Obama assault weapon ban gets no respect in Indiana
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, IN - Republican Congressman Luke Messer probably summed up Indiana's position on gun control when he accused President Barack Obama of assaulting the Second Amendment by proposing an assault weapons ban.
"The Second Amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms from being infringed," said Messer, who just took office. "I will defend this constitutional bedrock against unwarranted assaults the President announced today."
Even new Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana was noncommittal about banning assault weapons, saying he would review it besides pledging his strong support for the Second Amendment.
Republican Congressman Susan Brooks, a former federal prosecutor, supported both the Second Amendment and efforts to keep towns and schools safe.
While she did not answer the yes or no question on a gun ban, Brooks said she worked on initiatives to deal with gun violence and was willing promote real solutions instead of partisanship.
Obama told the White House press he expected a tough battle with Second Amendment supporters besides congressmen supported by the National Rifle Association that ran commercials saying Obama was an elitist hypocrite for even proposing a ban.
Indiana's Republican controlled Legislature already weighed in on the gun debate when Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn filed a bill that exempts Indiana guns and ammo from federal law or any future action by Congress.
It seemed only Obama, talking about the 900 people who died from gunfire since the Sandy Hook massacre, was the only person who was concerned about growing violence and getting control on assault weapons that have that mass killing power seen in Connecticut or Aurora, Col. where a handful were killed and dozens injured when a shooter turned an assault weapon on a movie crowd.
Local law enforcement also shied away from the politically dangerous issue, especially since they are in the business of enforcing the law from violent criminals..
Delaware County Sheriff Mike Scroggins said he enforced the law and did not make it, adding he really had no comment about the assault weapons ban.He also was unsure how a universal background check might be done outside of current oversight of gun sales at licensed retailers
Scroggins thinks law enforcement action can speak for itself in controlling gun violence.
Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson said he had not reviewed the President's proposal, adding his top priority as sheriff and law enforcement officer was keeping citizens and those who serve the public safe. He hoped the gun issue could be addressed without compromising the rights of law abiding citizens.