The Washington Sheriff’s Association penned a letter vowing to uphold the 2nd amendment rights of their constituents in the state. Only two of the state’s 39 sheriffs did not sign the letter – one was no surprise, the Sheriff of King County (left-leaning Seattle) Mitzi Johanknecht and Kitsap Interim Sheriff John Gese, who is not an elected sheriff until the election. According to local media, these 37 sheriffs have received multiple concerns from residents over Gov Inslee and the Biden administration’s push for gun control and against other Constitutional rights.
Washington’s sheriffs reaffirmed their oath to “support, obey, and defend” the United States Constitution; reaffirming their commitment to defend the constitutional rights of all Washingtonians. This includes the Second Amendment, which they went on to highlight in detail.
Importantly, the Second Amendment of our divinely inspired Constitution clearly states … “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” We hereby recognize a significant principle underlying the Second Amendment: the right to keep and bear arms is indispensable to the existence of free people.
The Sheriffs went on to individually and collectively reiterate their pledge to protect and uphold the Second Amendment. They closed the letter with the following remark — A reflection of their duty to uphold the rights of the communities they serve.
We understand the destructive influences currently existing in our country will only relent when women and men everywhere genuinely care for each other. We must rely on Providence and care deeply about preserving the Constitution and its freedoms in order to be a strong and prosperous people.
(Spelling has been corrected in this excerpt) Yakima tribune
Because Washington, like several other Western states, is stuck with big city politics to run the entire state, it is refreshing to see these sheriffs stand up for their oaths. Washington in particular has passed several gun laws, including banning the open carry of firearms at protests and some ”police reform” bills.
Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris noted that in the past year and a half residents have voiced to him concerns of government overreach, asking if his office will force COVID-19 vaccines or take away guns.
“So that was, in my position, my way of saying I’m not changing business, I know what I chose to do this job for,” Morris said Tuesday. “I took an oath. I will continue to do that regardless of the feelings you may be getting as a concerned citizen of governmental overstep whatnot — I am not changing the direction in Douglas County, in my office, as it pertains to that.”
Similarly, Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett the statement was in part a response to constituents who’ve expressed concern that Second Amendment rights could be infringed upon…
“People see … potential overreach in the name of safety and safeguards,” Burnett said in an interview Monday evening, pointing to state and federal level government.
If those who signed the Washington Sheriff’s Association letter have integrity, they will stand on what they have written and protect their constituents against both state and federal overreach.
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