Tevlin: Sheriff's gun sentiments are up for debate

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 19, 2013 - 6:37 PM
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wa0tdaJan. 20, 13 7:08 AM

I guess if ol King Cole doesn't think he works for Pine County, the County Board should just cut his budget and see how many Stetsons and leather jackets he buys after that...

rangesonJan. 20, 13 9:17 AM

I'm thinking he's over-inflating his "positive" responses. Of course, most people who agree with him will personally contact him, but the majority of others that disagree will speak with their votes next election. Wonder how he would have handled the other case in today's paper: where a convicted teen murderer has been amassing weapons?

allhailfsmJan. 20, 13 9:54 AM

This sheriff is confused about his authority, but his statement is chilling. He has put his county on notice that he will decide the laws for himself, based on his own understanding of the constitution or moral imperative.

I wonder if he would take the same hands-off attitude if an abortion provider was murdered in his county, or a woman reported a sexual assault and he thought she was at fault for dressing prevocatively or drinking with a boyfriend?

What about taking hands-on action? If he was certain that a person committed a crime, would he strengthen the case by planting evidence?

Whenever a law enforcement officer decides they have a right to interpret the laws and decide whether to enforce them, he is dangerous to everyone.

elind56Jan. 20, 13 9:55 AM

Cole and I disagree on a number of other issues, including the Stetsons and the leather, but I respect his stand on guns.

jasonbaierJan. 20, 13 9:55 AM

the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment "not for hunting, but to defend the populace from a tyrannical government.

akmscottJan. 20, 1310:49 AM

He won't enforce them because they are wrong!They want no part of a upcoming war!

jlkinzJan. 20, 1310:58 AM

Cole understands his responsibilities perfectly. To enforce state and local laws not federal laws. If an abortionist were murdered that would be against state and local law and he would enforce them but he is not a federally employed law enforcement officer. He was hired by the people of Pine County through an election process if the County Board decides to cut his budget they to will have to answer to the residents of Pine County. Keep in mind the oath of office he took says to protect the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic.

swmnguyJan. 20, 1311:18 AM

Just another posing, preening self-promoter. If the Right doesn't cleanse themselves of these cartoon characters they won't be a serious national presence for much longer.

adliblogJan. 20, 1311:29 AM

"I do not believe the Federal Government or any individual in the Federal Government has the right to dictate to the states, counties or municipalities any mandate, regulation or administrative rule that violates the United States Constitution or its various amendments. I would view any such mandate, regulation or administrative rule illegal and refuse to carry it out." *** As an officer of the county is he any more qualified to interpret the constitution than a municipal officer, a private security officer or anyone else he might deem subordinate to his dictates? If not, then how does he distinguish himself from a lawyer or a politician?

bcarsonmplsJan. 20, 1312:18 PM

An abused woman is 6 times more likely to be murdered if there is a gun in the home. A gun in the home increases the chance of being killed by firearms by 72%. The vast majority of children who have been murdered are killed how? And, by the way, treason is the violation of allegiance to one's state.


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