As a policeone.com survey revealed, the majority of U.S. police officers support an armed citizenry. Why wouldn’t they? With their hands-on experience dealing with criminals, they know how effective personal arms can be. They don’t live in protected, “green zone” enclaves. They have non-police friends, family and associates. Many if not most have had positive experiences with armed defenders. In short, police and Sheriff Departments are a rich source of natural allies for defenders of American gun rights . . .
Police that support the Second Amendment give disarmists nightmares. In theory, all police should support Americans’ gun rights. From LA to NY, from Chicago to San Antonio, all law enforcement officers take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. The oath has been ignored by many for decades. That is changing.
The recent success of the concealed carry movement persuaded police chiefs like James Craig of Detroit [above] to tout the benefits of armed self defense. Once Chief Craig was on board, the whole tone of the City of Detroit about armed citizens changed. Armed self defense is celebrated in the City. Sheriff David Clarke won reelection as a Second Amendment Supporter against a Bloomberg funded campaign in Milwaukee.
This year, Sheriff Daryl Wheeler of Bonner County, Idaho rallied to support the Second Amendment rights of one of his constituents:
On August 6, residents and Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler lined up outside the Priest River, Idaho, home of veteran John Arnold to prevent the Veterans Administration (VA) from taking away his guns.
The same month, Police Chief Jeffrey Horvath of Lewes, Delaware, refuses to enforce an unconstitutional law:
From the police department’s side, Chief Jeffrey Horvath said the idea of enforcing something he sees as unconstitutional is untenable.
“The Delaware constitution says you have the right to keep and bear arms. That’s exactly how it’s worded,” Chief Horvath said.
In May of 2013 Sheriff Timothy B. Howard of New York said that the SAFE act is Unconstitutional, and he will not enforce it.:
“I’m more than reluctant,” he said of the new law Thursday. “I won’t enforce it.”
Howard, one of four sheriffs who joined in filing the brief this week, said he considers the law unconstitutional and a waste of valuable resources, and believes it will ultimately be overturned by the courts.
Sheriff Howard was reelected.
Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch of Florida refused to charge a law abiding citizen with carrying a gun in his pocket. A state prosecutor charged him with crimes, but a jury vindicated him.
“Nick Finch, the Florida sheriff arrested in June after he defended the Second Amendment, has been declared ‘not guilty’ of the charges brought against him by the State of Florida, according to [former Graham County, Arizona, Sheriff] Richard Mack.
Where police support the Second Amendment, it is secure. Politically, when police leaders decide that armed citizens are allies instead of enemies, we have won. When State Police testified for Constitutional Carry, even with a Democrat majority, Constitutional Carry won.
Sheriffs can be elected directly. Mayors and City Councils can be pushed to hire Police Chiefs who take their oath seriously. Governors can be pushed to appoint State Police leaders with the correct attitude. Officers with bad attitudes should be identified and disciplined. Activism by 2A advocates has resulted in numerous legal settlements and positive training changes for police departments across the country.
In the worst case, police patriots will be crucial intelligence assets in restoring the Constitution against a tyrannical government. The time to develop those assets is now. When the government cannot trust police to follow unconstitutional orders, tyranny becomes harder. Recruit police to the side of the Constitution. It kills gun control.
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