Sheriff John Cooke tells us his deputies are too stupid to enforce complex laws:
When Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County explains in speeches why he is not enforcing the state’s new gun laws, he holds up two 30-round magazines. One, he says, he had before July 1, when the law banning the possession, sale or transfer of the large-capacity magazines went into effect. The other, he “maybe” obtained afterward.
He shuffles the magazines, which look identical, and then challenges the audience to tell the difference.
“How is a deputy or an officer supposed to know which is which?” he asks.
Because cops never have to make judgement calls about any kind of complex technology. Just ask any kid who’s built a hot rod and had the cops stop him, pull out rulers and go over every inch of the car with a fine-toothed comb.
Weld County is the Greeley area, which is the Northeastern part of Colorado where the wingnuts want to secede. However, Weld did not vote with some of the smaller rural counties when the secession vote was taken. That said, I’m sure the good Sheriff knows his audience, because the Times, as usual, buried the lede:
“In my oath it says I’ll uphold the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Colorado,” [Cooke] said, as he posed for campaign photos in his office — he is running for the State Senate in 2014. “It doesn’t say I have to uphold every law passed by the Legislature.”