Garfield County Sheriff on gun control: 'Look at the real issues'

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The Garfield County Sheriff sounded off on politicians and movie stars attacking guns after last week's deadly shooting at a high school in Florida.

On his semi-regular Facebook Live chat he calls 'Just the Facts,' Sheriff Lou Vallario said Monday he's angry about the latest massacre. He also said he is angry about how he says almost immediately people want to blame guns.

"Liberal politicians and Hollywood elite want to jump on this bandwagon of gun control," Vallario said. "They immediately want to blame guns and they don't want to look at the real issues."

Vallario says that instead, he wants to see more work done on mental health concerns, adding we need to blame the person behind the crime, and not the gun.

He also talked about putting more guns in school.

"We have to say it's time to provide more security in schools," the sheriff said. "Nobody likes the idea of having to harden our schools and provide security but that's the only way we're going to defeat people that want to come in and harm innocent victims."

In 2013, Vallario and more than 50 other Colorado sheriffs, including all the sheriffs in our area, signed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of new state gun control laws. Those laws banned magazines that hold more than 15 rounds and were passed after the Aurora theater shooting and the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

In an e-mail, Vallario said based on some of the feedback he received, good and bad, he intends to do a written 'Just the Facts' to better explain his concerns.

"...but more importantly [law enforcement in general and Garfield County specifically] have been doing to reduce these senseless acts of violence," Vallario stated. "It’s pretty difficult to get into the details in a five-minute live presentation."

You can view the video by clicking the link on the right side of this article.

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