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Home : News : SLC Utah Sheriffs send open letter to President on gun control
abc4.com ^ | 21 January, 2013 | Marcos Ortiz

Posted on 01/24/2013 3:29:30 PM PST by marktwain

HEBER CITY Utah (ABC 4 News) - Utah's sheriffs are prepared to take on the president when it comes to guns.

Last week they sent him a letter stating they would not enforce any new gun laws they believe are unconstitional.

"We are prepared to trade our lives in defense of the constitution of the United States," says Summit County Sheriff David Edmunds.

28 of Utah's 29 sheriffs signed off on the letter. Edmunds says it's meant as a preemptive strike in case the president enacts tougher gun laws like limiting assault rifles or restricting the amount of ammo in a gun clip.

"It's important in government that there's always push back," the sheriff says. "If there's something that may be unconstitutional that we raise a voice and say no we're not going to allow anyone's rights to be trampled."

(Excerpt) Read more at abc4.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: banglist; constitution; guncontrol; secondamendment; sheriff; ut
This should be national news. Has it been mentioned in the NYTs?
1 posted on 01/24/2013 3:29:44 PM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

HALLELUIA, HALLELUIA


2 posted on 01/24/2013 3:39:25 PM PST by kitkat
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To: marktwain
Lots of this going on.. maybe this is how it will happen. County sheriffs with citizen posses confronting hordes of "it all counts toward 30" federal GS thugs -- probably including a lot of recently converted ILLEGAL alien citizens recruited by the Obama Administration.

No matter how it happens the military is going to have to choose sides.

3 posted on 01/24/2013 3:43:36 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: marktwain

‘We are prepared to trade our lives....’

The President and the collectivists may actually take them up on that.


4 posted on 01/24/2013 3:45:20 PM PST by lurk
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To: marktwain

5 posted on 01/24/2013 3:47:21 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: marktwain
""We are prepared to trade our lives in defense of the constitution of the United States," says Summit County Sheriff David Edmunds. "

 

Screen got blurry there for a sec. Must be old age. God Bless Sheriff Edmunds.

6 posted on 01/24/2013 3:54:17 PM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: marktwain
Who is the holdout 29th UT County Sheriff? Why is he holding out?
7 posted on 01/24/2013 3:59:58 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: MasterGunner01

I think its the sheriff of the county around Salt lake city.


8 posted on 01/24/2013 4:06:12 PM PST by riverrunner
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To: MasterGunner01

Another posting identified the 29th sheriff as a libturd from Salt Lake City. And he doesn’t understand how people or the other 28 sheriffs can think that our gubmint would ever do such a thing. He views the letter as “unnecessary & confrontational” or something along those lines.


9 posted on 01/24/2013 4:08:48 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: MasterGunner01

Per Google: “(KUTV) Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder was the only Utah sheriff who did not add his name to a bold letter addressed to President Barack Obama, because he does not consider the president’s recent gun control package a threat to the Second Amendment, Winder said on Monday.”


10 posted on 01/24/2013 4:12:39 PM PST by kitkat
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To: kitkat; All

Here is the letter:

7 January 2013

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

We, the elected sheriffs of Utah, like so many of our fellow Americans, are literally
heartbroken for the loved ones of the murdered victims in Connecticut. As Utahans, we are
not strangers to this kind of carnage – one of the latest being the 2007 Trolley Square murders wherein nine innocents were gunned down – five losing their lives.

We also recognize the scores of other recent domestic massacres, which have decimated
countless honorable lives. As Americans, we value the sanctity of life. Furthermore, similar to
our inspired Founders, we acknowledge our subservience to a higher power.

With the number of mass shootings America has endured, it is easy to demonize firearms; it is
also foolish and prejudiced. Firearms are nothing more than instruments, valuable and
potentially dangerous, but instruments nonetheless. Malevolent souls, like the criminals who
commit mass murders, will always exploit valuable instruments in the pursuit of evil. As
professional peace officers, if we understand nothing else, we understand this: lawful violence
must sometimes be employed to deter and stop criminal violence. Consequently, the citizenry
must continue its ability to keep and bear arms, including arms that adequately protect them
from all types of illegality.

As your administration and Congress continue to grapple with the complex issue of firearm
regulations, we pray that the Almighty will guide the People’s Representatives collectively.
For that reason, it is imperative this discussion be had in Congress, not silenced unilaterally
by executive orders. As you deliberate, please remember the Founders of this great nation
created the Constitution, and its accompanying Bill of Rights, in an effort to protect citizens
from all forms of tyrannical subjugation.

We respect the Office of the President of the United States of America. But, make no mistake,
as the duly-elected sheriffs of 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. We, like you, swore a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the
United States, and we are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional
interpretation.

The Utah Sheriffs’ Association


11 posted on 01/24/2013 4:19:44 PM PST by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

Brave words, by brave men.


12 posted on 01/24/2013 4:20:55 PM PST by exit82b
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To: marktwain

I love these guys. The more people that take a public stand like this, the less likely it is to come to a physical fight.


13 posted on 01/24/2013 4:30:35 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: kitkat

A bunch of SLC County residents need to explain the facts of life to Sheriff Winder. “If you do not stand for us and the 2nd Amendment, we must assume you stand with the forces of Obama that oppose the Constitution and Bill of Rights. In short, you, sir, are a traitor to the citizens of this county and the oath you swore.”


14 posted on 01/24/2013 4:40:40 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: marktwain

“We, like you, swore a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and we are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional interpretation.”

I couldn’t be more proud of these Sheriffs....God bless them all.


15 posted on 01/24/2013 4:43:27 PM PST by Gator113 (Leave my guns alone and REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS!!)
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To: Gator113

NO WORRIES the millitary will soon shoot them....

After the ones that pass Obummer’s litmus test are promoted and those who fail are drummed out of the service....


16 posted on 01/24/2013 4:50:16 PM PST by GraceG
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To: GraceG

I will stand with the Sheriffs.... I did for 30 years. ;>)


17 posted on 01/24/2013 4:59:23 PM PST by Gator113 (Leave my guns alone and REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS!!)
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To: Gator113

Number Of Nation's Sheriffs Refusing To Enforce Unconstitutional Gun Laws Snowballs

http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/number-nations-sheriffs-refusing-enforce-unconstitutional-gun-laws
18 posted on 01/24/2013 5:17:37 PM PST by deks ("...the battle...liberty against the overreach of the federal government" Ken Cuccinelli)
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To: deks

Great news.

I have yet to hear of any police chiefs standing up to be counted. I always knew we were better than the city boys in blue.


19 posted on 01/24/2013 5:57:21 PM PST by Gator113 (Leave my guns alone and REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS!!)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Local Sheriffs could “deputize” entire segments of their local populations, outfitting them with automatic weapons and riot gear in order to repel hostile, gun-grabbing, tyrannical “Feds.”


20 posted on 01/24/2013 6:03:29 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: rcrngroup
He views the letter as “unnecessary...” or something along those lines.

Let's hope he's right.

21 posted on 01/24/2013 6:16:44 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: marktwain

I am sure there is a huge silent group that are irked by this and are ready to step up and pull a trigger at these imbeciles we call leaders. In the voting booth.


22 posted on 01/24/2013 6:22:43 PM PST by 23 Everest (When seconds count. The police are just 23 minutes away. 831 Bonnie)
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To: marktwain

I remember reading that,duringProhibition,many local/State LEO’s thought “It’s a Federal problem,let the Feds enforce it”. The Utah sheriffs saying they won’t allow it could have the effect of taking things to the next level if Fed.gov, in their hubris, decides to call them on it.

What I’m trying to say is is “not allowing” is not passive. It,in this case,involves that one will take active steps to prevent the other party from carrying out their intentions. Which, in,this case,is Fed.gov acting under “Color of Law”. I guess everyone here can see what it could lead to.

Just in case anybody’s wondering, I support the Utah Sheriffs in this.


23 posted on 01/24/2013 7:55:21 PM PST by moemoll
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To: GraceG

If you are planning to bring this defeatist attitude to the fight don’t come at all.

If it comes to the point that the military is shooting civilians on a nationwide scale then we will be in the biggest civil war in the history of man. The military that sides with DC would get crushed. The military is Us. We the people will have tanks, aircraft, drones, millions of combat experienced vets from grey haired crotchity old farts to young fighters recently discharged. Most state governments will not permit the Feds to kill their citzens. Many of the people who voted for Obama when seeing good, peaceful, members of their communities arrested or shot for not disarming will say “I didn’t vote for this” and they will take up arms.

Guess I still have faith.

I love the statement these sheriffs made. They looked the Feds in the eye, put their hands on their pistols and said don’t even try it. When the Sheriff of Moore County Tennessee says the same thing I’m going to call him and tell him to put my name on his list of potential defenders. I have no military experience and I have some gray hair but I can help somehow.


24 posted on 01/24/2013 7:55:30 PM PST by outofpatience
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To: marktwain

Here is the reply I got from Florida Senator Bill Nelson:
Seems like its just all about hunting to Bill.

Dear Mr. xxxxxxxx:

Thank you for contacting me about policy proposals that seek to reduce gun violence in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown.

I am a hunter and have always owned guns, and I support the Second Amendment.

But assault weapons such as AK 47s are intended for killing, not hunting.

Solutions for reducing gun violence must address many areas, from protecting law enforcement and keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals, to school safety, access to mental health services, and confronting a culture that sometimes glorifies violence.

I support reinstating the assault weapons ban and restoring the 10-round limit for ammunition magazines. And, I support universal background checks so that we can know if person buying a weapon has a criminal record.

I appreciate hearing your views on this very important issue, and I will keep them in mind. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future.

Sincerely,
Bill Nelson


25 posted on 01/24/2013 8:11:34 PM PST by Captain7seas (Fire Jane Lubchenco)
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To: ez
He views the letter as “unnecessary...” or something along those lines.

Let's hope he's right.

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Well.....maybe. And maybe we have already reached the point of no return, and we need a great, savage excessive provocation by 0dumb0 & his fellow RAT bastard socialist demoRATs to cause America to rise up mightly against these treasonous bastards, and to reclaim & take back our country!

Whenever any liberal demturd says anything on any subject (as in the case of this Salt Lake City Sheriff Windner, I believe was his name), I am convinced that we need to go & act or respond in exactly the opposite direction. Demturds & liberals are pathologically evil & mentally disordered as Michael Savage says in his book.

26 posted on 01/24/2013 8:59:21 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: marktwain
It's been out there for days...
27 posted on 01/24/2013 10:05:13 PM PST by glock rocks (Pro Deo et Constitutione - Libertas aut Mors)
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To: rcrngroup

I agree that our side...the “American” side ... has to be VERY vocal in the support of our rights. That’s why I have broken a five year moratorium from doing politics on Facebook to come out and support the Second Amendment. Unfortunately I have lost a few “friends” over it. So be it, this fight is at the core of my beliefs.

I just hope that the need to give our lives, as these Sheriffs have pledged never comes to pass.

As a wise man said...Pray for Peace, but prepare for War.


28 posted on 01/25/2013 3:24:54 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: glock rocks

Thanks for posting it earlier. You would think that 97 percent of a State’s sheriffs telling the President to *back off* would be newsworthy, wouldn’t you?

Not a peep from the national MSM.


29 posted on 01/25/2013 7:20:37 AM PST by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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