At a recent White House press conference, Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about all of the local sheriffs that have stated that they will not enforce unconstitutional gun laws enacted by the federal government. The reporter for CNSNews.com asked Carney:
“There have been 381 sheriffs that have signed on saying they would not enforce gun laws they believed were unconstitutional. Would the administration have a problem if local law enforcement did not enforce whatever gun package were to pass?”
After stating that he had not seen the letters referred to, Carney replied:
“I think as a general proposition we think that people ought to follow the law. As an absolute matter of fact in my view, and I think many other constitutional experts, there’s not a single measure in this package of proposals the president has put forward that in anyway violates the Constitution. In fact, they reflect the president’s commitment to our Second Amendment rights.”
Richard Mack, Founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association responded to Carney’s reply saying:
“Politicians who violate the Constitution never say I am violating the Constitution, come and arrest me.”
In 1994 Mack, then Sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, and six other county sheriffs filed a lawsuit in which they claimed that part of the provisions contained in the Brady Bill were unconstitutional. The case went all the way to the US Supreme Court who ruled in favor of the sheriffs. In ruling on this case the US Supreme Court did say that the county sheriff is the supreme law enforcement in their district. Basically that ruling gives the county sheriff authority over federal law enforcement or any other law enforcement that attempts to act within their jurisdictional boundaries.
Mack went on to comment saying:
“When Rosa Parks didn’t give up her seat on the bus, should she have been arrested or should the police have escorted her home? The law was to arrest her. It was a stupid, unconstitutional law.”
“Every one of the sheriffs is going to follow the Constitution, not follow the president or the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has already ruled twice for the Second Amendment. The federal government has no right to tell me how many magazines I can have, how many guns I can have and how much ammunition I can have.”
When I read the Second Amendment I don’t see anything that gives the federal or state government any authorization to restrict or infringe upon my right to own and bear firearms of my choosing. Here is what the Second Amendment says:
“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.”
Notice the last four words of the Second Amendment say, ‘shall not be infringed.’ What part of this phrase does President Obama, Senator Feinstein, Jay Carney and the rest of the Democrats not understand? It doesn’t say that we have the right to keep and bear specific arms in specific quantities under specific regulations. Therefore in the straightforward reading of the Second Amendment any and all pieces of gun control legislation ever passed or ever to be considered, is a violation of the Second Amendment.
A list of those county sheriff associations that are part of the CSPOA effort includes those from: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Wyoming. Since County Sheriffs are the ultimate authority in their jurisdiction according to the US Supreme Court, the county sheriffs who have said they will not enforce any federal gun law that violates the Constitution will be obeying White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s admonition when he said that they are to follow the law.