'Unconstitutional' gun control
laws won't be enforced
By Ed Payne and Ric Ward, CNN
updated 5:08 PM EST, Wed January 16, 2013
Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller joins several other public officials across the nation who have decided to square off with the White House even before it outlines what its plans are for expanded measures.
Mueller sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden this week saying he won't enforce any federal regulation "offending the constitutional rights of my citizens." He won't permit federal officers to come to his county to enforce such laws either, he said.
Mueller's defiant stand exploded into a groundswell of support. His letter -- posted on the department's Facebook page -- earned more than 59,000 likes and shares -- and was growing by the minute.
Over the weekend, Sheriff Denny Peyman of Jackson County, Kentucky, said that he too would disobey any directive from the administration. He told residents in a town hall meeting that the sheriff has more power than the federal government. "They need to go back and study that. We are a commonwealth. I can ask federal people to leave, they have to leave. I can ask state people to leave, they have to leave," he said. But Wednesday on CNN, Peyman said he would enforce laws approved by Congress. "If it goes through Congress, if it becomes law, if it goes that way, yeah, I'd enforce the law," he said.
In Texas, a lawmaker said this week that he will introduce legislation that would make it illegal to enforce a federal gun ban.
"At some point there needs to be a showdown between the states and the federal government over the Supremacy Clause," Republican Rep. Steve Toth told WOAI 1200-AM. "It is our responsibility to push back when those laws are infringed by King Obama."
Local officials don't get to make that call, CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin said. "A sheriff does not get to decide whether laws are constitutional," he said. "Unless a court invalidates a law, he's obligated to enforce it."
GCC comment: Another liberal attorney fool who thinks because he is a legal analyst for the liberal government controled media, CNN, that he now is a Constitutional scholar. I'll bet he has never really studied the Constitution in depth or read any of the letters between the founders expressing their intent. A Sheriff certainly CAN make that call little Jeffery Toobin. Why do you think there is wording in the "oath of office" they all take, referring to upholding the Constitution and protecting peoples rights under it. How the hell do you think they would be able to do that without knowledge of the Constitution and the latitude to make those determinations. You don't have to be a scholar, attorney, or judge to understand the Constitution. It was written plainly for the average person to understand. It says what it says and means whay it means. Attorneys would have you think there are many different ways to interpret it. Many fools say that about the Bible also. If that were true, it would mean our founding fathers and GOD were idiots for having a document and Book written that were very confusing, not concise and to the point..... and I know that is not the case. Our society seems to abound with fools like little Jeffery, a paid, stupid lackey for CNN. Also, a Supreme Court decision CANNOT change the Constitution. Only a Constitutional Convention can do that, which is not an easy task. Several Supreme Court decisions in the past clearly state that any law passed in contravention to our Constitution are null and void from the very beginning.
In any event, local police wouldn't be responsible for enforcing federal gun laws, CNN Legal Analyst Paul Callan said. "The FBI will be enforcing them, treasury agents will enforce them. It won't be local police who would be out making sure federal gun regulations are enforced," he said.
GCC comment: Oh no.... another damned fool attorney, little Pauli. There wouldn't be enough federal agents to enforce it.... they would try to get the help of local police. The Sheriff of the county has the authority to tell the feds to leave.
Other recommendations by Biden's panel include tougher enforcement of existing laws, legislators briefed by the vice president said Tuesday.
Support surprises sheriff
In Linn County, the support for Mueller's letter caught the sheriff's office by surprise.
"Sheriff Tim Mueller is humbled and amazed at the support people near and far have expressed to his letter. Thank you!" said a post on the department's Facebook page.
A post by Jill Leiser Crowley of Eugene expressed the opinions of many.
"Thank you for standing up for our Constitutional Rights!!!" it said. "You are doing the right thing for the people of Linn County - I can only hope other counties will follow!!!"
But Karin Hunt, another Oregonian, questioned the sheriff's stance.
"I would expect (an) officer to enforce the laws of Oregon and the U.S.A. whether he agrees with the law or not," she said. "That's taking the law into your own hands."
GCC comment: Poor Karin is obviously not well educated in these matters and seems to be merely expressing her opinion without knowledge. The ones taking the law into their own hands and ignoring our Constitution are the communists who have taken over OUR White House.... Obama and all the other slimy rats. Her comments are ignorant. Why should ANY Sheriff even bother taking an oath to protect our rights under the Constitution if he does not have the discretion to see if any law passed lines up with the Constitution which is the SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND. He would then be a puppet of government, just enforcing any law they pass, at their behest, right or wrong, having no more authority other than to do what he is told to by gov. This is not how freedom works. The Sheriff is part of a check and balance system. If he did not have this power, there would be no need for him to even read the Constitution or know what is in it. Any moron should be able to figure this out.
The White House knows it can expect a fight.
"Part of the challenge we confront is that even the slightest hint of some sensible, responsible legislation in this area fans this notion that somehow, 'Here it comes, everybody's guns are going to be taken away,' " Obama said Monday.
Getting any legislation passed may prove to be difficult.
GCC comment: None of the legislation passed against the 2nd Amendment is sensible or responsible, and none of it is spoken of or required in that Amendment. Obama makes it sound like people are overeacting and paranoid but his tactics are a duplicate of Hitlers. if any of you take the time to compare the two, you will see that. I think concealed carry license is unconstitutional. In the old days anyone could carry a gun. That's the way it should be now except for mentally unstable people.
Polls support change
Although some officials have come out against new gun control laws, Americans as a whole are looking for some sort of change after the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings last month that took the lives of 20 grade school children and seven adults.
By a 51%-45% margin, Americans questioned in a new Pew Research Center poll said. And by a 52%-35% margin, a new ABC News/Washington Post survey indicates the public says it is more likely to support some forms of gun control after last month's massacre. However, the polls showed continuing divisions along political and gender lines. Still, one Oregon resident warned against passing laws that would conflict with the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.
GCC comment: ANY stupid moron that thinks it's more important to control gun ownership than to protect gun rights does not deserve to have freedom or protection!!
Who in their right mind would believe any poll taken by these liberal Obama loving media or research groups.
"Constitutional changes must be made properly with Congressional and judicial approval, and by a majority of the citizens of the USA, not by the order of a tyrant in Washington D.C.!!!" said Rick Carter of Pendleton. "I stand with the brave Sheriff!" The battle lines could not be clearer.