Hooray for Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller. Understanding that the county sheriff is the ultimate law enforcement in his county, per the US Supreme Court, Mueller wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden telling him that he will not enforce any federal gun control law that he deems to be unconstitutional.
In his letter, Sheriff Mueller wrote:
“January 14, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20501
Dear Mr. Vice President,
I am Sheriff Tim Mueller, elected twice by the citizens of Linn County Oregon who have entrusted me with a noble cause: to keep them and their families safe. My deputies and I take that responsibility very seriously and, like you, have sworn to support the Constitution of United States. I take that oath equally as serious as protecting our citizens. I have worked for the people of Linn County for over 28 years as a member of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office as well as serving 3 years active duty as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army, where I also swore a similar oath.
In the wake of the recent criminal events, politicians are attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims by advocating for laws that would prevent honest, law-abiding Americans from possessing certain firearms and ammunition magazines. We are Americans. 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.
Any federal regulation enacted by Congress or by executive order of the President offending the constitutional rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or by my deputies, nor will I permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers within the borders of Linn County Oregon.
In summary, it is the position of the 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.
Sheriff Tim Mueller
Linn County Oregon”
Linn County Oregon is located in the Willamette Valley area in the northwestern part of the state. It has a population of just under 120,000 people. The county seat is Albany has a population of nearly 50,000. Lumber and wood products account for the majority of the economy of this county. Traditionally, lumberjacks are not known to the anti-gun liberals like you may find in other professions.
In an interview with the Associated Press Mueller said:
“We’re restricted and prohibited from enforcing all types of federal laws, including immigration laws. It would be unreasonable for anyone to think that I would enforce a federal firearms law. I tried to be as respectful as possible, but I also needed to get my point across.”
Mueller also said that there are other Sheriff’s that he has spoken to that support his stance, but he does not know of any that have publicly stated that they will take the same course of action that he is. He also stated that more than half of the households in his county owned guns.
One desire expressed by Mueller was that people on both sides could have a civilized conversation on the topic without resorting to threats or name-calling. When referring to Joe Biden, Mueller commented:
“We don’t have to be jerks to each other over it. If old Joe wants to come out here to Linn County, we’d have a good conversation.”
Now we need all of the other county sheriff’s throughout America to join Sheriff Mueller and inform the feds that they will not enforce any unconstitutional federal gun laws in their counties. The US Supreme Court has given them that right to defy the federal government and they need to start exercising it.