Examiner.com, by Christopher Collins, 08/30/13 – On Thursday, President Obama issued new executive orders announcing new gun control measures including targeting military surplus imports, angering many including the NRA and opposition by county sheriffs, police associations, and police chiefs has grown substantially by Thursday evening.
The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) began a mounting list of law enforcement associations, Sheriffs, and police chiefs on July 2013 who oppose President Obama and the democrats push to restrict lawful gun owners’ rights.
CSPOA said, “The following sheriffs, state sheriff’s associations, and police chiefs have vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution against Obama’s unconstitutional gun control measures. We applaud these public servants for their courage and conviction.”
On Thursday evening, 18 sheriff associations signed on including the Georgia Sheriffs Association.
While all of the 18 associations stated their reasons, the Georgia Sheriffs Association said, “The sheriffs took an oath to support the Constitution and will stand by the 2nd Amendment. The sheriffs will aggressively oppose federal or state legislation which infringes upon law abiding citizens’ right to bear arms.”
“The sheriffs further agree to support any legislation that would effectively penalize criminals who use firearms in the commission of crimes.”
Individual county sheriffs who signed on to oppose Obama’s gun control laws has grown two-fold, at 479 from July 2013 to August 30, 2013, including Paulding County, Georgia Sheriff, Gary Gulledge.
The push to oppose Obama’s gun control measures was inspired by Richard Mack, a former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, and a two-time candidate for United States Congress..
In a speech in February 2013, Mack quoted Abraham Lincoln by saying, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Mack said, “The county sheriff is the last line of defense when it comes to upholding and defending the Constitution. The sheriff’s duties and obligations go far beyond writing tickets, arresting criminals and operating jails.”
“We also have an obligation to protect the Constitutional rights of the citizens in our counties. This includes the right to free speech, the right to assemble and the right to bear arms. Remember the oath. We took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, from enemies foreign and domestic,” said Mack.
“In the history of our world, it is government tyranny that has violated the freedoms granted to us by our Creator more than any other… and it is the duty of the sheriff to protect their counties from those that would take away our freedoms, both foreign and domestic, whether it is a terrorist from Yemen or a bureaucrat from Washington, DC.”
On Wednesday, a Harvard study titled “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?” was reported on by Breitbart News revealed that the findings demonstrated that more gun laws may in fact increase death rates in which the study says that “the mantra that more guns mean more deaths and that fewer guns, therefore, mean fewer deaths” is wrong.