Utah sheriffs warn Obama of deadly war over guns
January 20, 2013 | 1:28 pm | Modified: January 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm
_Paul Bedard_ (http://washingtonexaminer.com/author/paul-bedard)
Washington Secrets The Washington Examiner
In the most strident warning over gun control to President Obama yet, the
Utah Sheriffs' Association is pledging to go to war over any administration
plan to take guns away, even if it means losing their lives.
Calling the Second Amendment a sacred right of citizens to protect
themselves from "tyrannical subjugation," the association state elected sheriffs
said in a new _letter_
, "we are prepared to trade our lives for the
preservation of its traditional interpretation."
Theirs is the first meaningful proof that _some in law enforcement_
n-guns/article/2518607#.UPw0uaU1lhQ) and the military are preparing to
fight federal forces if the president wins his goal of sweeping gun control.
In a direct warning to Obama, the FBI and other agencies, the sheriffs
wrote: "Make no mistake, as the duly-elected sheriffs our our respective
counties, we will enforce the rights guaranteed to our citizens by the
Constitution. No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents
and take from them what the Bill of Rights--in particular Amendment
II--has given them."
While he wants an assault weapons ban and limits on ammo magazines, the
president has not yet suggested he wants to confiscate guns.
The association revealed their concerns in a _letter_
to the president just
made public. It was sent on January 17. It opens by decrying the recent
shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
But the group argued that guns are simply "instruments," and that they are
needed by law-abiding citizens to sometimes subdue killers. "The citizenry
must continue its ability to keep and bear arms, including arms that
adequately protect them from all types of illegality," said the _letter_
Several groups have argued that assault weapons and high-capacity
magazines are needed for self defense.
The association also called on Obama to push his efforts through Congress,
not executive orders with no debate. "Please remember that the Founders of
this great nation created the Constitution, and its accompanying Bill of
Rights, an effort to protect citizens from all forms of tyrannical
The actual letter can be seen here -
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