Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot issues statement on gun control
YUMA, Ariz. (KSWT News 13) – Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot is also weighing in on gun control.
The sheriff issued a statement today along the same lines as Senator Shooter.
In part, Sheriff Wilmot says:
"New regulations by our federal government, either via congress or executive order, on our rights granted by the Second Amendment would be foolish and misguided and serve only to criminalize honest, law abiding citizens."
Here is the complete statement the Sheriff Wilmot issued to the Citizens of Yuma County regarding gun control:
To the Citizens of Yuma County,
I, like many Americans, am always appalled and heartbroken when I hear of any incident involving the murder(s) of innocent victims at the hands of violent criminals. Like all Americans, I wish for justice to be served upon those responsible for perpetrating these horrible crimes. I also pray that the families of those victims receive peace during those times of tragedy.
As our nation struggles to find answers to the problems that lead a very few among us to commit these senseless criminal acts, I am gravely concerned that some would further victimize law abiding citizens through misguided and uninformed decisions intended to prevent future acts of violence. Through my own experience, I have learned that any such misguided attempts to limit the access of violent criminals to the tools they would use to commit these crimes only serves one purpose—to prevent the honest, law abiding citizens access to the means to defend themselves and their families. A firearm is a tool and as such is incapable of independent action. The manner in which that tool is used is entirely dependent on the individual who wields it. I am a strong proponent of investigating the underlying causes of these recent tragedies and working together to address those shortcomings with real solutions. I am a strong proponent of enforcing existing laws and holding those who choose to violate those laws accountable for their actions.
As a law enforcement officer and former Marine, I have dedicated my life to defending our country, our community and residents against all evil that would be perpetrated upon them by criminals. Like all law enforcement officers, I am bound by solemn oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the State of Arizona; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to defend them from all enemies, foreign and domestic.
As your Sheriff, I am committed to enforcing the laws of the State of Arizona. I will continue to do so aggressively and impartially. I have yet to find any criminal act committed with a firearm that is not already sufficiently outlawed by existing statute. The creation and imposition of new regulations by our Federal Government, either via congress or executive order, on our rights granted by the Second Amendment would be foolish and misguided and serve only to criminalize honest, law abiding citizens.
In closing, as your Sheriff and a citizen of the United States of America and the State of Arizona, I firmly support the Second Amendment which grants citizens the right to defend themselves and their families and I will not suffer any infringement upon those rights.
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