Re "Sheriffs safeguarding our rights" (Letters, Aug. 27): In his anxious concern over the endangerment of his Second Amendment rights, the letter writer seems to have forgotten that the Constitution is more than a sentence long. His concerns about unchecked, oppressive legislation are valid, but a quick glance at the state and federal constitutions reveals that a branch of government has already been put in place solely to rule on the constitutionality of laws passed by legislatures, with the purpose of protecting the people's rights. The name of the branch tasked with this all-important duty, fortunately, is not the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. It is the judicial branch.
The letter writer's closing sentiment, that constitutional rights must be fought for constantly lest they be snatched away, is spot on. However, we should be careful to not trample on the constitutional foundations of our democratic system in the defense of one of those rights.
-- R.K. Gallagher, Hanover, N.H.