Johnson County sheriff defends murder weapons
The Kansas City Star
In a disgusting public statement, Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning has spoken out favorably for continued manufacturing of the high-capacity magazines used to mow down 20 children in December in Newtown, Conn.
He spoke out in favor of the high-capacity magazines used to murder a dozen people in Aurora, Colo., last year.
Denning wanted to make it clear where he stands: with the people who want to use high-speed magazines to kill as many people as possible.
President Barack Obama’s talk about outlawing the high-speed magazines really stuck in Denning’s craw. And the sheriff made it clear he didn’t favor any of that change - even going so far as to say he considered gun control “unilateral personal disarmament.”
“As sheriff, I will never support, nor advocate for, ANY legislation at ANY level (local, state or federal) that would restrict the legal possession or ownership of any type of firearm (or high-capacity magazine) by lawful, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens of Johnson County, Kansas and of the United States of America.”
Denning’s laughable statement is along the lines of some other law enforcement officials who have been cozying up to the NRA in recent weeks.
The outlawing of the high-speed magazines wouldn’t do anything to disarm Americans, and Denning knows that. Americans, who already own hundreds of millions of guns, can easily defend themselves from the occasional prowler who comes on to their property.
Hunters know that. So do reasonable members of the NRA.
They know Americans don’t need access to high-speed magazines to protect themselves. Cops know that. You would think a sheriff would, too.
Denning - who was just re-elected as sheriff - apparently has looked around and now considers Johnson County to be so right-wing that he can spout this kind of nonsense and get support for it from enough people to keep his job.
How sad for the sheriff. How sad for Johnson County that they have a sheriff in favor of continued manufacturing of high-speed magazines meant for one thing and one thing only - killing as many people as possible.