Gun Hero of the Day: Sheriff Brad Rogers [VIDEO]

Sheriffs are one of the most awesome features of American law enforcement for one reason: they’re elected. As elected officials they have to represent the views of their constituents, rather than merely implementing the diktats of a distant, anti-gun rights, entrenched bureaucracy. When Indiana Sheriff Brad Rodgers declared his refusal to enforce any federal law requiring citizens to register their guns or any federal confiscation order, the national media took note. So did we. For . . .

standing on principle, for stating his determination to follow his oath to the United States Constitution, Sheriff Rogers gets TTAG Gun Hero of the Day Award. There are thousands more like Rogers, even in New York State, where the number of SAFE Act gun confiscations can be counted on one hand. For this very reason. If states like Connecticut returned to the Sheriff system, they’d be better for it.

 

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  1. avatar tdiinva (Now in Wisconsin) says:

    Another positive feature of the Sheriff system is local control. It denies urban centers of power the ability to enforce their diktats on political minorities.

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Good point! Text amended,

  2. avatar Tyler Durdan says:

    One of the reasons I love this state, now if we can just get rid of the damn tweekers…

    1. avatar Chip Bennett says:

      Indiana is the greatest state in the union.

      1. avatar IL-annoyed says:

        Arizona.

        1. avatar Vhyrus says:

          Seconded.

      2. avatar William says:

        West by God is the greatest state.

        1. avatar sagebrushracer says:

          dude, i live in CA. nope, nope and nope. CA is not the greatest state in the union. Many onerous government controls on business, high taxes and a HUGE crime problem all over the central valley. if CA had not been the center of the tech boom, and that cash surplus that came with it, we would be just as bad as Chicago for crime and unemployment.

      3. avatar Chris T from KY says:

        Kentucky

        1. avatar Chris Moorhead says:

          Agree!

  3. avatar old&scarred says:

    that’s my sheriff! all around good man

  4. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

    The leftist media howls at people like Sheriff Rodgers, calling them renegades who have no right to only enforce the laws they like. My favorite answer to this was from Sheriff Joe Arpaio: “Hey, they’ve already told me that I’m not allowed to enforce Federal law [referring to immigration law], I’m just playing by their rules.”

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      A Sheriff is an elected official and the senior law enforcement official in his county, as I understand it. Under what system does this put him under federal government control or direction? How can anyone expect or demand that he enforce federal laws or regulations? Hell, even most of the actual federal law enforcement agents can’t know all the regulations the alphabet agencies keep creating that have the force of law.

      Every LEO, as far as I know, takes an oath to uphold the Constitution. Other than that their only duty is to enforce the laws of the jurisdiction in which they are employed. You want to enforce unconstitutional gun laws or Executive Orders, send your federal agency thugs to try it and let’s see how well that works.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Have them wear blue helmets, for ease of sighting, er, identification.

  5. avatar Juanito ''Johnnie'' Ibañez says:

    Growing List of Sheriffs, Associations and Police Chiefs Saying ‘NO’ to Obama Gun Control
    http://cspoa.org/sheriffs-gun-rights/

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      If only we could get a few to say “NO” to the thousands of non-Obama gun control laws…

  6. avatar Gurney Halleck says:

    There are some excellent sheriffs and LEOs in NY. I have hunted and shot with a few.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      You hunt sheriffs?

      1. avatar 80 D says:

        Is this where Ruth Buzzi hits you with her purse?

        1. avatar Timmy! says:

          Ruth Buzzy once kicked me.

  7. avatar A guy from NY says:

    Color me jealous

  8. avatar San Diego Veteran says:

    Not all Sheriffs are created equal. Take the Sheriff here in San Diego, for example. Can’t wait to move out of California. Semper Fidelis!

    1. avatar Chris T from KY says:

      Your sheriff was one of the persons in charge at ruby ridge Idaho. Not following the constitution is in his DNA.

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Somebody elected him, somebody paid for his campaign.

      1. avatar The Trouble with Timbo says:

        Actually, there were 2 people running against him and they split the anti-Gore vote. One of the candidates actually promised to “shall issue”

  9. avatar Ralph says:

    Sheriffs are elected by the same unwashed and uneducated low-intelligence voters who elect the political pond scum who run this country, so I am as wary of sheriffs as I am of any other chief LEO.

    My acceptance of sheriffs is on a case-by-case basis. Rogers seems like one of the good ones.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      This, exactly. Case in point: Cook County, IL Sheriff Tom Dart. Every bit as left wing, anti-2A as the rest of the elected officials in the upper right corner of the state.

  10. avatar great unknown says:

    “As elected officials they have to represent the views of their constituents…”

    Have you followed the machinations of the GOPe party lately?

  11. avatar Big Jim says:

    Amen brother! Finally someone who gets it And I like at the end thereof the video of the one commenter says while people are still being killed You’re a freaking moron weather we had guns or not people will still kill people it’s in our nature Whether you use a gun a baseball bat or an axe handle really doesn’t make a difference those are just objects as we all know. I know where I’m moving when the shit hits the fan!

  12. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    He is a good guy with a gun. And a badge. I hope he stays that way.

  13. avatar Grant in IN says:

    I am very happy to have Rogers as Sheriff. He is good for more than just guns. When the FDA started harassing a local farmer, he told them to get a warrant or face arrest.

  14. Why does the media persistently conflate executive orders as law? This sheriff would not be refusing to enforce a law. He would be refusing to capitulate to an executive diktat (props tdiinva).

  15. avatar Sock Monkey says:

    “As elected officials they have to represent the views of their constituents, rather than merely implementing the diktats of a distant, anti-gun rights, entrenched bureaucracy.”

    Like Kim Davis. Just sayin…

  16. avatar John Gancho says:

    Sherriffs are one of the few remaining respectable political offices

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