Scott H. Jenkins

Leadership for our times.

April 7, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently released a memorandum demonstrating respect for, and understanding of, the unique role law enforcement officers play in society. It is a welcome change from the policies of his predecessor.

After years of the federal government micro-managing state and local law enforcement, Attorney General Sessions has directed the Department of Justice to strengthen DOJ’s relationships with state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners. This could not come at a more important time.

The previous administration’s response to these attacks was to comment without facts; assume that officers were acting unreasonably, particularly in the use of deadly force; and to support publicly groups that call for violence ag...

March 30, 2017

Here we go again. As with previous terrorist attacks, the media is scratching its head wondering about the motivation of the London jihadi attacker. We saw this in response to the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, the airport attack in Fort Lauderdale, and others.

In the case of the attack on the British Parliament, the media continues its refusal to tell the truth about Islamic terrorists. One does not need to know anything about Islam, terrorism, or the false reporting that has gone on for decades to see it. The BBC reported that there is no evidence that Khalid Masood (born Adrian Russell Elms) was linked to ISIS or al Qaeda, but also that multiple arrests were made in connection with the attack. While an arrest is certainly not the...

January 27, 2017

On January 26, 2017, Esteban Santiago, the (alleged) shooter in the Ft. Lauderdale airport attack, was indicted on 22 counts in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the 22 charges include 11 counts of performing an act of violence against a person at an airport serving international civil aviation that caused death or serious bodily injury; 6 counts of use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and 5 counts of causing the death of a person through the use of a firearm.

Where are the terrorism charges?

The enlargement of federal criminal jurisdiction is well-known and not the subject of this article. It stems from at least two important fa...

January 24, 2017

“Radical Islam poses a grave risk to the stability of nations and the well-being of their citizens.”

      - Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State Nominee

During Secretary of State-nominee Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearings, he implicitly described, in one sentence, two of the most important failures of the Obama administration in dealing with Islamic terrorists. The first is the fact that Obama refuses to describe Islam accurately. The second is the fact that, when we fail to name something accurately, we effectively foreclose any rational discussion of that thing. It is impossible to have a full discussion of a problem that we refuse to name, especially when that refusal signals deeper underlying issues.

The refusal to identif...

January 12, 2017

In the wake of the tragic Fort Lauderdale airport shootings, I have an idea: let’s ban mental health professionals.

Mental health professionals are charged with accurately assessing whether someone’s mental health condition poses a risk to others and whether that person should therefore be confined or their actions limited in some way.  The perpetrator of the Fort Lauderdale shootings reportedly visited the FBI a few months prior to the shootings and told the FBI that he had heard voices in his head forcing him to watch ISIS videos.  

(There is still conflicting evidence about whether he converted to Islam earlier in his life, although most of the major media is not reporting that.  However, there are reports of pictures of the a...

December 21, 2016

Various studies have tried to examine whether there is a link between gun ownership and crime. Most of us are familiar with arguments that attempt to prove a causal link between gun ownership and levels of crime. Some of the more common ones are that a higher incidence of gun ownership leads to more crime; having a gun readily available means that it will more likely be used in a heated domestic dispute; having a gun in the house increases the chance that it will be used in a suicide, and so on.

These studies are littered with errors and biases that will be examined in a future post. Furthermore, the results, such as they may be, are often distorted by the media to advance the liberal media agenda. Most importantly from a research persp...

December 12, 2016

Recently a Virginia state senator announced her intention to require a study of the cost and feasibility of a firearms registry in Virginia. Her proposal should be recognized for what it is and steadfastly opposed.

In addition to being unlawful under federal law, such a firearms registry would not address the issue the senator uses to justify its existence. Most importantly, a firearms registry is only the first step in restricting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Any restriction compromises our liberty and safety as individual citizens, and compromises our collective security.

Our Founding Fathers, understanding the wisdom and necessity of our right to bear arms, enshrined that right in the Second Amendment to the U....

December 8, 2016

Following the tumult of the recent Presidential election, it seems a good time to revisit how our system of government, particularly transitions in power, help provide the stability and prosperity we share as a nation.  Whether one supported the President-elect or one of his challengers, the fact of his election -- and the peaceful transition of power -- is one of the most important features of our country's history.  Our consistently peaceful transition from one administration to the next is one of the remarkable features distinguishing our country from many others.  

Implicit in our rights as Americans is the corresponding responsibility we have to participate meaningfully in society.  This includes, fundamentally, complying...

December 6, 2016

Winston Churchill said, "Facts are better than dreams." With today's media distortion, political correctness, and the elevation of emotion over rational inquiry, facts are often ignored and replaced not with dreams, but with a vision that can become a nightmare for America.

To respond effectively to a threat, it is imperative to identify it accurately.  This includes the nature, size, and location of the threat.  Without identifying these critical features, our response will be ineffective at best and may embolden or strengthen the threat at worst.  For example, we know that if we try to put out an electrical fire with water, not only will we not extinguish the fire, we stand a good chance of being electrocuted.

Why, then, do w...

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Sheriff Scott H. Jenkins

Sheriff Scott H. Jenkins, a career law enforcement professional, has proudly served as Sheriff of Culpeper County, Virginia since 2012. Situated just 75 miles from the nation's capital, Culpeper County houses several key federal and private facilities, many of which require enhanced security.

Scott Jenkins is a recognized thought leader in the areas of Second Amendment rights, secure communities, constitutional government, and law enforcement. He is recognized for his no-nonsense but compassionate approach to law enforcement. His thought leadership in these areas has resulted in him being invited to the White House numerous times for briefings with the Executive Branch. He also speaks at local, state, and national conferences on these issues. He has numerous appearances on Fox News, local network affiliates of the major networks, international media, and digital media. Print stories on his principled stands have appeared in local, national, and international media.


In 2019 Scott made headlines by promising to deputize thousands of law-abiding citizens in the face of proposed unconstitutional gun control legislation. His principled stand, as well as his untiring commitment to protecting our Second Amendment, helped lead to the defeat of one of the most overreaching gun-control bills proposed by the Democrat Virginia legislature in the 2020 session. His fight for our God-given rights, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment, continues.


Scott Jenkins has held a number of supervisory and leadership positions throughout his career. He formed the first SWAT Team in Culpeper County, conducted the first active shooter training in Culpeper, and has served for years as a tactics and firearms instructor. Under his leadership, active shooter training has been provided to every public school employee in Culpeper County. The Culpeper Sheriff's Office provides free concealed carry training to thousands of law-abiding citizens.


Protecting his community always has been, and remains, Scott Jenkins' highest objective. Toward that end, he is pleased to have prevailed in several lawsuits brought by the ACLU and similar groups attacking his cooperation with the federal government in enforcing our nation's immigration laws. Scott does not back down from what he believes is right.


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