Whoa! Seems Missouri’s sheriffs didn’t get the memo about helping the Feds disarm us. And so Sheriff Charles Heiss of Johnson County has written a scorching yet diplomatic letter to Obummer, warning him to keep his dirty mitts off the Second Amendment and his despotism out of Missouri.
About a dozen sheriffs have signed the letter so far; said one, Michael Dixon of Osage County, “On the same day the President is taking his oath to uphold the Constitution, he continues to attack our 2nd Amendment rights … As Osage County Sheriff, I also took an Oath to the Constitution; but unlike Obama, I intend to uphold mine.” Oh, wow, direct shot!
I know you’ll cheer the sheriffs’ correspondence as much as I, so here it is in its entirety but for the headings (I can’t stand to see that thug in the White House addressed as “Honorable,” no how).
Dear Mr. President,
My name is Charles M. Heiss and I am the Sheriff of Johnson County, Missouri. I have held this office since January 1, 1997. I am writing to you to express my concern with the tone of your administration with respect to the Second Amendment Rights of American citizens. It appears to me and many Americans that there is a genuine desire on the part of your administration to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law abiding American citizens in the interest of curbing gun violence in our nation.
Throughout our nation’s history the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights has served as the very foundation of our free society. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution has long guaranteed our citizens the right to keep and bare arms and is central to our ability to live in a free society. Any attempt to restrict these Second Amendment rights through executive order is unconstitutional and tantamount to an all-out assault on the United States Constitution. Just as the Fourth Amendment to the constitution guarantees our citizens the right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable search and seizure, the Second Amendment guarantees each of us the right to keep and bare arms to protect ourselves from anyone who would seek to cause us harm. This includes the federal Government.World history has shown us that when a society does not possess the ability to defend itself it becomes ripe for victimization by criminals, and ripe for government oppression. One need not look too far in today’s world to see glaring examples of defenseless people being brutalized by rogue regimes and dictators. Syria, North Korea, and Mali are just a few examples of this type of oppression. Mexico is a stark reminder of a society overrun with criminal element in the form of Drug Cartels.
As the duly elected Sheriff of Johnson County, Missouri, it is my sworn duty to protect and defend the Constitutions of the United States of America, and the State of Missouri against all enemies both foreign and domestic. This means I not only have the duty to protect my constituents from incidents of crime, but I also have a duty and responsibility to protect and preserve the individual rights and liberties afforded and guaranteed to every citizen by our constitutions. This, Mr. President is a duty I fully understand, appreciate, and will carry out with great vigor and conviction. I will most certainly urge my fellow Sheriffs in the State of Missouri and across this great nation to rise to the defense and aid of all Americans should the federal government attempt to enact any legislation, or executive order that impedes, erodes, or otherwise diminishes their constitutional right to keep and bare arms. I will use all means legal to meet this solemn and sacred responsibility.
Charles M. Heiss
Sheriff Johnson County, Missouri.
Thanks to Bob Wangelin for sending me the article; I hope with him that “these people back up what they say.”6:00 pm on January 22, 2013 Email Becky Akers