Special to the Enterprise
“In light of the recent tragedies at Newtown, Conn., there has been a lot of talk about gun control. First, let me say that my heart goes out to the families of the victims of that horrible day. I can’t imagine how it feels to lose a family member in such a vicious and evil manner as this,” the sheriff said.
“However, as always, there are those who were waiting on such an event as this to scream ‘gun control.’ They wish to reignite the old push to eliminate our Second Amendment rights.”
But Whisenant said he and other members of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association will aggressively oppose federal or state legislation that infringes upon law abiding citizen’s right to bear arms.
The group also announced its support for legislation that penalizes criminals who use firearms in the commission of crimes.
“One of the greatest fears of my law enforcement career is that I would be asked to enforce laws against God. I never thought there might be laws passed that would violate the Constitution,” Whisenant said.
“It is my duty as the chief law enforcement officer of the county to enforce federal, state and local laws and ordinances. I took an oath to honor and protect the United States and Georgia Constitutions,” he said.
The sheriff said a good friend recently referred to the Bible as a standard, pointing out that current laws for the most part came from the standard and much of the United Sates Constitution and the framework of the country came from this standard.
“So whenever a conflict between law and the Constitution arises the Constitution will be my standard,” Whisenant said.
“If the president and lawmakers want to make new laws or stiffen existing gun laws I will support them and applaud them. If they attempt to violate our Second Amendment rights I will not only resist such violations, but if necessary, I will actively repel any violators from our county or find room for them in our jail.”
The sheriff said he hopes cooler and more rational minds prevail in Washington.
“However, it is my job to enforce laws and keep the citizens of Brantley County safe. I will protect the Constitution and, no,— I will not enforce any laws againts God.