Our Bill of Rights is a covenant between government and the people. They are rights that are God-given, but the amendments serve as guarantees of protection by the government. It is the duty of the executive branch to enforce laws but lately, the executive branch has appeared infinitely more-concerned with unilaterally enacting President Obama’s twisted idea of liberty than enforcing and protecting the rule of law.
After the shooting at UCC in Roseburg, Oregon, the national focus shined onto Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin who has, in the past, pledged to refuse to enforce unconstitutional “laws” that violate the Second Amendment.
Now, as the Obama Administration reportedly weighs whether to undermine the Second Amendment again by via additional unconstitutional executive orders, another sheriff has spoken up and is pledging to disregard any unconstitutional orders that come across his desk.
Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers recently appeared on a local PBS panel discussion to discuss Second Amendment issues. The Indiana sheriff firmly promised,
“If President Obama today said, ‘I’m creating an executive order that all sheriffs and police chiefs around this nation need to start registering firearms,’ I will disregard it.”
“We’ve always had this conversation that we need more reasonable gun control put in place,” Rogers said during the discussion. “But we have what is reasonable, in my opinion, and in fact it’s probably overdone.”
“I’m from the government, and I don’t think the government has any place in gun registration,” the sheriff continued. “The government shouldn’t know who’s got weapons … we’ve seen in other countries what could happen when the government knows who has what guns. And so I always discourage people from registering any guns … quite frankly it’s not something we push or promote.”
Rogers explained that not only is firearm ownership a protected right, but it’s a darn good idea.
“I think people are tired of being victims,” he said. “And a firearm is a great equalizer. Whether it’s a female, whether it’s an 80-year-old, the guy who’s kicking in your front door after he knocked and you don’t answer — that is a very scary event. And you can call 911, but I’m telling you, we’re not gonna make it in time to neutralize the threat … the people of this nation [have got] to take responsibility for their own safety.”
When there has been egregious acts of totalitarianism or mass tragedy at the hands of despots, many wonder, “Why didn’t someone do something?”
Following orders is easy; a true leader can understand that when a despot issues unconstitutional orders, such orders should be ignored. The Constitution is supreme and until it is changed, the law is the law.