Sheriff Danny Peyman of Jackson County, Ky., reminded Americans who are concerned about the Federal government’s continued efforts to destroy the United States Constitution that there is still a powerful and peaceful means of resistance: the county sheriff.
We do our fair share of calling out crooked, Constitution-abusing police officers in the United States here at Personal Liberty Digest. So it’s nice to speak to and have the opportunity to write about members of the American law enforcement community who know the true meaning of the oaths they have taken. Peyman is most certainly one of them.
The Kentucky sheriff, speaking about the current gun control debate that has raged throughout the Nation, said last week: “My office will not comply with any federal action which violates the United States Constitution or the Kentucky Constitution which I swore to uphold. Let them pull that stuff in other places if they want, but not in Jackson County, Kentucky.”
The brave officer hopes that his public message will encourage other members of the law enforcement community to join him in resisting Federal abuses of power.
“Just a few of us have to be willing to stand up to political opposition putting our people at risk,” Peyman said. “The other side will back down.”
That is a message that resounded with Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) Founder Richard Mack, who said in an interview with Personal Liberty: “I congratulate and applaud that sheriff for standing up for the Constitution and for the people of his county.”
Mack — who in 1997 won a Supreme Court case that allows State and local officials to refuse to enforce certain regulations that curb individual rights — asserts that sheriffs throughout the Nation should follow Peyman’s lead in protecting the Constitution against Federal overreach.
“Plain and simple, the sheriff of every county has taken an oath to not only protect his people from gangs and burglars, but also from anyone who threatens their Constitutional rights,” Mack said. “If any sheriff in the Nation says ‘well, I’m busy out here fighting the drug war, so it’s ok for the Federal government to come in and violate people’s rights,’ he’s not doing his job.”
Mack said there are some sheriffs throughout the country who haven’t been receptive to the CSPOA message. That, he blames on the possibility that they are afraid to lose out on the massive amount of Federal grant money that is doled out to law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation every year.
“I’ve told sheriffs throughout the country that they should stop taking this money,” Mack said. “It should be illegal and is certainly immoral. Sometimes, grants are given freely; and sometimes, they require some sort of compliance with the Federal government. But the same thing that we tell kids in stranger-danger classes applies: Sometimes, people handing things out freely are up to no good.”
The bottom line, according to Mack, is that the policies that the Administration of Barack Obama is pushing — even beyond gun control — will have a severe impact on American liberty. And the Nation’s freedom-loving people, the sheriff contends, so far have not been able to rely on even most members of the GOP to reverse them.
Asked what he believes the Federal government’s ultimate gun control goal is, Mack responded: “Registration and confiscation. They’re already talking about complete registration of firearms; well, history tells us what the next step is: confiscation. Hitler did the same thing in Germany and other countries that mandated complete registration did, too.”
Mack believes that the gun-grab agenda could be halted if just one-third of the Nation’s 3,100 sheriffs took the same position as Peyman.
“Every sheriff in this country can stop it,” he said. “And can you imagine how cowardly sheriffs that would stand by and let the Federal government come in and take guns and property — whatever they want — would have to be not to stand up for their people.”
CSPOA advises Americans to get in touch with their local sheriff and make sure that they vow to uphold the Constitution and protect local interests.
“It’s like Thomas Jefferson said; local government governs best,” Mack said. “And sheriffs should understand that and involve the community in keeping the area safe. Sheriff [Joe] Arpaio is setting an excellent example of that right now.”
Mack was referring to a program Arpaio, the sheriff of the Maricopa County, Ariz., has put in place whereby responsible, local gun owners who are trained by the department are patrolling streets around schools in a bid to deter crime and possible gun violence.
“The Sheriff is starting this School Posse program in order to allow everyone to feel safe sending their kids to school,” Arpaio spokesman Brandon Jones told The Daily Beast. “Using the history of his Mall Patrol Posse, statistically driving down crime at the local malls, he believes this is an appropriate way to address the public’s outcry for more security in and around schools.”
Mack said that people throughout the Nation should call their sheriffs and suggest similar approaches to making the ties closer between law enforcement and the general public.
“Isn’t that how it’s supposed to be?” Mack asked. “Neighbors looking out for neighbors.”
Learn more about the CSPOA here. And don’t forget to encourage your local sheriff to join the mission to protect the Constitution from Federal meddling.
Update: Find below a video of a press conference Sheriff Peyman held Saturday explaining his reasons for staunchly defending the Second Amendment.