By Lyle Rapacki
The Sheriff is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in the county in which he/her is elected and serves. The Sheriff has the full and complete authorization needed to protect and defend the citizens in the county, and to serve and protect the constitutional freedoms granted by that hallowed document. The Office of the Sheriff has long been simply viewed as another link in the law enforcement community, and to a proper extent this is true. But through a lack of education the Sheriff has the moral and full legal and constitutional responsibility to protect the citizens within his/her county from the crimes of our own government, and the attempts to infringe or even take away from the Constitution and Bill of Rights given to us by our Forefathers.
The founders of America warned us that we would lose more freedoms from gradual encroachments by those in authority than by sudden usurpations from any foreign enemy. The battle today is for the soul of our exceptional nation; whether or not we will accept Marxism, or will we save America as the last bastion of hope for freedom and personal liberty. Make no mistake, and don’t be deceived by smooth talking politicians who proclaim universal health control, forced equality through governmental redistribution of wealth, and the removal of religious beliefs and expressions; then the emotional and seemingly daily front and center gun control (interpret gun confiscation). Our Founders forewarned us about the attempt to impose despotism on us:
“When ALL government shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.” – Thomas Jefferson
The regrettable catastrophe we are all now facing is that our American Republic has been replaced by a corrupt system of political correctness. The founders of America warned us repeatedly to avoid gun control, a welfare state, a police state, entangling foreign alliances, a grandiose and omnipotent central government, enslaving taxation, paper money not backed by gold and silver standard, and more! A limited central government was the goal, as the framers of our new country knew that freedom couldn’t exist with an all-powerful over-reaching government. History shows us that the bigger the government, the smaller the freedom for individuals. The political platforms of both political parties continue to move toward a large and central government, and away from individual freedoms. Our founders warned us not to be seduced or the consequences would be severe and catastrophic.
Sheriff Richard Mack, Founder and President of Constitutional Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association, has taught nationally on the powers and authorities of the Sheriff. It has been my privilege to personally know and work with Sheriff Mack the past ten years. During one of his trainings to sheriffs and law enforcement officers, Mack said, “The Sheriff must rise to the challenges and erect the barriers and keep those at bay who would confiscate bank accounts, guns, land, property, and children. Sheriffs, you are the people’s sworn protector. You cannot shrink from that duty merely because the violator comes in town with a three-piece suit and a fancy attaché’ case.”
A growing number of Sheriffs are not only rising to the challenges from a central and power hungry government, but are rising in defense of the Second Amendment, and, indeed, the Constitution itself! Our Founding Fathers would be proud, and the citizens in the counties which these sheriffs serve should be proud of these professionals, also. Thank your Sheriff for fully embracing your constitutional office.
Rural Sheriffs Defy New Gun Measures
SANTA FE, N.M.—In swaths of rural America, county sheriffs, prosecutors and other local officials are mounting resistance to gun-control measures moving through legislatures in Democratic-led states.
The “Second Amendment sanctuary” movement has taken hold in more than 100 counties in several states, including New Mexico and Illinois, where local law-enforcement and county leaders are saying they won’t enforce new legislation that infringes on the constitutional right to bear arms.
For instance, in New Mexico, 30 of 33 county sheriffs have signed a letter pledging to not help enforce several gun-control measures supported by Democrats in Santa Fe, according to the state’s sheriff association. The sheriffs, who are elected, say they are heeding the wishes of voters in the counties they serve. More than two dozen counties in the state have enacted “sanctuary” resolutions backing the sheriffs and affirming that no tax dollars in their jurisdictions should go to enforcing the proposed laws.
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