Last Friday, a man went to trial in Vernal, accused of attempted murder after having assaulted a deputy sheriff with an AR-15 rifle. The deputy was lucky to escape alive from the hail of gunfire. On this same day, the Utah Sheriff's Association released a letter to President Obama in which they stated, among other things, that "No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights--in particular the Second Amendment, has given them."
Well, fine. Presumably they are also prepared to pledge to resist if, as some right-wingers warn us will happen, the black helicopters swoop over our horizons, bearing United Nations bureaucrats intent upon imposing Sharia law.
Having dealt with these ghosts and shadows, hopefully the good sheriffs will now join us in discussing the actual problems faced in our real lives, including problems of gun violence. We need the sheriffs' serious attention and input, especially because, when a bad guy in Utah is pointing a weapon at someone, that someone is very likely to be one of the sheriffs' deputies or some other law enforcement officer.