Thursday Jan. 31, 2013
Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers will appear on a CNN program this evening hosted by journalist Anderson Cooper on the gun issue. Look at this Elkhart Truth article, just posted.
He’s one of various panelists, who, between them, reflect a range of views. The program, titled “Guns Under Fire,” is at 8 p.m. tonight on Cooper’s program, Anderson Cooper 360.
Rogers, not shy about voicing his conservative views, strongly favors gun rights and bristles at the notion of controls on firearms as a constitutional infringement. “The more people who are carrying firearms for legal purposes, the more polite our society will be,” Rogers said in a Jan. 24 post on his Facebook page.
Here’s the heart of the Jan. 24 post:
“The US Constitution, Article I, Section 8, is clear what the Federal government should concern themselves in our nation. Gun control is not one of them. The issue of any gun laws should be the individual states. However, in that endeavor, the states are limited by their own constitutions. For example, The Indiana Constitution has a clear message in Article I, Section 32: “The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.” As a Sheriff who upholds his Oath of Office to support and defend the US and Indiana Constitutions, I will not be a part of enforcing any federal law or presidential order that is contrary to those Constitutions. As such, there are concerns from citizens of this county that there may be a gun confiscation, of which will not occur in this county while I am Sheriff. As for those seeking gun permits, the increased demand for gun permits are absolutely not a concern for this Sheriff. The more people who are carrying firearms for legal purposes, the more polite our society will be. I do encourage firearm owners to have the ability to keep firearms secure from children and burglars, and to receive appropriate training from civilian firearms trainers.”
Rogers, elected with tea party backing, is a strong conservative. Aside from his pro-gun rights views, he’s also been vocal in denouncing overreach by the federal government.
Tim Vandenack is a reporter at the Elkhart Truth newspaper in Elkhart, Ind., www.etruth.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-296-5884. Visit him/subscribe to him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack.