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.
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,
defiant stand exploded into a groundswell of support. His letter --
posted on the department's Facebook
earned more than 59,000 likes and shares -- and was growing by the
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.
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.
Wednesday on CNN, Peyman said he would enforce laws approved by
it goes through Congress, if it becomes law, if it goes that way,
yeah, I'd enforce the law," he said.
Texas, a lawmaker said this week that he will introduce legislation
that would make it illegal to enforce a federal gun ban.
some point there needs to be a showdown between the states and the
federal government over the
Republican Rep. Steve Toth told WOAI 1200-AM. "It is our
responsibility to push back when those laws are infringed by King
you for standing up for our Constitutional Rights!!!" it said.
are doing the right thing for the people of Linn County -
can only hope other counties will follow!!!"
Karin Hunt, another Oregonian, questioned the sheriff's stance.
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."
White House knows it can expect a fight.
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.
any legislation passed may prove to be difficult.
some officials have come out against new gun control laws, Americans
as a whole are looking
for some sort of changeafter
the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings last month that took the lives of
20 grade school children and seven adults.
a 51%-45% margin, Americans questioned in a new Pew Research Center
poll said it was more important to control gun ownership than to
protect gun rights.
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.
Oregon resident warned against passing laws that would conflict with
the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.
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
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