Target: Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller
Goal: Prohibit Sheriff Mueller from disobeying the gun control legislation that is likely to be passed in Congress.
Currently, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and gun control task force members are all collaborating on a proposal to Congress that aims to limit the availability of firearms and ban some types outright. This proposition has been met with severe opposition, with perhaps the strongest opposition coming from Tim Mueller, Sheriff of the state of Oregon’s Linn County. Mueller has staunchly declared that he will not be obeying any federal legislation that violates his Constitutional rights, and this is expected to include the measures that are going to be passed with the new gun control laws. Mueller needs to be woken up and made to follow the gun control laws that pass because they are aiming to keep citizens safer and less threatened, not to simply deny certain citizens their rights.
Mueller went on to claim that he would not let any federal sheriff enter his jurisdiction and enforce the laws, either. While Mueller has received a decent amount of local support for his claims, he also has his share of detractors who do not want him to take the law into his own hands. And this is precisely what he would be doing if he failed to follow the new gun control measures.
Any new gun control legislation will be passed with the intention to increase public safety and prevent additional gun violence from occurring. The motivation for this newly passed legislation came in the aftermath of several gun-related tragedies that occurred in December 2012; it should be obvious that the United States government is not aiming simply to restrict citizens’ rights with these measures. Mueller needs to recognize that these measures are being passed with the best of intentions on the federal government’s part, and at least give them a chance to make a difference before protesting them.
Dear Sheriff Mueller,
The federal government will be passing new gun control measures that will change the way firearms can be accessed and used. You have come out and said that you will not support such measures because they are in violation of the Constitution. However, what you must understand is that these measures are being instituted not for the purpose of violating citizens’ rights, but for increasing citizens’ protection.
The government proposed these measures in the wake of the numerous gun-related tragedies of December 2012 in an effort to prevent such incidents from occurring again. That is the sole motive behind these new measures; President Obama did not wake up one morning and decide that he wanted to take everyone’s guns away just for the fun of it. These measures are being put into place because President Obama cares about your well-being and does want to see a gun-related tragedy in your town. If such preventative action means limiting access to potentially dangerous firearms, so be it; this is the price that must be paid for increased public safety.
Please: do not take the law into your own hands, and understand that these measures were proposed out of a desire to see more Americans live safe and happy lives. Accept the measures that pass, and at least give them a chance to make a positive difference in society before protesting them.
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