On Friday, LET reported on a sheriff who has vowed to deputize thousands of citizens to uphold “God-given right” to bear arms… doubling down on his support for the 2nd Amendment.
“The right to bear arms—some believe that the Second Amendment gives us that right, when in fact it’s a God-given right. If you don’t believe in God, it’s a law of nature that every creature can defend their lives from threats,” said Scott Jenkins, Sheriff of Culpeper County in Virginia.
“If the legislature decides to restrict certain weapons, I feel harms our community, I will swear in thousands of auxiliary deputies in Culpeper.
There’s no limit to the number of people I can swear in. Personally, I don’t think some of the bills that are proposed will pass, I don’t think we’re that far left in Virginia.”
Sheriff Jenkins is not alone in that sentiment. Almost half of the counties in Virginia have established themselves as 2nd Amendment Constitutional Counties. In New Mexico, 31 of the 33 counties there have done the same thing.
Constitutional counties are, in essence, the same thing as sanctuary cities. The difference being that Constitutional counties are on the right side of the law and protect our freedoms. Sanctuary cities harbor criminal immigrants.
To our knowledge, Jenkins is the first to verbalize publicly that he could and potentially would deputize thousands of law-abiding citizens.
The Sheriff took to Facebook after the Board of Supervisor’s meeting.
“Every Sheriff and Commonwealth Attorney in Virginia will see the consequences if our General Assembly passes further unnecessary gun restrictions. “Red Flag” laws without due process will create enormous conflict as well.
America has more guns than citizens and murder has long been illegal. At best, the proposed gun restrictions will disarm or handicap our law-abiding in their defense and possibly cause a criminal to choose another tool for evil.
I’d like to thank our Board of Supervisors for their resolution of support of our citizen’s natural right to self-defense as protected by our Constitutions. My office will always encourage and support our citizens in firearms training, concealed carry permits, and the ability to defend themselves and their families.
I remain very optimistic that our General Assembly will not pass the proposed bills. Obviously, if passed, there are many of us willing to challenge these laws through the courts. In addition, if necessary, I plan to properly screen and deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms.”
-Sheriff Scott Jenkins
“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves…and include all men capable of bearing arms.” (1788)
-Richard Henry Lee
This past Tuesday night, the 7-member Board of Supervisors held an open forum meeting, where they voted unanimously to declare the county a safe-haven for law-abiding gun-owners.
“All my adult life, in the military and in local government, I’ve sworn to uphold the Constitution and I’ll be damned if any politician down in Richmond or anywhere else is going to get me to change my mind,” said Supervisor Bill Chase, a Vietnam veteran.
According to the Culpeper Star-Exponent, the overflow audience in attendance erupted in applause at this statement as Chase invited Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins to the podium to share his thoughts on the Second Amendment.
Jenkins said thousands of Culpeper citizens hold concealed carry permits, including for guns with large capacity ammunition magazines, an issue that could see attempts at legislative restriction next year.
He quoted Founding Father Richard Henry Lee, of Virginia, in further emphasizing his point:
“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves and include all men capable of bearing arms.”
Supervisor Jack Frazier, adding his support for the resolution, said,“I am hoping that by standing by our neighboring counties that this will send a message to our governor, legislators and the folks in Richmond that the people of Culpeper County know best as to how we can protect ourselves and our families.”
County Attorney Bobbi Jo Alexis drafted the two-page resolution that states, in part:
“The Board of Supervisors implores the Virginia General Assembly, the United States Congress and other agencies of the commonwealth of Virginia and the United States government to preserve, uphold and protect the rights of the citizens to keep and bear arms under the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States by rejecting any provision, law or regulation that may infringe, have the tendency to infringe or place any additional burdens on the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms.”
Not everyone in the county agrees with the decision to pass the resolution.
Donna DeAngelis said,“As a citizen of Culpeper County, I ask that you not support a resolution that would sanction gun violence,” she stated. “It is time that common sense prevails, and we all unite behind reasonably regulated, responsible, safe gun ownership.
Our forefathers in all of our wisdom could not have predicted what a single-shot musket would become almost 250 years later.”
Ah, yes, the “founding fathers could not have envisioned the AR-15 when they wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights” talking point.
In 2016, Eugene Robinson wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post. Here is part of what he had to say:
An Islamic State sympathizer was able to go into a gun store days or weeks ago and buy both a pistol and an AR-15-style semiautomatic assault rifle, which he used to kill 49 men and women at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Had he been armed with the pistol alone; he still would have killed people — but not so many.
Keeping military-grade combat weapons out of the hands of maniacs should not be a controversial idea.
The Second Amendment enshrines the right to keep and bear arms, and the Supreme Court has ruled that this is an individual right, not a collective one. The court has made clear, however, that this does not preclude reasonable gun control measures. Not all weapons must be considered suitable for private hands.
When the framers wrote of “arms,” they were thinking about muskets and single-shot pistols. They could not have foreseen modern rifles or high-capacity magazines.
They lived at a time when it was impossible to imagine one man barging into a crowded room and killing more than one or two people before having to reload and surely being subdued. Today it is not only imaginable but also tragically commonplace.
To both Donna and Eugene, are you both really that naïve? In 1791, when the 2nd Amendment was written, there were more than just single-shot pistols and muzzleloaders available for private ownership.
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Ever heard of a cannon? Have you seen the type of damage those were capable of? They could create mass casualties from a much greater distance.
Yup, you guessed it. They were privately owned.
And as far as what the framers could envision, try this one on for size.
When they wrote the 2nd Amendment, which was created to allow free men to fight against a tyrannical government, they framers knew that individuals would have the same grade of weapons that a military force would have.
There was no separation between military grade and consumer grade. The framers envisioned building into our inalienable rights, the ability to fight for our freedom with equal force. Nowhere do we find evidence that our founders expected us to maintain a single shot capacity while the military might advance beyond that.
The framers new there would be advancements, as most of them were alive when swords were a viable weapon on the battlefield.
And for the record, the first revolver was introduced less than 30 years after the 2nd Amendment was written. At that time, we did not have people screaming for a reduction in capacity or capability of weapons because the framers never envisioned a multiple-shot weapon be created.
People keep screaming for common-sense gun laws. I think we just need to have common sense. I am not seeing it in the arguments of the gun-grabbers of today.
It calls to mind the words of Sgt. A. Merica, shared in an article last year:
I WILL NOT COMPLY.
The New Jersey Attorney General has banned large capacity magazines. They have refused to rule out door to door enforcement and wide spread confiscation.
There’s something residents need to know.
I WILL NOT COMPLY.
Liberal politicians ARE coming for our guns and ammunition. It starts slowly, like forcing you to turn in magazines that you paid for and have been legal until now.
Do they really believe we’re going to knock on doors and disarm our fellow citizens? Do they expect us to put our lives on the line to enforce unconstitutional orders?
I WILL NOT COMPLY.
I might be an officer in New Jersey. But you will never know my name… because if you did, I would lose my ability to provide for my family.
The truth is that I could be an officer anywhere. In your town or city. In your state. You will never know who I am… but you know me. I am your neighbor. I am your friend. I am your protector.
All you need to know is one thing. No matter how many anti-gun orders you decide to make… no matter how you use the media to get your message out… no matter how you try and politicize police departments…
I WILL NOT COMPLY.
My oath isn’t to politicians. It’s to serve and protect. It’s to defend the Constitution. It’s not to be a pawn. My oath is to the country and Her people.
Last week, New Jersey banned active police officers from possessing their duty weapons while off duty. Apparently they’re going to change that thanks to media and union pressure.
The union. A collection of those who, in many cases, have traded their spines for a few pennies. They never should have allowed this to happen.
New Jersey “leaders” have also made it clear they don’t recognize the provisions of the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA). It’s an act that allows retired officers to carry our weapons or hollow point ammunition.
Our Attorney General says it applies only to those who carry firearms in interstate commerce, and that if we aren’t leaving the state immediately, it doesn’t count. That’s NOT why it was created.
But you can’t expect these liberal elitists who have never been shot at to understand that.
The point of it was to protect us and our families from criminals looking to get revenge and to protect those of us who have become targets thanks to the war that was launched on us by liberal politicians. It was to allow us to be able to respond quickly. Because unlike those who sit on their high horses, we actually run TOWARDS gun fire and danger.
Now New Jersey officials they won’t recognize that law.
I WILL NOT COMPLY.
New Jersey’s law over gun magazines with a 10 round limit went into effect on December 10 and there’s no exception for law enforcement, meaning that we’re all breaking the law by carrying our assigned duty weapons while off duty.
Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo issued a memorandum to us as a reminder that the prohibition of the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines didn’t just apply to our neighbors… it also applied to us when we are off duty.
I WILL NOT COMPLY.
In May, the city council in Boulder, Colorado voted to ban possession of high capacity magazines, bump stocks and so-called assault rifles. They grandfathered in people who already own the rifles. But they said in order to continue legally owning them, residents are required to “certify” their guns with the police by December 27.
Residents have been told there is no database of gun owners being made (like anyone buys that).
But they ARE keeping a record of the number of rifles reported.
So far… the number reported is 87. Officials say there are duplicate certificates in that count, making the true number even lower.
There are more than 100,000 people in the city, and CBS News puts gun ownership in Colorado at more than 34 percent.
That means there’s still somewhere around 34,000 firearms that aren’t certified.
It’s worth pointing out that Colorado has about 5,300 uniformed members of the Army National Guard.
Does anyone think patriots like me are going to truly just hand over or report our weapons to be listed on a database?
Do these officials believe officers like me are going to ultimately go to war with our own neighbors over confiscation?
I WILL NOT COMPLY.
My brothers and sisters, please don’t confuse those of us who hold the thin blue line with those who are trying to destroy it.
I am not alone.
We are with you. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with you in the streets.
WE WILL NOT COMPLY.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
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