Oregon Sheriff Says Won’t Enforce Un-Constitutional Gun Laws
I hope Sheriff Tim Mueller understands how much vitriol is going to come his way from the tolerant and peaceful liberals
(Daily Caller) An Oregon sheriff has sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden saying his department will not enforce any new gun laws it considers unconstitutional.
Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller, in his letter dated Monday, said politicians are “attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims” by supporting laws that would harm law-abiding Americans. The sheriff said he took an oath to support the Constitution, and laws preventing citizens from owning certain semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines would violate their rights.
“We are Americans,” Mueller wrote. “We must not allow, nor shall we tolerate, the actions of criminals, no matter how heinous the crimes, to prompt politicians to enact laws that will infringe upon the liberties of responsible citizens who have broken no laws.”
The full letter is available at the link, or you can click this one to see it full size.
He further goes on to write:
In summary, it is the position of this Sheriff that I refuse to participate, or stand idly by, while my citizens are turned into criminals due to the unconstitutional actions of misguided politicians.
It would be nice if more elected public officials would take a stand to uphold and protect the Constitution. Liberals won’t. The ACLU won’t. President Obama won’t. Democrats won’t. Some Republicans won’t.
Now it’s time to wait and see what (NMP) Obama will announce when he finally deigns to show up for his own press conference today. According to the Seattle Times (and many other outlets), what he will announce will be
According to a lobbyist briefed Tuesday, Obama will present a three-part plan focused on gun violence, education and mental health. He’ll call for:
– A focus on universal background checks. Right now some 40 percent of gun sales take place without background checks, including by private sellers at gun shows or over the Internet, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (I think most of us can agree to this)
– A ban on assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds or fewer. (it’ll never pass Congress, and will give Obama a way to demonize Republicans)
– A federal statute to stop “straw man” purchases of guns and crack down on trafficking rings. (Now that’s funny, considering agencies within the Obama were making straw purchases during Fast and Furious)
– More anti-bullying efforts; more training for teachers, counselors and principals; and funding for schools for more counselors and resource officers. (In other words, he wants to funnel more money towards teacher’s unions)
Obama also will order federal agencies to conduct more research on gun use and crimes, the lobbyist said, something Republican congressional majorities have limited through language in budget bills.
But will any of this stop violent criminals from obtaining guns and using them? You’ll weed out a few through background checks, but, that only applies to handguns, not rifles and shotguns. Instead of buying “scary looking” rifles, people could purchase the exact same thing in non-scary looking manner. You can easily purchase rifles in .223, same as the Ar-15, that do not have a pistol grip and aren’t painted black.
I’ll be interested to see if Obama proposes anything that goes after criminals during his stern lecture that will surely demonize legal gun owners, while armed men and women look on from the background.