DeWitt’s View on Enforcement of Democrats’ Gun Control Law

From State Senator Don DeWitte, published first in the Chicago Sun-Times:

Legislators should ask why so many sheriffs refuse to enforce assault weapons law

Everyday Illinoisans and law enforcement won’t sit by while the majority party turns our criminal justice system into a model that penalizes lawful gun owners, diminishes law enforcement’s effectiveness and eases penalties for those who commit violent crimes.

By  Donald DeWitte Jan 31, 2023, 11:30am EST

There has been a great deal of discussion from both sides of the gun issue as to whether the Illinois sheriffs who recently announced they will not enforce the new assault weapons ban are justified in their actions.

Don DeWitte

Perhaps the more important question is, why did they feel the need to take such a drastic step? 

There is no denying that there has been a gradual but very real change in the type of legislation we’re seeing in Springfield.

Rather than looking at issues of concern and finding workable and fair solutions that target specific problems, extremism has become the norm.

Rather than using a scalpel to create narrowly scoped public policy, majority party lawmakers are using a chainsaw.

Unfortunately, it’s the men and women of law enforcement and law-abiding citizens who find themselves in the path of destruction.

Law enforcement officers have felt the brunt of these new extreme laws.

Whether they are seeing a diminishment in their ability to do their jobs effectively and safely when approaching and apprehending suspected criminals, or knowing the Democrat majority in Springfield sees nothing wrong with providing an avenue for anonymous complaints and civil suits against them — as in the SAFE-T Act, which provides for both — law enforcement personnel recognize they are presumed by a growing number of majority party lawmakers as the bad guys.

Is it any wonder that Illinois is facing an all-time-high vacancy rate at police and sheriffs’ departments across the state?

Who would want to do a thankless job that involves putting one’s life on the line with one hand tied behind his or her back?

These officers are also charged with enforcing laws that many believe infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

They are the ones on the front lines of making sure Illinoisans with no record of criminal misconduct jump through an increasing number of politically-motivated hoops if they want to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

They are the ones who are responsible for seizing guns from individuals who have done nothing other than go through the FOID card and background check process and legally purchase a firearm — but who, under the new law, now must register those legally-purchased weapons.

The extremism in Springfield has reached a point where law enforcement personnel and law-abiding citizens are standing up and saying, “Enough is enough. No more.”

‘Let the courts fight it out’

It used to be that a bill’s constitutionality was discussed and determined during the committee process. Not anymore.

Today, with increased regularity, we are seeing extreme laws passed in partisan votes with a “let the courts figure it out” attitude.

In fact, at the conclusion of the Senate floor debate on the recent assault weapons ban legislation, the bill sponsor ended his speech with, “We’ll see you in court.”

Every sheriff I have met during my years as a public servant has been a hard-working and honorable leader whose main concern is the safety of the people in their county.

They’re not rogue opportunists or lawbreakers.

So for the majority of this state’s sheriffs to stand up and say there are serious issues with the new assault weapons law, legislators need to examine the steps that led to this kind of unified revolt.

At the same time, I would encourage every member of the General Assembly, including Gov. J.B. Pritzker, to remember the oath we all took just a few short weeks ago, where we promised “to support the constitution of the United States and support the constitution of the State of Illinois.” 

Everyday Illinoisans are just trying to live their lives according to their value systems and within the confines of Illinois law.

Similarly, law enforcement officials are trying to do their dangerous jobs the best they can in a hostile environment.

But because of the new extremism in our legislative process, both groups have reached the point where they will no longer stand idly by while the majority party turns our criminal justice system into a model that penalizes lawful gun owners, diminishes law enforcement’s effectiveness, and eases penalties for those who commit violent crimes.


DeWitt’s View on Enforcement of Democrats’ Gun Control Law — 8 Comments

  1. I just love the NWO playbook.

    Stifle Free Speech
    Take Away 2nd Amendment Rights
    Push Pervision on Kids

    The list is endless. Stay glued to the box on the wall to give you the truth.

    How much money did Hunter get from China again for his investment firm?

    I doubt Don can get his head wrapped around reality. Keep relying on the corrupt election process. Oaths of office are like toilet paper to IL politicians.

  2. The rule enforcers are Red and mostly White and the rule makers are Blue. Just like the colors of our old glory.

  3. DeWitte: why did you do nothing for the past 6 years?

    You are a fine whine.

  4. DeWitte is a great distraction. He’s a cuck and likes his perks.

    Where was he on Jan6?

  5. The reason is that now that the Democrats have had some practice at fixing elections, they never have to worry about losing again.

    Now you get to see what their real agenda is.

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