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Letter: Enforcing laws selectively is OK

A number of opinions have been shared regarding the Second Amendment Preservation Resolution recently passed by the Carroll County Commissioners and given support by the sheriff and state's attorney. A quick search revealed to me there are multiple jurisdictions in at least four states passing similar resolutions. Carroll County is not alone.

A recent letter to the editor contained a few misleading statements. One was "... the board said that it will withhold resources to enforce the Maryland Firearms Safety Act ..." True, but deceptive. The writer ignored a clear statement at the end of paragraph 1. Simply put, it says that the bad guys will, in fact, continue be prosecuted. The resolution should be completely read before commenting on it. Perhaps there's a comprehension problem.

In another comment, the writer said, "It is irresponsible and highly unethical for the board to influence the Sheriff and State's Attorney ..." It is common knowledge the commissioners, sheriff and state's attorney are all independently elected. They run for office on their own records. Influence? Where? I heard each of them speak. None appeared to be under duress.

It was also said, "It is ... a dangerous precedent of the board to obstruct enforcement of any ... law..." and "As elected officials they have a responsibility to enforce all laws, not just the ones they like."

This prompts the question, what gives President Barack Obama the authority to do just that? According to an article titled "Big Government" on the website breitbart.com, Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano said: "... here's what I expect as a former federal prosecutor and attorney general, and that is that law enforcement agents will enforce the law in accord with the guidance they're given from their superiors. That's what we ask of ICE, that's what we ask of Border Patrol, ... and I believe that would be consistent with all law enforcement. Agents don't set the enforcement priorities. Those are set by their superiors and they are asked then to obey that guidance in accord with the law."

It is known that the president has informed underlings to ignore certain immigration laws. It would appear that our commissioners are following the lead of the leader of the free world and Homeland Security.

Are we no longer permitted to challenge questionable laws? Has democracy truly died at the hands of the Democrats? How ironic is that?

Rick Blatchford

Mount Airy

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