Gun grabbers have been on a rampage of late, doing their best to undermine the Second Amendment.
However, the nation’s Sheriffs have have mostly united to stand firm and respect citizens’ constitutionally guaranteed rights. Colorado has recently been the bully pulpit of President Obama, campaigning for more gun control. In response to new, intrusive and unconstitutional gun laws, the Colorado Sheriffs have issued several statements backing the Second Amendment, not the Feds.
The CO Sheriffs leave no doubt where they stand:
County Sheriffs of Colorado believe in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution that guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms and that this right shall not be infringed. As our state and country continue to discuss and debate gun control legislation, the position of our founders remains clear.
CSOC will not waiver on our defense of the Constitution and will stand to preserve every constituent’s right to possess a firearm. We believe the Second Amendment is no less important than the other nine Amendments contained in the Bill of Rights.
Also, gun control does not equate to lower crime rates, which is really what we strive for. Washington D.C. and Chicago, two cities known for their strict gun control laws, have some of the highest rates of violent crime. In fact, in 2012 Chicago’s homicide rate increased 16 percent over the prior year according to the New York Times.
And Colorado Sheriffs also weighed in on the “assault weapon ban”:
The County Sheriffs of Colorado oppose a ban on so-called “assault weapons” because of its vague definition. What many call “assault weapons” are actually semi-automatic rifles that operate the same as any other rifle in that they fire one bullet for every one time a trigger is pulled. Semi-automatic rifles are not machine guns. They do not spray fire like a machine gun.
The term “assault weapons” often is employed incorrectly to describe an ordinary semi-automatic rifle such as an AR-15, which millions of responsible Americans own without ever harming another person.
Now, in an attempt to circumvent the Colorado Sheriffs’ stand, CO lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that would pushback on the local lawmakers. Although Federal law usually trumps state law, the Sheriffs are not compelled to enforce the Federal law. With the new legislation, Federal law enforcement would have the same powers in the state as the Colorado LEO.
Essentially, this is one more power play by the Feds, via the Colorado, Dem-controlled legislature, to infringe on citizens’ rights.
Let’s hope the NRA, the Sheriffs, and every gun owner and Second Amendment proponent in Colorado is ready to stand firm and fight for our rights! Our battle cry going forward, in the memorable words of Charlton Heston:
“You can have my guns when you take them from my cold, dead hands.”
(h/t Shane Freeman)