Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon announced on Thursday that he will not enforce any new gun control provisions he considers to be “unconstitutional.”
In doing so, Cannon apparently believes he knows more about the Constitution than the U.S. Supreme Court or President Obama — who holds a constitutional law degree from Harvard University. Keep in mind that an assault weapon ban was heavily supported by Ronald Reagan, and ruled constitutional by self-proclaimed “strict constructionist” and conservative poster-boy Justice Antonin Scalia.
Cannon also seems to be claiming he can see the future, since no actual gun control laws have been passed yet. After all, how can you decide the constitutionality of a law that doesn’t exist?
In addition to violating his oath as sheriff to uphold the rule of law in Charleston County, Cannon also violated Godwin’s Law by comparing gun control advocates to Nazis. “Throughout history, ‘I was following orders’ or ‘I was just enforcing the law’ is not enough to protect you from liability if you knew or should’ve known,” Cannon said. “That didn’t work in Nuremberg at the World War II trials.”
In response to Cannon’s nullificationist rhetoric, many Charleston residents have begun circulating an online petition demanding Cannon’s resignation.
“If a firefighter says they wouldn’t put out a fire, we’d get rid of them immediately,” commented Brady Quirk-Garvan, who started the petition. “So why should the head of law enforcement pick and choose the laws he enforces?”
“If Al Cannon wants to go somewhere where law enforcement makes up laws on the spot, he’s welcome to move to some other country,” added Quirk-Garvan, according to WCIV-TV. “But here in America, judges decide laws, not sheriffs.”
Cannon joins a growing number of conservatives who are tossing the rule of law out the window simply because they’re not getting their way. It’s childish, it’s unbecoming of a public official, and it goes against everything this country was founded upon.