The sheriff of this quiet, semi-rural area of Oregon made no secret of his strident opposition to tougher gun laws. In high profile, he made his views clear in a letter to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. posted on his department’s Facebook page on Jan. 16, 2013, after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Mr. Hanlin urged the vice president to treat his letter as “a formal request that you NOT tamper with or attempt to amend” the Second Amendment.
“Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings,” he wrote, adding that efforts to restrict gun ownership “would be irresponsible and an indisputable insult to the American people.”
The sheriff also warned the vice president that “any federal regulation enacted by Congress or by executive order of the president offending the constitutional rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or by my deputies, nor will I permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers within the borders of Douglas County Oregon.”
Three days before that letter was released, Mr. Hanlin shared a link on his personal Facebook page to a highly detailed, investigative YouTube video, which suggested that the shootings at Sandy Hook might have been staged by the federal government to provide a pretext for “disarming the public” through gun control legislation.
In a comment imploring his Facebook friends to watch that video, whose producer claims that the parents of children “allegedly shot” at Sandy Hook were actors, and comments from the school nurse were touted even though she does not exist in reality. The sheriff wrote, “This makes me wonder who we can trust anymore.”
After that update attracted criticism, it was removed from Mr. Hanlin’s personal Facebook page on Friday, but not before numerous screenshots were made and shared online.
Source: NY Times
In looking at how the media and White House dove right into the Umpqua situation, passing judgement prior to knowing any issues, one must question things:
Why, within six hours would Obama grab control of the narrative, pull it away from Oregon, refer to himself 9 time in just two minutes, and then charge in with Gun Control rhetoric?
Why would the Los Angeles Times run an article insisting that the Oregon gunman was a “white supremacist” when in truth his mother was black?
Why did CNN deliberately alter the gunman’s photo to make him look white when he clearly is mulatto in real life?
In truth, the dead gunman left an extensive manifesto and online posts. He had very left leaning political views strongly reflecting the White House’s favorite race-baiting and balkanization issues – such as Black Lives Matter and violent anti-Christian views.
And why were several, armed military vets on campus restricted from stopping the carnage?
Why would this sheriff post Sandy Hook conspiracy theories on his Facebook page and then state he didn't do so later?