January 21st, 2013

Utahns dare federal government to enforce gun control




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State Capitol » Utah lawmaker, sheriffs vow to prevent feds from taking arms.

By david montero

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jan 19 2013


In the bitter cold Saturday afternoon, the crowd at the Utah Capitol was mostly packing heat and defiantly daring the federal government to try to take away any gun rights.

They also discovered they had picked up two allies — a newly elected Utah state lawmaker and the Utah Sheriffs’ Association.

Republican Brian Greene drew some of the biggest cheers from the 1,500-strong crowd, saying he would unveil legislation next week giving local sheriffs the power to arrest any federal agent attempting to seize firearms from Utah residents.

The Utah Sheriffs’ Association also pushed back on President Barack Obama’s proposal last week seeking to restrict the size of magazines, reinstitute the assault weapons ban and provide tougher background checks on gun buyers.

“No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights — in particular our Amendment II — has given them,” the association’s letter dated Jan. 17 read. “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.”

Greene called the letter “brilliant” and said it hewed closely to his proposed measure.

He told the crowd to be wary of the Obama proposal.

“This is all about control,” Greene said. “I saw the president in his press conference the other day with all the children around him and he made this comment — and I want to correct him. He said if this can save just one life we have a duty to do it. No, Mr. President, you have a duty to uphold the Constitution.”

His proposal also echoes a resolution made by Dale Ure, a Washington County financial planner. Ure said he wanted Utah to stand up to the federal government by allowing Utah to have gun laws that superseded federal authority.

During the two-hour rally that coincided with the national Gun Appreciation Day movement across the country, participants thundered cheers for Kevin Brooks, the sermon-pounding pastor from Victory Baptist Church, who talked about “the original open carry law” in the Bible where people “wore their swords proudly.” They booed every mention of Obama’s name. They repeatedly chanted “USA! USA! USA!”


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3 Responses to “Utahns dare federal government to enforce gun control”

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    Cal Says:

    Awesome Brian Greene and the Utah Sheriffs’ Association!!! .

    Some slight emisconceptions about the Bill of rights though. The Bill of Rights does NOT give the American people anything. It strengthens and places additional limits on the federal government as the Preamble to the Bill of Rights makes clear.

    Preamble to the Bill of Rights:

    Congress of the United States

    begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

    THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

    RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

    ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

    Note: These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.”

    Madison specified in Federalist 45: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”

    Article VI Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution:
    “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

    But while the U.S. Constitution and laws made in pursuance thereof are the supreme law of the land, this is entirely different than the Federal government being supreme in everything it does.

    Remember, to be sure that the federal government’s authority was limited to the powers enumerated within the U.S. Constitution, many states ratification was contingent upon those amendments being passed including the 9th Amendment – which makes sure that everyone knows that all natural rights are not listed but are still protected FROM the fed gov; and the 10th Amendment – Jefferson considered it the “foundation” of the Constitution.

    10th Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people“

    So they are being lawful to deny the federal government any more usurpations then they have already taken. I am still waiting for Obama and his adminstration to be arrested for Murder, and weekly planning of murders as no where in the US Constitution or anywhere else was ANY president given the authority to take upon themselves assassination powers. I will dance all day long at their prosecution!

  2. 2
    Lee Says:

    It gets even better!…..


  3. 3
    J.P. Says:

    I would submit that the Constitution does give us something. I gives public recognition by the Federal government that we have rights that are not dependent on someone else’s approval. That recognition is important and whoever does not recognize it is not a party to the Constitution and therefore their opinions are of no moral weight. John

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