The National Sheriffs Association (NSA) held a press conference in Washington on Friday (2/1/2013). Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold was in the nation's capital and supported the group's stand supporting citizen's rights to have guns as outline in the Second Amendment.
Sheriff Arnold for IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT
Sheriff Arnold said, "Causes of gun violence must be addressed through improved mental health treatment and stronger laws to prevent or reduce legally prohibited people from accessing handguns."
Arnold endorsed a resolution stating violence must also be addressed in the media, drugs, gangs, the breakdown of the family and vigorous enforcement of existing laws. Society needs a comprehensive approach.
The National Sheriffs Association called for law enforcement to have access to mental health records for accurate background checks, responding to 911 calls and calls for people who suffer from mental illness.
They endorsed expanding treatment for people who suffer from mental illness.
The NSA's stand makes a strong statement that our nation is seeing an epidemic of untreated mental illness across the country, and there is a strong link between untreated mental illness and the increased risk of committing violent acts.
In the resolution, NSA stated the sheriff’s support the U.S. Constitution and citizens’ rights to bear arms.
“The National Sheriffs’ Association does not support any laws that deprive any citizen of the rights provided under the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” the resolution stated. “The doctrine of judicial review grants to the United States Supreme Court and the lower courts the power to determine the constitutionality of any law and sheriffs do not possess the legal authority to interpret the constitutionality of any law.”
Sheriffs resolved to support the Second Amendment and to recognize the authority of the courts to interpret the constitutional rights.
NSA members stated the following:
Vigorous Prosecution The nation's Sheriffs support the vigorous prosecution of those who violate existing gun laws, including enhanced sentences.
Gun Safety Incentives The nation's Sheriffs support enhanced firearms safety efforts including incentives to promote both safe and secure storage and use of firearms.
Training The nation’s Sheriffs enhanced training, best practices policies and procedures and adequate resources for law enforcement, schools and those who operate other public facilities, to address active shooters and other safety threats.
Culture of Violence The nation's Sheriffs recognize the culture of violence on the internet, on television, in movies, and especially violent videogames, have a negative influence on our nation's youth.
Schools The nation's Sheriffs are committed to protecting our children in their neighborhoods and in school facilities.