Charles Adams: In support of sheriff
March 26, 2013
I am writing in support of Sheriff Garrett Wiggins. Consider the following hypothetical situation:
What if a New York billionaire sent lobbyists to convince the legislature to allow law enforcement SWAT teams to kick in doors of people anonymously accused of harboring 32-ounce sugary beverages? The accused then could be imprisoned without trial for as long as a year.
Would you want Sheriff Wiggins to simply enforce the law because it was passed? Or would you want him to look at the Constitution and recognize that you are guaranteed to be free from unreasonable search and seizure and guaranteed a right to a speedy trial?
The same applies to the current debate on gun control laws: "… the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." That's pretty straightforward, and I applaud Sheriff Wiggins for realizing that.
Prior Lake, Minn., and Steamboat Springs