MODESTO -- Adam Christianson said his constituents demanded to know where he stands on the Obama administration's agenda on gun control.
"I had no intention of (weighing in)," Stanislaus County's sheriff said. "I would have stayed on the sidelines. But I was bombarded. Even the California Sheriff's Association was bombarded — 'What's your position? What's your position? What's your position?' "
Now they know. So does — or will — Vice President Joe Biden, when a staffer reads the letter Christianson sent Wednesday. Biden unveiled nearly two dozen recommendations this week in a response to the massacres in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and other places.
Christianson strongly told the feds he is against any new gun-control legislation, period. So much for staying on the sidelines.
While I consider Sheriff Christianson a moderate, I will be the first to admit that he's a definite improvement over every other sheriff we've had in my memory. As soon as he took office Stanislaus county went from a 'May Issue' (in other words, a 'fuck no you ain't getting a permit') county to a 'Shall Issue' county. Before he took office I bet there were less than 100 CCW permits, most of them going to the previous sheriff's cronies. Now there are thousands, maybe tens of thousands.
You still have to go through the hoops as far as background checks and classes but it's my understanding that a permit is yours for the asking.
My understanding? Yeah, my understanding. I don't have a permit. It's a matter of principle with me - I ain't asking permission from nobody to exercise my God-given Rights. And there is that fucking registration thing, you know? Lord knows, I'm on enough lists as it is. Which is another reason I don't have one - they get their information from the Fusion Center which hits my blog on a daily basis according to my sitemeter. I don't think I'd get one if I wanted to. That Extremist thing, you know?
But would I vote for him again? Absolutely. At least he's pointed in the right direction.