BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Maryland sheriff has written an editorial calling for everyone to be “a thorn in the side of elected officials,” so that sensible gun policy can be passed.

Prince George’s County Sheriff Melvin C. High said recent mass shooting scenes have brought him back to his time in war zone Vietnam.

“The Las Vegas massacre and now Sutherland gave us more killing fields of innocent people doing nothing more than enjoying life or worshiping together,” he wrote.

“There is no plausible explanation but that we haven’t the courage or the political will to address the root cause of much of our violence – guns.”

Sheriff High, who was sworn in as sheriff in 2010, is calling for sensible gun policy, so that automatic weapons do not get into the hands of criminals and those with mental issues.

“Fellow citizens, it’s time we were a thorn in the side of elected officials. Automatic weapons, equipment that makes a weapon automatic, and magazines with dozens of bullet rounds are weapons of war. They must not get into the hands of criminals and the mentally unbalanced,” Sheriff High wrote.

Sheriff High credits Maryland with passing gun legislation, but said “it’s important that sensible gun policy is a national effort.”

“It’s time to do something, for all the other times we as a country have done nothing,” he wrote.

Click here to read the full statement from Sheriff High.

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Comments (2)
  1. You know Sherriff, you are right! I think we all should give up our guns. I hope you will join me in an act of solidarity and ask your officers to disarm themselves. That would really cut-down on the officer’s liability for accidental shootings as well. Let’s turn in our weapons and show these evil-doers that firearms don’t have a place in our country. This gun violence has to stop and the only way we can achieve that is for everyone, including criminals, to turn in their firearms. If we could just get everyone, criminals, police, security, and our military to disarm themselves our country would be much safer.

  2. Support passing mandatory criminal control!

    Step one.

    If charged with having/using a firearm unlawfully….

    No reduced bail, Subject to an automatic dangerousness hearing, No plea bargains, No reduced sentences, No early release from prison. Minimum state sentencing laws for assaults and/or robberies committed with a firearm.

    No need for step two.

    If you believe jails are over crowded and think most criminals should receive community service, go for it. But, when a criminal gets to the point of carrying a gun, a different and more serious ball game and mandated rules needed.

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