Sheriffs’ Open Letter to Obama – Lock and Load Time


Utah Sheriffs Willing to Die to Protect Traditional Constitutional Interpretation


 “But, make no mistake, as the duly-elected sheriffs of our respective counties, we will enforce the rights guaranteed to our citizens by the Constitution. No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights-in particular Amendment II-has given them. …Utah Sheriffs


   …by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor             …featuring the Utah Sheriffs’ Association


Sherrifs putting their lives on the line for the Constitution

Dear Folks, The earth is moving under our feet now. We are seeing some really grass roots movements emerging, and this time by key organizations taking the leadership rather than sticking their finger into the air and waiting until it is safe to declare which side they are on.

As usual, there is no word from the main line veteran organizations. They have a tremendous opportunity now to formally align with these sheriffs’ association to offer their support not only politically on the gun control issues, but to offer to discuss county militia plans under sheriffs’ and state control.

They could do this by deputizing tens of thousands of them  and having them all formally organized and administered. This would throw a huge curve ball into the debate equation.

We will be watching closely if the Koch brothers or Shelly Adelson offers $10 million for them to organize them nationally to make them a Republican sock puppet tool for trying to win the White House back. They did this with the Tea Party and took virtually complete control away from the grass roots people who started it all.

We are also seeing some wind put back into the sails on the nullification movement which had sputtered out after being ignored by the media, and by Congress of course. Rather than being reactive to these continuing attacks on constitutional issues,  we see the light going on that being pro active is a much better use of everyone’s time and money, and shorter road to victory.

I would suggest to all of you out there that you spread this around and keep track of what others are doing and ask your own sheriffs what they plan to do and see what gun and constitutional rights bills are pending in your legislatures.

The politicians will be watching to see if the interest fades out while waiting to see what Congress will do.  But the time cannot be wasted. All proactive legislation has to be put into motion now.


Posted on January 19, 2013

My fellow Sheriffs and I have prepared the following letter for the President.


P.O. Box 787. East Carbon City, Utah 84520   …(435) 888-2004   …Fax: (435) 888-0842


7  January 2013

The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America

The White House. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Washington, DC 20500

Sheriffs are Proactive on gun control

Dear President Obama:

We, the elected sheriffs of Utah, like so many of our fellow Americans, are literally heartbroken for the loved ones of the murdered victims in Connecticut. As Utahans, we are not strangers to this kind of carnage, one of the latest being the 2007 Trolley Square murders wherein nine innocents were gunned down-five losing their lives.

We also recognize the scores of other recent domestic massacres, which have decimated countless honorable lives. As Americans, we value the sanctity of life. Furthermore, similar to our inspired Founders, we acknowledge our subservience to a higher power.

With the number of mass shootings America has endured, it is easy to demonize firearms; it is also foolish and prejudiced. Firearms are nothing more than instruments, valuable and potentially dangerous, but instruments nonetheless. Malevolent souls, like the criminals who commit mass murders, will always exploit valuable instruments in the pursuit of evil. As professional peace officers, if we understand nothing else, we understand this: lawful violence must sometimes be employed to deter and stop criminal violence.

Consequently, the citizenry must continue its ability to keep and bear arms, including arms that adequately protect them from all types of illegality.

As your administration and Congress continue to grapple with the complex issue of firearm regulations, we pray that the Almighty will guide the People’s Representatives collectively. For that reason, it is imperative this discussion be had in Congress, not silenced unilaterally by executive orders. As you deliberate, please remember the Founders of this great nation created the Constitution, and its accompanying Bill of Rights, in an effort to protect citizens from all forms of tyrannical subjugation.

We respect the Office of the President of the United States of America.

But, make no mistake, as the duly-elected sheriffs of our respective counties, we will enforce the rights guaranteed to our citizens by the Constitution. No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights-in particular Amendment II-has given them.

We, like you, swore a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and we are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional interpretation.

The Utah Sheriffs’ Association

Full Pdf copy of letter here which includes all the country sheriff’s names.


Editing:  Jim W. Dean


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