The older I get, the more I appreciate the adage, “Choose your battles wisely.” You cannot engage in every potential battle that crosses your path and when you do engage you should make darn sure that your engagement will amount to something. Time and energy are not for wasting.
It was the choice of battles that immediately came to mind this evening when I read the AP article about the open letter the Sheriff of Pine County, Minnesota sent to residents stating that “he would refuse to enforce any new state or federal regulation that restricts guns.” Apparently Sheriff Robin Cole feels strongly that the federal government is outside their purview should they mandate any gun restrictions – he believes that violates the U.S. Constitution. Cole believes “it is a ‘moral sin’ to erode freedom through administrative rules”.
Whoa – now you just stop right there Deputy Dawg. That is quite a battle you are engaging in. You publicly stated that you would refuse to enforce both state and federal law because you personally disagree with it. Deputy Dawg – is this really the battle you want to choose? Do you really want to go on the record as saying that you refuse to complete your sworn duty to uphold the law of the state? Do you really want to use the language ‘moral sin’ in speaking about potential laws that restrict gun freedom? You are sounding a bit Wild West-ish Deputy Dawg – almost as if you believe that you make the law in your town.
I will be curious to see how this all plays out. This looks like it could be one heck of a battle, especially seeing as Deputy Dawg has already dug in his heels. Who makes the law around these parts? Or perhaps I should ask, who is going to enforce it?
Day one thousand two hundred and eighty-nine of the new forty – obla di obla da