(Maryville) -- At least KMAland law enforcement official isn't mincing words when it comes to President Obama's gun control proposals.
The president Wednesday announced a series of congressional actions and executive orders designed to prevent further incidents such as last month's deadly shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school. Obama's proposals include requiring background checks for all gun sales, including those by private sellers that currently are exempt, reinstating and strengthening the ban on assault weapons that was in place from 1994 to 2004, and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White calls the president's proposals "absolutely ridiculous."
"People do have the right to have weapons," said White. "The people who are committing these crimes, they're not going to be affected by whatever they try to enact. They're only going to be taking weapons away from good people. The criminals are still going to have weapons in committing these crimes, and they're still going to be doing the same thing."