By Former LVMPD Detective Gordon Martines
After over 39 years of law enforcement experience in the trenches, I
have developed certain beliefs, feelings, and endorsements that will
directly affect our community as a whole — and on the individual level
– when I am elected your Sheriff of Clark County in 2014.
An issue that keeps cropping up at sheriff’s debates (at least the
ones that I am invited to), is my expressed feeling about the
legalization of marijuana, especially regarding the medical marijuana
issue. Some of my previous comments about these issues have lately
been distorted, convoluted and been made to appear out and out
contradictory to what I have said and meant. Hopefully I can clear
this misunderstanding up in this article.
Hot issue No. 1 marijuana
1. If the marijuana legalization referendum was placed in front of me
right now, I would not hesitate to sign my name to that document, in
favor of it.
2. If the medical marijuana bill or legislation was placed in front of
me right now, I would not hesitate to sign in favor of it.
That being said, please read and understand my reasoning for both of the above.
Argument and reasoning for my stand: Being the constitutionalist I am,
I believe that any law-abiding American citizen has the natural right
and constitutional right to put anything he/she wants into his/her
body; that is their choice and their choice alone, and the federal
government has absolutely no constitutional right or perceived natural
right to prohibit any such act. I would consider any law that
prohibits that act to be unconstitutional and I will not obey it
because it is against my sworn oath, beliefs and faith.
The provisions that I believe need to be re-emphasized in support of
these two referendums, bills, or petitions, is that if there is a
negative affect on any other person, especially a minor child,
pursuant to and because of these acts, then the prescribed penalties
associated with these negative acts will be duly severe and certain.
Example: If you smoke marijuana in or around a minor child, and
subject that minor child to second-hand or contact marijuana fumes,
then you have broken the law and may/can be charged with Child Abuse,
Child Endangerment, Child Neglect, or Contributing to the Delinquency
of a Minor. Thusly, the same goes for DUI offenses, and so forth.
I also believe that any financial burden placed on society to pay for
medical intervention and drug rehabilitation associated with
unprescribed voluntary drug ingestion be strictly reviewed and
sanctioned. In other words, the illegal drug-user will be on his or
her own when it comes to medical care or disability entitlements paid
for by taxpayers through local or federal government subsidies.
The next hot issue for discussion is “Gun Registration.”
I have been and still am opposed to any form of gun registration –
before, now and forever. As your future sheriff, I will immediately
suspend the gun registration section of the police department and
re-allocate the personnel assigned to that section to other more needy
police sections. I will direct a memo to any/all police personnel to
suspend any/all enforcement of gun registration. I will also direct a
memo to any/all gun dealers in Clark County to suspend any/all Clark
County gun registration requirements after purchase of any firearm. I
will initiate lobbying efforts to redact, repeal, or eliminate the
State Law that requires handgun registration for any county with a
population of over 700,000 residents, or for any other reason.
The next and final hot issue for today is that of the “Non-Injury
Traffic Accident Reports.”
I support and believe that each and every traffic accident report in
this county should be investigated by a law enforcement agency,
whether or not it involves injury, single or multiple vehicles,
property damage, mechanical failure, road maintenance or defect, city,
county or government county vehicles, and that the law enforcement
agency will ensure that any/all debris, vision obscurrances, and any
other dangers to vehicular travel are rectified and corrected before
vehicular traffic is allowed to continue. It is not reasonable to
place the legal burden of proper reporting of traffic accidents onto
the shoulders of law-abiding residents of this county, regardless of
the inconvenience to, and/or any time restrictions or other priorities
of, the law enforcement agency.
As long as these provisions are understood and accepted, the community
has my total full support and adherence to my sworn oath to the
Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights.
As your future 2014 Sheriff of Clark County, the community will also
gain a strict “Protective Guardian” of OUR United States of America’s
Constitution and Bill of Rights, equally and fairly, for each and
every constituent in Clark County.