The most controversial — and possibly the boldest — warning over gun control comes from the Utah Sheriffs’ Association, who have pledged to go to war over any administration that plans to take guns away from Americans.
The association warned President Obama in a letter that they were willing to lay down their lives to protect their Second Amendment Rights. The group calls the Second Amendment a “sacred right of citizens” to protect themselves from “tyrannical subjugation.” In a letter, addressed to the president, the association states, “We are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional interpretation.”
While the president has suggested an assault weapons ban and limit on ammo magazines, he has not yet spoke of a complete confiscation of guns. Should that happen, is this letter proof that some law enforcement officials are willing and prepared to fight federal forces to protect the Second Amendment?
In a direct warning to Obama, the sheriffs wrote:
“Make no mistake, as the duly-elected sheriffs our our respective counties, we will enforce the rights guaranteed to our citizens by the Constitution. 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.”
The association’s letter was made public recently but was sent to the White House on January 17. The letter opens with mention of the Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre and goes on to talk about Utah’s own history with gun violence — specifically the 2007 Trolley Square Murders that killed five.
The group urges Obama to push his efforts through Congress, not make executive orders.
The group is not the first to suggest that the law-abiding citizens of American need guns to protect themselves against harm: “The citizenry must continue its ability to keep and bear arms, including arms that adequately protect them from all types of illegality.”
The letter urges, “Please remember that the Founders of this great nation created the Constitution, and its accompanying Bill of Rights, an effort to protect citizens from all forms of tyrannical subjugation.”
You can read the full letter here.
Do you think that people such as these sheriffs are willing and ready to physically fight against gun control?