Wednesday June 19, 2013
Does Tim Mueller Want to Start a New Civil War Over Gun Laws?Tim King Salem-News.,com
Oregon Sheriff will not abide by any future federal laws regulating 'certain magazines and firearms'.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Tim Mueller, the Sheriff of Linn County, Oregon, has issued an open letter proclaiming that he will consciously and conspicuously defy the laws of the United States if they change in a way that he disagrees with. It isn't clear exactly what prompted the seemingly defiant and unruly letter other than the current pro-gun lobby frenzy underway, but people are sure talking about it in social media.
First of all, let's just get this out of the way. A sheriff is a politician, they are elected, they are political figures. The truth is that almost every son of a gun on two legs breaks the law. To imply that people are perfectly legal is ridiculous, I don't even know what the sheriff is talking about. Guys with guns are dangerous regardless of whether or not they have a criminal record. In some cases it just means they haven't been caught.
The citizens of Linn County are not saints and it seems Mueller is intent on making sure people can keep weapons and accessories that are strictly designed to erase human life. Nearly all of the weapons that are criticized in this country are not rifles for hunting game, they are expressly designed to hunt people, like those little kids in Connecticut.
I find it interesting that this same county has all kinds of respect for federal law when it comes to enforcing marijuana laws and hassling bikers. That's right, guns are good, and motorcycles bad in Linn County, Oregon. (Charitable Biker Event Incites 'Criminal Profiling' from Police).
Sheriff or Secessionist?
On a personal level, Tim Mueller is a nice guy and he is responsive to media, mostly, and his agency is not one known for excessive corruption or flagrant police brutality. This is good. Nor is Linn County a place where people are constantly using guns to defend themselves from criminals, as Mueller seems to imply. It is a nice, fairly quiet place where mostly blue collar workers work in places like the Teledine Wah Chang factory that marks Albany along I-5.
Mueller's letter is below in its entirety, it is a Facebook sensation with almost 30,000 shares. People love the paranoid approach, along the way implying that their guns are about to be taken when there is no talk of this, and no discussions in the federal government over taking the guns away from citizens. My impression is that officials are reading the writing on the wall and simply saying "holy shit" because these mass shootings are out of control. They want to restrict certain weapons, and related items, but there is no talk of taking your grandpa's gun away.
Here are Mueller's final two paragraphs:
I am shocked that a comparatively low level politician in a semi-rural Oregon county would feel the need to make these statements. I think it is clear from the comments that Mueller is widely supported, and it sounds like the opening volleys of a new U.S. civil war. I sure hope it's worth it, though I have my doubts.
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