Here is the complete oath that I swore to:
I, (my name), do solemnly swear or affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Alabama, so long as I continue a citizen thereof; and that I will faithfully and honestly discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; to the best of my ability. So help me God.
This is the one administered by the sheriff for the task force that I was assigned to. Now, that last sentence bears a LOT of weight to me. This is a promise that I made to God, and I take that VERY serious. If I fail to honor this oath, I will answer to God for it.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774_1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764