From the red part of this blue state comes word from one of the counties that the administration's gun proposals, should they become law, will not be welcome.
Humboldt County Sheriff Ed Kilgore first accuses the administration of exploiting the Newtown tragedy, calling the unveiling of the package in such close proximity to the slayings "insulting and absurd."
And then more (I have attached the full letter here):
"The Second Amendment is truly what Americans believe is the layer of security between them and government oppression."
Kilgore says the proposed legislation "infringes on the rights of every American," that any gun laws should be handled by the Legislature and then the coup de grace: Kilgore says that although he understands the high court would have the final say, he informs the vice president he will "use my discretion and not enforce any new gun laws that may appear unconstitutional....You are on notice that my consitutents and I will not assist in this attempt to strip previously given Constitutional rights away."
(For those of you who don't know, Humboldt is in the northern part of the state, bordering Idaho and Oregon. It has about 17,000 people. Voter registration: 3,225 Republicans; 1,397 Democrats)