The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 21, 2013

Randee Kaiser, guest columnist: Sheriff weighs in on Second Amendment

By Randee Kaiser
Special to The Globe

CARTHAGE, Mo. — In my few short days in office, I have had a number of phone calls and visits from residents of Jasper County who are curious about my stance on Second Amendment rights. Certainly, there is a lot of concern about the future of gun laws in our country.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with me, here’s some background about myself: Over the past decade, I have taught more than 100 conceal and carry classes for Missourians and have enjoyed seeing individuals exercise their rights to arm themselves for self-defense purposes. Personally, I enjoy spending my free time doing competitive shooting, recreational shooting and hunting.

I do not believe responsible gun ownership is the source of our country’s problem with violence, and I do not agree with lawmakers attempting to place guns at the center of the issue. Passing new gun laws only affects those who follow them. As we have seen from recent violent incidents involving guns, the people who engage in these horrific acts have not been identified as law-abiding citizens. Various issues are at the heart of the increased violence in our country, and I believe the focus should be on those areas — not toward gun restrictions.

I would like the residents of Jasper County to know that I am a strong supporter of lawful, safe and responsible gun ownership. I have also taken a vow to uphold the laws of this state and the U.S. Constitution. I can assure you that as sheriff of Jasper County, I will be an advocate for the sacred rights of citizens of this county.

RANDEE KAISER is the Jasper County sheriff.