Monday, January 21, 2013 | 3 comments

Utah Sheriffs to Obama: Take a Hike!

By Connor Boyack

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In an open letter posted on Facebook, the Utah Sheriffs’ Association rejected any unconstitutional infringement of the right to keep and bear arms.

Recognizing the horror of certain cases of carnage involving guns, including the Newtown shooting along with the 2007 Trolley Square shooting here in Utah, the association noted that it’s “easy to demonize firearms” while observing that such a reaction “is also foolish and prejudiced.”

Not beating around the bush, the concluding paragraph of the association’s letter fires a warning shot past the bow of the Obama administration:

We respect the Office of the President of the United States of America. But, make no mistake, as the duly-elected sheriffs of our respective counties, we will enforce the rights guaranteed to our citizens by the Constitution. No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights—in particular Amendment II—has given them. We, like you, swore a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and we are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional interpretation.

Several states have made the news in past days regarding their potential legislative resistance to any gun control policy. Utah will be joining them, with Representative Brian Greene sponsoring similar legislation to help mount state-based resistance to this significant federal overreach.

Nullification, like any form of opposition against a perceived authority, is more successful when those resisting are not doing it alone. We support Greene’s impending bill and likewise encourage legislators around the country to uphold the Constitution by refusing to acknowledge the executive orders and legislative mandates that run contrary to its limited provisions and enumerated powers.

Sheriffs throughout Utah have led the way in this state in upholding the right to keep and bear arms. Now it’s the legislature’s turn to follow suit and add some teeth to the resistance.

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Connor Boyack is president of Libertas Institute. He is the author of several books on politics and religion, including the Tuttle Twins series for children.


3 comments
mitailbu
mitailbu

To me, this is just electioneering. The sheriffs in Utah know their constituents are heavily armed and will vote to keep their arms. If the Sheriffs' Association was really concerned about the constitution and their oath, they wouldn't be actively engaged in unconstitutional road blocks, checking papers. They wouldn't be endangering people to whip around on the road to get the evildoer without a seat belt. They wouldn't be camped out by the side of the road in speed traps. They wouldn't be donning militarized uniforms and gear to look intimidating. They would be actively involved in LEAP. They wouldn't be spending ungodly amounts of money on cool cars and gear.

 

Since they are in Utah though, they get away with blatant tax collection activities because their constituents are also mormons, so they don't complain about road blocks because they claim to not drink alcohol. They don't care about LEAP, because God made government and government made the war on drugs, so it must be inspired by God and therefore good. Speed traps and seat belts are enforced by the benevolent government (made by God) and are therefore holy and righteous.

 

I call BS on the Utah Sheriffs' Association. If they quit being tax collectors and bring their other activities to a "constitutional" level, then maybe I will believe their intentions are good with the 2nd amendment. It won't happen though, they have to justify their jobs, so they will pick and choose their support of the constitution.

James D
James D

The judicial branch is one of the checks and balances. Let's not forget the states, the 10th amendment, the 9th amendment, even the 2nd amendment is a check. The most important of the checks and balances is the people though. So it warms my heart to see a group of people standing up to Obama's discussion about infringing on our rights to protect ourselves. If we left everything to the courts to decide we might not have very many freedoms left... Oh wait.

labman57
labman57

Last time I checked, we had a Judicial Branch which is tasked with the responsibility of determining whether or not specific Executive Orders or pieces of federal legislation were unconstitutional. When law enforcement officials decide to select which laws to enforce or ignore -- or worse, encourage citizens to take up arms against the federal government, then they have crossed the line and have dishonored their job title.

 

Making fear-mongering, factually-inaccurate, hyperbolic public comments about "the government coming to take away your guns" will only serve to incite violence.

 

Once again, self-righteous conservative politicians and pundits indignantly thump their chests, encourage their followers to take the law into their own hands, and angrily chomp at the bit over another opportunity to be onthe wrong side of history.

 

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