RERop-ed: The Thin Brown Line

RERop-ed: The Thin Brown Line



As long as I remain Sheriff of Collin County, I will not participate in the actions of misguided politicians who seek to impede our citizen’s right to all of the privileges afforded by our Constitution.  Neither I, nor any of my deputies, will participate in the enforcement of laws that violate our precious constitutional rights, including our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. – Terry Box, Sheriff of Collin County Texas

Sheriff Box, of McKinney Texas, is in good company.  In Oregon, where Bloomberg-funded Democrat legislators have introduce Senate Bill SB 941, more than 20 of the State’s 36 county sheriffs have declared they will refuse to enforce the law if Governor Kate Brown signs it.  SB 941 is a 23-page assault on the Second Amendment that contains such ludicrous restrictions on personal freedom as a requirement that you obtain a criminal background check before loaning your shotgun to your son.

SB 941, which passed the Oregon Senate Tuesday 21 April, is designed not so much to make it more difficult to transfer firearms, as to make it easier to disarm firearms owners.  The bill stipulates that failure to comply with the impossible terms of the law can result in loss of Second Amendment “privileges” and consequent confiscation of all your guns.  And Oregon’s sheriffs are having none of it.

A similar situation pertains in Colorado, where 45 of the State’s 62 sheriffs have refused to enforce Governor John Hickenlooper’s 2013 un-Constitutional assault on the Second Amendment.  That the sheriffs are in alignment with the will of the People is evidenced by the fact that the first recall elections in Colorado State history deposed three State Senators – Senate President John Morse, Senator Angela Giron, and Senator Evie Hudak – for their contributions to the passage of Hickenlooper’s anti-gun law.

And in Maryland, Wicomico Country Sheriff Mike Lewis sent a clear message to Obama that, “I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip citizens of their right to bear arms.  If they attempt to do that, it will be an all-out civil war.  No question about it.”

And everyone is familiar with Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke who admonishes the citizens of Milwaukee County and greater Wisconsin to take responsibility for their own safety and well being by arming themselves.

And America’s Sheriff, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, said in a 2013 radio interview, “Now if they’re going to tell the sheriff that he’s going to go around picking up guns from everybody, they’re going to have a problem. … I’m going to arm all my deputies with automatic weapons and semi-automatic weapons.  We’re going to be able to fight back. … I don’t care what they say from Washington.”

And thousands of less famous but no less dedicated sheriffs in Texas, Kansas, Oregon, Missouri, California and other states across America have voiced their determination to hold the thin brown line against attempts at public disarmament by a totalitarian, tyrannical, and rightfully fearful-of-the-public federal government.

We applaud the sheriffs of Texas and America for their courage, and we unreservedly support them in their efforts to protect and defend both the Constitution and the People of the United States.  The thin brown line, the County Sheriff, is the last line of public defense against the socialist self-servants of the federal empire.

And the last line of personal defense is what these brave guardians of our rights are defending – our guns.


Update: The Oregonian reports that two separate recall petitions have been filed with the Oregon State Elections Office for the recall of SB 941 sponsor State Senator Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro), House Minority Leader Val Hoyl (D-Eugene), and State Representative Susan McLain (D-Forest Grove) for their support of Oregon Senate Bill SB 941.  Under Oregon law, the petitioners have up to 90 days to secure signatures representing 15% of the voters who voted in that district in the general election to trigger a recall election, to be held 35 days following signature verification.

G. E. Kruckeberg



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