Sheriffs from across the country are writing Barack Obama and Vice President Biden to promise they will not enforce any gun control measures they consider unconstitutional. It makes sense. The local officials swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. They’re just doing their jobs.
Okay. You may be wondering how widespread this backlash is? Of course the second Amendment may not be politically correct in DC, but outside the beltline it’s a different story.
Take Utah. 28 of 29 sheriffs have sent letters to the Oval Office, promising not to enforce any new gun control laws they consider unconstitutional.
And in New Mexico, 30 out of 33 sheriffs have reminded legislators of their oaths.
Many sheriffs in Oregon are also taking a similar stand.
So how much wiggle room does the second amendment provide? Here’s how it reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Wow. That phrase “shall not be infringed” says it all.
Ready for some quotes?
From California, Sheriff Adam Christianson of Stanislaus County writes, “I refuse to take firearms from law abiding citizens and will not turn law-abiding citizens into criminals by enforcing useless gun control legislation.”
From Florida, Martin County Sheriff Bill Snyder says, “Local law enforcement authorities are not empowered to enforce Federal law.”
Now if you could get Obama to tell which you which sheriff in the whole country he fears the most, it would have to be the one who rounded up a posse to investigate his claims of a Hawaiian birth. We’ll let Sheriff Joe Arpaio, of Maricopa County, Arizona have the last word — “Now if they’re going to tell the sheriff that he’s going to go around picking up guns from everybody, they’re going to have a problem.”