I write this letter to declare my support for those law enforcement officers refusing to enforce I-1639.
A recent letter to the editor says they must obey the law. I agree, they must. The basic law of the United States of America is the United States Constitution.
This country fought two arduous wars to establish and confirm “that such a nation will long endure.” The Revolutionary War with England and the Civil War among ourselves established and confirmed the Constitution of the United States of America. The people of a state are not then free to vote in laws that conflict with the basic laws of the Constitution of the United States of America. Washington state people should support U.S. Constitution law above all else.
The Second Amendment to the national Constitution states “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Washington state’s I-1639 definitely impairs my ability to bear an arm, especially in an emergency situation, e.g. a midnight home invasion. Being an aging senior, I do deserve and reserve the right to defend myself. I-1639 interferes with that right. It is unconstitutional. Washington state, by whatever means, cannot enact laws that contradict the Constitution of the United States.
This country’s shooting problem is not the guns in our hands, it is the thoughts in our heads.
Albert G. Willis