Sheriff right to sign petition
I am not certain who at the newspaper office determines what issues get a thumbs up or thumbs down, but I suggest whoever that is, they should consider a few facts before exposing their own ideology and political agenda. For example, the sheriff signed a petition that calls into question the validity of any law passed that would serve to infringe on the Second Amendment rights of American citizens.
The sheriff does not work for the president or Congress and neither elected him to office. We the people did that. The sherriff’s oath of office requires in part the following: ” I, … , do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Any official who in good faith believes that any executive order or law that is in conflict with the constitution is within his constitutional authority to ignore such a conflicted law under the guidance laid out in Article VI. Within the jurisdiction of his county – the sheriff has more authority than any federal or state official until he violates his constitutional oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. He must do that which his oath requires and the aforementioned petition supports that effort.
The only way to change the Constitution is by amendment and until that effort is completed, no law that attempts to control our rights under the Second Amendment are valid and therefore should not be enforced.