty much that conservative.

So while the rest of the country is taking sides and hunkering down for the next civil war — this one over the right to bear arms and froth — Robinson has stepped to the front lines to ask every one to hold their fire, especially his peers.

Some of those fellow sheriffs are the antithesis of Robinson’s call for calm.

In Collin County, Texas, Sheriff Terry Box told the world via his Facebook page that he thinks what the Obama Administration and others are talking about when it comes to gun control would be contrary to the Second Amendment, and he just won’t have it.

“Neither I, nor any of my deputies, will participate in the enforcement of laws that violate our precious constitutional rights, including our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Box said in the original post. “As long as I remain Sheriff of Collin County, I will not participate in the actions of misguided politicians who seek to impede our citizen’s right to all of the privileges afforded by our Constitution.”

Box isn’t alone. Sheriff’s from mostly rural places all over the country have also said that they have no intention of letting the gov-a-mit grab their gats or anyone else’s. Sheriffs from the The Republic of Utah have made it sound like they might soon be ready to start closing the borders.

Robinson ever so nicely is trying to remind everyone that the Constitution that Box and Co. fear is being shot to hell by gun-grabbin’ liberals also makes it clear the county sheriffs are allowed only to enforce the law as it’s written by legislatures and interpreted by the courts. He kindly reminded fellow sheriffs and the world that they are also not qualified to act as Supreme Court Justices.

I’m not so diplomatic. Box and his fellow Tin Foil Hat Brigade don’t get it that they would become dictators and gang leaders if they made good on their threats.

Beyond that, Robinson sought to remind us all that mental illness and gangs play a huge part in the problem of gun violence, and that those issues are getting short shrift in the battle over what to do to reduce the number of gun slaughters.

One of the most striking things Robinson said was about where the largest number of mentally ill people are in Colorado, and all over the country: our jails and prisons. To make people get permits to own guns wouldn’t do any good unless we make sure psychologically disturbed people don’t get permits or illegal guns.

And how in the hell do we do that? Can you just imagine the reaction of the gun-rights lobby to a plan to have mental wellness panels assess all gun permit applications to determine if applicants are fit to bear arms?

But if we systematically work to provide better mental health services to everyone and work harder to identify seriously disturbed people and get them the medical attention they need, there would be fewer wack jobs exercising their Second Amendment rights inside of elementary schools or movie theaters.

Robinson didn’t address military grade weapons and ammunition, and whether Second Amendment aficionados should be able to buy and shoot it, sometimes at cops and children. To me, that’s the area of compromise. Despite what a lot of gun-nuts say, neither I nor millions of other Americans are so stupid that we can’t understand the difference between civilian and military grade guns, saying there is no difference.

In the spirit of what Robinson is saying, we all have rights bestowed by the U.S. Constitution that are all contingent on not depriving any other American of his or her rights. That’s what allows us, in the form of the government, to regulate firearms, pornography, seven dirty words, firecrackers, firewood and anything else we see fit.

It’s time we all follow Robinson’s lead and exercise some reason with our constitutional rights.

 

Reach editor Dave Perry at 303-750-7555 or [email protected]

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John
John
9 years ago

Perry, why don’t you get a permit to exercise your free speech. Robinson more or less said he would follow orders and it was up to others to decide whether they are morally right or not. The number of atrocities committed from “I was just following orders” would make sandy hook look like a day on the ski slopes.
Newsflash Perry, our rights are not given to us by the government and they therefore cannot take them away. Molon Labe

redco2012
9 years ago
Reply to  John

Amen, John!