North Carolina Sheriffs Respond to Hundreds About Second Amendment Concerns

WRAL in Raleigh reports that about 400 people turned up at at a Zebulon steakhouse on Wednesday last week to hear local sheriffs’ responses to Barack Obama’s proposed gun measures. From what was heard in the clips of the report, it looks to me like the residents of Wake County and those surrounding it need to send their sheriffs to see Sheriff Mack and get educated on the United States Constitution and their duties to the people that elected them.

The group that organized the event is called the Moccasin Creek Minutemen. They filled the steakhouse and the parking lot and even some stood outside to hear what was taking place.

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The first sheriff to speak, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison. Harrison said that he supports the Constitution and that he supports Second Amendment rights. I appreciate the fact that he stood up for concealed carry permit holders as he stated, “The good people is not the ones causing these problems and there’s a lot of other things out here other than guns that’s causing problems.” While he said he wouldn’t get on the issue, he did mention the fact that “discipline in the homes” was an issue. He said, “that’s where the problem is.” I agree, it is.

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Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones introduced himself and told about how things were when he was little and how guns were all around his house. Now things are different and things are supposed to be kept behind lock and key. He said this now puts his 84-year-old father at a disadvantage against those who would seek to rob from him. He said that he wanted to make sure that he did all he could to make sure the people of his county were protected.

finally Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders introduced himself and said that the sheriffs took their oath to the U.S. Constitution and the North Carolina Constitution seriously. He immediately addressed the issue of obedience of an executive order by the President of the United States. He said, “That is not the law. That is not in the Constitution.” He then warned that when your legislators create law, that is when people have to worry. He also assured the people of Wayne County that he would “not be going around taking up weapons from law abiding citizens.” He went on to say he didn’t think any of the other sheriffs would do that either and stated “the day I’m ordered to do that I can turn this badge in.”

Sheriff Harrison said assured the people present that “they (the Obama administration) can’t take your guns.” He even dealt with a few hypothetical issues concerning the law and enforcing such laws that may be legislated. He gave an issue about dealing with poker machines and sweepstakes games, indicating that they are not doing a thing about it until the law if made clear and that would be an issue that is determined by the courts.

Now the below video starts to demonstrate that lack of understanding of what the Second Amendment is and the definition of an “assault weapon” is by the Sheriffs. I think it is pertinent to actually listen to the conversation rather than explain it all. Hear this from the “horse’s mouth” so to speak, because now you will see Sheriff Harrison begin to vacillate on the Second Amendment in terms of types of weapons and high capacity magazines. This is where we must hold them accountable. Not only can they lose their office by not following the law, as they state, but they can lose that office if the people determine they don’t properly understand the law they are to uphold.

Here’s where the sheriffs address issues like firearms confiscation like that which took place during Hurricane Katrina:

Sheriff Jones was asked if the Federal government declared that guns were to be confiscated and a foreign entity like the national guard were sent in to confiscate guns would they allow that. Jones didn’t have an answer, but the people did and they told him, “The answer is ‘No!'”

One gentleman pointed to the sheriff’s response and told him that his response indicated that the Second Amendment is in play “sometimes” and they wanted to know when those “sometimes” are according to the sheriffs. Personally, I was concerned that there was not a good answer provided here.

Also, Sheriff Harrison said “No right is absolute.” He is right on the First Amendment and for good reason as he gave the example of yelling “Fire!” in a theater when there is no fire. However, the Second Amendment is not like yelling such things in a theater.

The sheriff’s oaths are simple and pointed and yet the gentlemen, while I’m sure well meaning, who said they took their oath seriously, had to go back and read it to know what was in it when asked if they took an oath to support the Constitution and defend it from enemies foreign and domestic.

People of North Carolina, it seems you have some good men in the office of sheriff, but they desperately need to be educated and refreshed on some things. I think they want to do the right thing, but from the answers I saw in the videos, I don’t know that they are willing to take the stand others have put forth at this point. I actually think they don’t realize how real the issue is right now.

I encourage you to get together and support sending your sheriffs to Sheriff Richard Mack‘s Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. It’s an investment in your elected official, the one that stands between you and the federal government.

Now is the time to support these men so that they are thoroughly equipped with the valuable information they need in a time of crisis.

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