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Friday, March 28, 2014

Sheriffs Coalition Calls for Resistance to Vermont Move Against Gun Rights

Mar 26 2014

Adam Lanza would have qualified for statist sainthood if liberals had succeeded in exploiting Sandy Hook to the extent they hoped. But it is beginning to look like they overreached. Authoritarians can’t even count on law enforcement to take their side against the Second Amendment:

The head of a nationwide sheriffs coalition is calling on Vermont’s law enforcement officers to defy three controversial gun control measures passed by Burlington voters three weeks ago.

“Sheriffs have a constitutional duty to refuse to comply with such ordinances,” said Richard Mack, president of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. “We’re seeing sheriffs in New York oppose the Safe Act and Gov. Cuomo. If we have sheriffs in New York doing this, how much more should we have sheriffs doing it in Vermont?”

Despite the colonization by hippies that turned Vermont deep blue, the state has a libertarian streak that can be seen in its resistance to gun-grabbers. However,

On March 4, Burlington voters joined a push by elected officials throughout northeastern states to enact stiffer gun control measures. By a 2-to-1 margin, they banned the carry of firearms in bars and restaurants, authorized police to confiscate guns during domestic disputes and required gun owners to keep firearms locked up at home.

The attack has been incremental. At this point, the camel has far more than its nose in the tent. Virtually any law to further infringe on our right to bear arms needs to be resisted tooth and nail.

The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, which touts sheriffs as the highest law enforcement officials charged with defending the rights of citizens in states, claims that 17 police associations and nearly 500 sheriffs nationwide have pledged to defy unconstitutional gun control measures.

If Vermont sheriffs resist, they won’t be alone.

Sheriffs in Colorado are refusing to enforce that state’s new background checks and ban on high-capacity magazines. In Connecticut, tens of thousands of residents are refusing to comply with a new state law that requires registration of guns and high-capacity magazines. In Saratoga Springs, N.Y., citizens publicly protested the state’s new SAFE Act last week by burning a thousand gun registration forms.

If leftists are smart, they will back off for a while, and pray to the dark gods of authoritarianism for another school shooting. If they aren’t, things could get interesting. Quite a few of us are still Americans, despite the Hope & Change and Fundamental Transformation.