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Sheriff Opposes New Gun Laws

Cannon says he won't enforce new rules he feels violate the Second Amendment.

Charleston County Sheriff All Cannon says politicians are seizing on public grief surrounding the massacre at Newtown, Conn., in a bid to push an anti-gun "agenda."

And if the Sheriff faced with new laws that he feels may restrict the Second Amendment, he won't enforce them.

"An officer has a duty not to follow an unlawful order," Cannon said at a Thursday press conference in North Charleston. "I intend to do that with any piece of legislation, whether it comes from Washington or the state, that deals with the Second Amendment and has the effect of restricting what I think is a vital, vital right."

Cannon tossed out of rounds ammunition, pistol magazines and a revolver in a demonstration of how quick it is to re-load a weapon with perfectly legal devices that would not be banned under new gun rules proposed by President Obama on Wednesday.

"I believe in all my heart that there are those who have an agenda (who) are aimed at eliminating firearms," Cannon said. "They are taking advantage of the broken hearts that each of us has over this tragedy in Connecticut."

The sheriff, a seven-term Republican re-elected in November, said mass shootings stem from societal evils, such as the erosion of the family unit and the prevalence of violence in the media. Attacking guns is misguided, he said.

"We've had a lot discussion about obesity (in this country), and the practical equivalent is that we blame the fork for obesity, and we're having a discussion about whether the fork should have two tines or four tines," Cannon said. "As if somehow that will cut down on obesity."

Kelly Digby January 21, 2013 at 06:03 PM
From what I can glean from research: According to "This Nation.com [which] is researched and written by Jonathan Mott, Ph.D. (Political Science from the University of Oklahoma)." "Executive Orders do not require Congressional approval to take effect but they have the same legal weight as laws passed by Congress. The President's source of authority to issue Executive Orders can be found in the Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution which grants to the President the "executive Power." Section 3 of Article II further directs the President to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed." To implement or execute the laws of the land, Presidents give direction and guidance to Executive Branch agencies and departments, often in the form of Executive Orders." If I read this correctly then a Presidents EO are Constitutionally confined to Exec. Branch agencies and departments. Those are listed here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/our-government/executive-branch "Under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, all powers not granted to the federal government are reserved for the states and the people...Whereas the federal government and state governments share power in countless ways, a local government must be granted power by the state. In general, mayors, city councils, and other governing bodies are directly elected by the people." http://www.whitehouse.gov/our-government/state-and-local-government
JoSCh January 21, 2013 at 06:25 PM
The problem with your "research" is that you're looking to find fault with the president, not find out the truth. And you're certainly not interested in preventing gun violence. Go team TGOP, fvck America!
Kelly Digby January 21, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Whatever JoSCh...I hope you and your pals here have a great time commiserating with yourselves. There is no room here for differing opinions and I frankly don't ahve the time to waste on ignorant people like you & the other folks who frequent these board...Heaven help the people who stumble on these who hope to have a reasoned and civil conversation about the issues of the day *SMH*
JoSCh January 21, 2013 at 07:32 PM
I'm sure we will. There is room for differing opinions; I have a different opinion on unions, welfare reform, abortion, gun control and many other issues from some of my so called pals. The difference is they're interested in what they perceive to be best for society, and they generally post facts to back their opinion. If you are prove it; posting links to blogs that use specious at best studies. I stand by my assertion that the problem with your research is because your looking to fault the president, not the laws, not the EO or the implementation of them. Your argument (that Alex brought up earlier) that an executive order only applies to the executive branch is compelling. But the sheriff isn't talking about that, he's talking about ignoring any law that he feels violates the second amendment. He doesn't get to do that. Not to mention none of the presidents orders are about increasing restrictions on guns, even if that is his desired result.
Brady Quirk-Garvan January 22, 2013 at 08:53 PM
If you'd like to sign the petition you can do so here: http://signon.org/sign/sheriff-al-cannon-should

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