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Sheriff Expresses Disgust that Sandy Hook used to Promote Gun Control

Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller says he has written letters to the President, Vice-President, Congressmen, and to our state delegation, voicing disgust for the use of the events at Sandy Hook to promote gun control.

Here is the message from Douglas County Sheriff Phil D. Miller, apprearing on the Sheriff's Facebook page:

I have received questions from many of you as to my stance on gun control. I have written letters to the President, Vice-President, Congressmen, and to our state delegation. The letters voiced my disgust for the use of the events at Sandy Hook to promote gun control legislation that I believe would violate mine and your second amendment rights.

I have further talked to state legislators who authored state bills that would do the same. I am a member of the Georgia Sheriff's Association Legislative Committee and we as an association are meeting with legislators in an attempt to stop bills before they are presented which we believe are a violation of the Constitution. I will fight in every way that I know how to make sure that our rights as citizens are not violated by the Federal Government or our State Government.

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drew orlando January 26, 2013 at 06:06 AM
We have the right to keep and bear arms. This shall not be infringed. Everyone I know has obtained their "assault weapons" legally and are law abiding citizens. Our major news networks are the problem byglorifying the horrible acts. So what you are saying is that I don't deserve an AR 15 because a CRIMINAL killed children. Its terrible but besides the fact I served my country and have never abused a gun ever I should be punished for this. You have freedom of speech to get on here and make false statements but I can't have a semi-auto rifle hat the constitution says I can have? Please answer that. After they ban guns maybe they will ban ignorant statements
richard January 27, 2013 at 01:30 AM
It's my right to have those rocket launchers and rpgs and ieds i have in my basement. Dang it.
TT2Toes January 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Democrats are using this tragedy as a shameless excuse for extreme gun control tactics. Get help for the mentally ill. Organize and teach proper firearm handling, responsible ownership, and safety. Work with the law abiding gun owners and the NRA to craft real means to safety for our kids and everyone else.
Carey January 27, 2013 at 04:06 PM
This is a video for all the brain washed people out there that think an AR 15 was used in this terrible school shooting! Please watch!!!!! http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/50208495#50208495
Tammy Stoner January 27, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Sherif Miller, DC has reduced all value from my land, after taxing me for 25 years at full value, yet continues to tax my home. I am told my home never allowed to be built. We purchased brand new. The WSA collects fees, from multiple businesses paying them fees, not me, to wipe it out with storm water. I have had no safe access for three years. Denied due process and too many constitutional violations to list. How likely do you think it would be to protect my private property with a AR 15? Should I aim at city, county, wsa, and all the businesses too? I bet you would throw me in jail, and toss away the key. It is a myth to think that an AR 15 will protect private property from constitutional violations and deprivation to liberty. A grand illusion.
David A January 27, 2013 at 04:33 PM
They never banned machine guns . You can own a legal auotmatic weapon(machine gun to you) if you buy a registered example, pay the ATF a $200 transfer fee and pass government scrutiny and if it is legal in your state to own aformentioned weapon. You should learn facts before you run off at the mouth. An opinion is like a asshole, eveyone has one and some are full of crap. As some has said ," Americas problem is most people are educated by Hollywood and the TV.
Republican girl January 27, 2013 at 04:42 PM
I'm sorry but exactly were is the help for the mentally ill supposed to come from? The sky? It is no secret that you need INSURANCE to get psychiatric help and most insurance woefully limits these benefits. And in this great state of ours, the govenor does not support public and mental health with tax dollars that we pay. So where are people to get help? Just stop!
Gary January 27, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Sherif Miller is an idiot!
Yvonne January 27, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Mentally ill people can receive help by going to the health department. This arguement is not about the mentally ill. It is about taking away our constitutional rights. Everyone in America should know the constitution, and should never give up the rights afforded by it! If you allow these rights to be taken from you, you are not an American, you are not for what this country was built and fought for! You must think about what you are saying and doing FULLY!
rick January 27, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I too have written, Sheriff. I hope all other dc citizens represented by a democrat senator are writing him too. the senator should support the counties majority views not his parties.
sandsgrandmother January 27, 2013 at 10:44 PM
What has changed? When I was in school we never heard of shootings like what we have seen recently. In the 50’s there was a high percentage of homes with guns. Take the time to research the lists of drugs, the cause & affects when taken &/or trying to come down off of. You will be shocked. Medical studies show the brain patterns change with drugs. Is proven with drugs rather on them, coming off of them &/or off of drugs creates suicidal tendencies. While there may be those that the drugs help, there are those that have the tendency to go in a direction & become suicidal. Does anyone imagine that, together with the drug itself-Doctor/Pharmacist/Drug Co. might be a bit more responsible in these situations that were in FACT caused by the drug, than the gun manufacturer? The profits are huge! Society needs to step back & accept responsibility & find other avenues other than drugging our children from early ages & on. Parents/society very well may be the main connection to these shootings & the choices we have made with our children may have initiated this cause & effect. Parenting skills have suffered immensely over the years. Parent/s’ not in the home when the child arrives home, divorce rates through the roof, more one parent homes than two parent homes, parent/s’ not wanting to inter act with their children & listen. Easily searchable & starting point, http://ssristories.com/index.php?sort=date&p=school
Uncle Bobby January 27, 2013 at 10:49 PM
I am proud that a sherriff would commit himself this deeply to uphold the constitutional rights we all cherish and take mostly for granted. Guns dont kill people, people kill people. The initial assault weapon gun ban in my home state of California was initiated after a nutcase shot and killed 5 kids on a elementary school playground. Shortly thereafter a politician named John Van DeCamp went into the state legislature carrying a AK47, saying that if he wasnt an honest good citizen that he could kill half the people in that room. Thus the ban began. I met this John character late one evening after working the swing shift at United Airlines. He was running for govenor. Film crew, personal staff members etc present. Hey would you like to meet John Van DeCamp? Sure!!! Nows my chance!!! He shakes my hand and says "Hello my name is John Van DeCamp and I need your vote as govenor of this great state" "Hey!!! Are you the guy that did the ban on assault weapons because of the school shootings?" "YES!!! We need to ban assault weapons" "OK, I have a question, lets say this madman drove a 1963 chevy station wagon thru that playground at 80 mph and ran over those kids thus killing them, would we thus ban 1963 chevy station wagons as assault vehicles?" Can you guess what I got in return for my question? "This is over!!!" And he walked away. Ever check the stats on murder rates of various countries that ban weapons? The US is actually very low, LEARN!!!
John Graper January 28, 2013 at 06:48 AM
This is a very emotionally charged debate. But if we simply view facts, history , & current stats. we can see that a higher concentration of legal guns in an area = less violence. The highly restricted areas ie Chicago, DC have murder through the roof. Gun ban people have all the facts stacked against them. From the failed assault ban to current murder rates & now even Sandy Hook has been taken from them. All they have is misguided fear & emotion. It's kind of sad really, to have to wait around & hope some monster does something horrible so you can push your personal agenda.
Will b January 28, 2013 at 07:01 AM
Pam just one question lets just say we had no guns in America at all. Now with all the explosives he had I. His apt wire to blow don't you think if he didn't have a gun he would have used explosives? PS look at the original reports and even the news as of late has said he didn't use the ar15 in the class room he used the hand guns.
SouthernKudzu January 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Military style guns are outlawed for private ownership in Mexico, yet look at their crime rate and the amount of shooting using military style weapons. Bans don't stop crime and shootings. Heck, come to think of it.....it's 100% illegal and a possible penalty of death for anyone to murder another person, but yet it still happens.
SouthernKudzu January 28, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Lily, seriously you should just stop commenting until you get your facts straight. Do some research before posting anymore lies.
SouthernKudzu January 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM
You mad?
Fred January 28, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Please keep your crazy posts about your stormwater issues on Topix where they belong. I am amazed that you can find a way to interject your stormwater issue into nearly everything. The AR15 is not the tool that you need to fix your issue, a LAWYER is the correct tool. If you cannot get a lawyer to take your case, then it may not have any merit and you will just have to get on with your life. If any agents of the "city, county, wsa and all the business" (sic) are indeed attacking you while you are on your property then defend yourself. Picking up an AR15 and seeking a confrontation with the entities you mention (or anyone) will get you jailed or shot.
Susan Knight January 28, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Does anyone remember years ago when some crazy person(s) put poison inside Tylenol capsules? They banned those capsules after a CRAZY person did this. I agree with SouthernKudzu .. it's not what killed, it's why. Should we now ban anyone who's ever been diagnosed with any mental illness from owning a gun(s)? Banning guns WILL NOT stop violent killing by people who are obviously mentally ill, or are a terrorist. Don't forget about other crazy's who have used other means beside guns to kill. Next thing you know, you will have to get a background check and mental illness check just to buy a gallon of milk, or a gallon of gas. Jeeeeze. Obumma, take your mitts off of my Constitutional Right to protect myself and my family!
Marsi Thrash January 28, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Some of you calling people brainwashed need to read more recent news. The video posted above aired the day after when erroneous information was still flying around. He did use the bushmaster, a glock, and a sig sauer. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/us/lanza-used-a-popular-ar-15-style-rifle-in-newtown.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Mike Money January 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM
I support Sheriff Miller and never doubt his heart or the love he shows for the people of this county (despite disagreements on how best to show that love here or there, on occasion). There are no perfect leaders and he will never make everybody happy all the time. But he will try to get the facts right. Some facts are really really really easy to google. For example: Coroner Confirms: No Assault Weapon Used in Sandy Hook Shooting Posted on January 24, 2013 Read more: http://conservativebyte.com/2013/01/coroner-confirms-no-assault-weapon-used-in-sandy-hook-shooting/#ixzz2JJOoG2Kz
Phil Miller January 29, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Mike Money, I pray for your wife everyday.
real time January 29, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Mr. Miller thanks for what you do for us in douglas county. I feel safe the only thing i see to much of in this county is drugs and that is the start of most crimes. Yall work hard for us but some times i do not see enough in the corn crib area i know it is a bad place i live in here wish you could send a car to watch oak dr and corn cribb loop north to many run it every day.one day we will have a death there. But Thanks You work hard to keep us safe.
Jerrod Martinez January 31, 2013 at 10:25 AM
I'm in California and we are represented by the wicked witch of the west and her army of democratic monkeys... Please help.
SouthernKudzu January 31, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Move
Jerrod Martinez January 31, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Can't military... But thanks for the suggestion
Lloyd January 31, 2013 at 05:45 PM
To Pam J Yes we need to start somewhere ,so if you haven't had any children then you should advoid having any or get fixed so you can't have any.
sheehan February 05, 2013 at 03:34 PM
the weapons used to kill those kids was NOT I REPEAT NOT AN ASSULT WEAPON. they were killed by handgun fire we know this now. the ar was in the trunk of his car and HAD NOT BEEN FIRED. once again you and people like you are jumping on the band wagon of BULLSHIT becuase you have an issue with something..unfortunatly your are too dumb to even understand what it is your upset about. its not the guns your upset about. its the disregard of life and the next time you want to jump on a band wagon know what the situation is and dont just let some asshole tell you what to think. assult weapons are not a problem in this country handguns are BUT IT IS NOT ANY WEAPON LEGALY OWNED BY A LAWFUL CITIZEN. the people you need to be afraid of are the same people that will continue to use them after every lawful gun is banned and collected by the fed. and those guns are the ones sold on the blackmarket and on the streets. those guns are the ones used in crime in this country and those are still going to be there REGARDLESS of if you can remove every gun from every house in america. the blackmarket will only make that much more money. now if you care to get off your ass and target something that kills more people every day then guns lets get cars off the streets. since more people die every day in car wrecks then will EVER die by guns. or you could target knives and basball bats since they are responsible for more homicides then guns too.look up the cdc records on death in america its intersting
Mule Skinner March 06, 2013 at 03:44 AM
that's just it,We don't need to start anywhere when it comes to chipping away at the constitution.What do you think would have happened if the guy ran in with a machete and started hacking children to pieces,or a baseball bat and started beating sculls in.It would have been the same out come.Things don;t kill,People do-
skysurfer@gmail.com March 20, 2013 at 05:55 PM
9.5 magazines or clips are what Lanza used according to the bs artist that wrote the information on the video that Mike Looney put up if that was true the Dems would be using them on every televised news program around just to show the anti gunners but they haven't because its all bull shit hey mike looney get you facts tight you fucking dumb ass..

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