Debbie RolenStaff Writer
February 21, 2013
Logan County Sheriff Sonya M. Dingess Porter has taken a stand on the subject of gun control through a proclamation issued earlier this week.
Porter said, “The citizens of Logan wanted to know where I stood on the issue. After reviewing what the president is looking at doing and reviewing what some of the other sheriffs have done, I made up my mind. I took an oath to protect and serve the people and to obey the laws and the Constitution. The Constitution says we have the right to bear arms.”
Proclamation 2013-01, Support of Second Amendment to the United States of America affirms Porter’s support of the right of the people to bear arms.
Sheriff Porter went on to say, “People have the right to feel safe in their homes and part of that is having the right to protect themselves. I felt it was important to let the people know I am standing behind the Constitution for their rights, my rights and everybody else’s rights.”
Porter says she thinks some restrictions will be put in place similar to those implemented in 1999 when bans were put in place for some assault rifles, then lifted in 2004.
Porter thinks the issue of gun violence itself should be looked into. She said, “It’s like driving under the influence drivers, you don’t ban cars you ban the people who are drinking and driving.”
Mental health issues appear to be involved in many of the incidents. Currently, there is no database and records are not available from the courts or any other source.
When doing background checks on potential employees, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPPA) Act becomes involved and makes it difficult for law enforcement to determine whether an applicant is eligible to carry a concealed weapon. The sheriff says it is important to have access to pertinent health records in order to make good decisions and protect the people.
Sheriff Porter also thinks implementing laws and restrictions will only affect and hurt the law abiding citizens because the criminals won’t care what is banned.
Another item the sheriff commented on was guns sold over the internet or at flea markets. In cases like that, people may get around the required checks. Those issues need to be addressed and resolved.
“Targeting gun violence, and the people who are actually involved in gun violence, and mental health issues are the two most important issues. Once we get some clarity on those issues and clarification as to who should have guns, law enforcement will be able to do their jobs.” said Porter.