After the mass shooting at the campus of Umpqua Community College, President Obama didn’t waste any time getting in front of the cameras and lecturing Americans on our Second Amendment rights.
The sheriff of Douglas County, where Roseburg was located, took a different approach, however. Refusing to refer to the shooter by his name, Sheriff John Hanlin took a more tactful approach after the disgusting tragedy.
Now, perhaps, we can understand why. In a letter sent in early 2013, just a month after the Sandy Hook massacre, Sheriff Hanlin told Vice President Joe Biden abrogating the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans wasn’t the solution to America’s mass murder problems.
“Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings,” Hanlin said in the letter, according to the U.K. Daily Mail. He also told the vice president that he wouldn’t enforce any new federal regulations that went against the Second Amendment.
This isn’t the first time that Sheriff Hanlin has spoken out for gun rights, either. This past April, after Oregon passed a law that prohibited private sales of guns without background checks, Sheriff Hanlin noted that there were laws “that prohibit the possession of other things, like methamphetamines,” but that they don’t seem to work either.
“What I fear most is that we are going to create criminals, and specifically felonious criminals, out of some of our most ordinary, normal, law abiding citizens,” Sheriff Hanlin said at the time.
In a blog post he made after the Roanoke shooting, Roseburg shooter Chris Harper-Mercer wrote that, “A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone … Seems the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”