There’s a statement from the Utah Sheriff’s Association going around Facebook and the web, a copy of similar statements making the national rounds, to the effect that elected sheriff’s don’t like the idea of President Obama taking their guns and will die stopping him from trying.
Obama has made no such effort, nor is he stupid enough to try. Even so, this missive accuses him of issuing “Executive Orders” to silence debate (which were not all orders and, obviously, haven’t silenced anything) and implies heavily that obama will send his goons to take everyone’s favorite gun.
Key section: “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.”
There’s a couple of ways to look at this:
– Who says these guys are competent to interpret the Constitution? Obviously, they know very little about it.
This talks about “traditional” interpretation, but anyone with five minutes can dig up enough legal cases on interpretation of the Constitution to fill a bus. The Constitution hasn’t had a “traditional” interpretation since Marbury Vs. Madison, and never will, nor any single part of it. Yes, that includes the 2nd Amendment.
So the idea of Sheriffs in Utah deciding what’s Constitutional is laughable.
– Second, in the impossible event that “federal” officials are going to come to Utah and do unconstitutional deeds, who do you think the feds are going to send?
There are several million guns just in Utah, in hundreds of thousands of households. A roundup like that would overwhelm the US Marshall’s Sherice and require the feds to deputize every federal employee in Utah.
That is, unless your paranoid fantasies extend to the idea that this is all a UN plot in which case I guess that division of UN Peacekeeping troops from Bangladesh hiding in Canada will be moving in.
What’s sad is what this statement really is: An attempt by the Sheriff’s Association to make political hay out of tragedy.
They know that looking tough against the big bad federal government — Utah’s largest employer, by the way — is a way to get votes. So they’re using the deaths of a bunch of children in Connecticut to set up a big straw man — gun seizures — and then staunchly defend us against that.
Saying citizens must be armed is a tasit admission that they’re aren’t doing a very good job of keeping us safe. Maybe they should spend less time pondering the Constitution, and more time chasing crooks.