Press Release from the NSA: Gupta Nomination Concern
On behalf of the National Sheriffsâ€™ Association (NSA) and the 3080 elected sheriffs nationwide, Sheriff John Aubrey, NSA President and Sheriff of Jefferson County, Kentucky wrote today to The Honorable Chuck Grassley to advise him of our strong concerns over the potential nomination of Vanita Gupta as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. NSA believes that Ms. Guptaâ€™s previous statements on a range of issues make her ill-suited for this important post.
If Ms. Gupta is formally nominated, NSA urges Grassley to investigate her previous statements on the legalization of drugs. As recently as 2012, she wrote in the Huffington Post that â€œstates should decriminalize simple possession of all drugs, particularly marijuana, and for small amounts of other drugs.â€ Decriminalization of all drugsâ€”including heroin, LSD, cocaine, and moreâ€”would have disastrous effects on our communities and our citizens. Communities have been crippled by drug abuse and addiction, stifling economic productivity and destroying families. Ms. Guptaâ€™s short-sighted statements on legalization and her apparent beliefs would put her at odds with the goal of public safety day in and day out. As the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, it is imperative that any nominee understand the challenges faced by law enforcement in protecting our communities.
Note the unwillingness to even engage in critical thinking – the automatic assumption that like the law of gravity – unable to be questioned, or alternatives considered.
Oh, and remember — they don’t make the laws; they just enforce them.