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Sheriffs Respond To President Obama

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MEDFORD, Ore. –In response to President Obama’s proposals to curb gun violence, which include an assault weapons ban and limited high capacity gun clips, sheriffs in Oregon wanted to send a message in response. The gist of it: not in our counties.

President Obama signed 23 executive orders on gun control on Wednesday morning, urging congress to reinstate a ban on assault weapons and push for an increase in background checks. In response, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters said that Americans have the right to own guns and some of the President’s proposals violate the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Sheriff Winters called the President’s plan a “knee-jerk reaction.” He said he wants to see more of a discussion about gun rights, instead of the President recommending an outright ban. Winters said he does want to see more funding for mental health, and agrees there should be better background checks, but said an outright ban punishes people who legally own the guns.

“I have a problem when we’re going to penalize law abiding citizens who do everything right, and now we’re going to possibly infringe on their rights to have firearms,” Winters said.

Sheriff Winters is not the only law enforcement official in Oregon to disagree with the President. Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden saying he also disagrees with the idea of banning assault weapons. He calls it a “big brother mentality” and he said any order that he feels infringed on the Constitution will be ignored by the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office. Tuesday, Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller also sent his own letter to Vice President Biden saying he would not enforce any ban on firearms.

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  1. Bill says:

    Go Shariff Winter and Sheriff Gilbertson , you have my support to the bitter end !!!!

  2. joseph massaro says:

    I support the Sheriff’s stance 100%

  3. Doug jackson says:

    Way to go Sheriff Winters & Sheriff Gilbertson We need to enforce the laws we have and expand the back ground checks.

    1. Jason says:

      Check out the news, this is exactly what is being proposed, along with renewing the assault rifle ban and stopping the sale of some high capacity clips. No jack-booted thugs are coming to take away your hunting rifles or handguns,

  4. Ron says:

    HE IS RIGHT I STAND BEHIND HIM ALL THE WAY . TAKENING OUR RIGHTS AWAY IS AGAINST THE LAW. IF THE PRES DOES THIS HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED

  5. Robert T. says:

    It is very comforting to see that these brave Sheriffs have taken a stand for us would-be subjugated serf’s and not give-in to the status quo that these power-hungry agenda-driven politicians would otherwise want to impose on us. A Big THANK YOU is in order!

  6. Bill says:

    Be in Salem on the 19th !!! Show them we won’t go quietly, GOA the 19th Salem Capitol steps look it up !!

  7. Ernie says:

    Insane people by virtue of not thinking rationally will disreguard any law passed. We have all kinds of laws to deter or prevent crimes do they stop crimes? Criminals or insane persons will do whatever they want because they think and reason differently than law-abidding and sane persons. Punishing one group (legal gun owners) to get insane criminal or otherwise persons to stop their behavior is ineffective. You cant cure a problem by treating a symptom, you need to treat the cause, in these past shootings, mental illness. Hats off to Oregons Sheriffs Offices, I hope more take a stand.

  8. Vicki Pena says:

    Is this the very same Sheriff Winters who went all the way to the Supreme Court of Oregon to fight against a woman’s request to carry concealed (she happened to have a medical marijuana card) and exercise her 2nd amendment rights? I think he’s a joke!

  9. Sally says:

    thank you Sheriffs for standing up to our second amendment rights, I know there is a lot of work ahead of us to keep guns out of the wrong hands

  10. Michelle Thomas says:

    Can’t you see it’s the gun manufacturers who have the most to gain by keeping these weapons market? Exactly how many guns does one person need? Exactly how many assault weapons and ammo does one person need? Seriosuly – Ronald Reagan spoke out vehemently against assault weapons. Where are all the Reagon fans now?

  11. Joseph Eadus says:

    I have great respect for our Josephine and Jackson County Sheriffs. I thank God for their courageous fight in protecting our constitution rights as Americans. We the American people stand with you.

    God Bless America!

    Joseph Eadus

  12. Debra Wilson says:

    Thank you ……..

  13. Nancy greene says:

    Thank You Josephine Co. Sheriff’s!! We are behind you here in mc cloud, ca. !!!
    We all need to stand together on this.

  14. kevin says:

    If hes saying that whats are governor and local mayor’s saying and the police chief of medford. They may protect and serve but are still under the Executive branch of state Government and there funding still comes from the board of commissioners and the county manager. I support Sheriff Winters all the way and hope he sticks to his guns so to speak.

  15. Paula says:

    I am so happy to know that someone is willing to take a stand for what is right. Who are they to try and change the constitution. As a single mom who works very hard to support her children, is law abiding, and pays her taxes, I think we have every right to protect what we work so hard for from those who try to come in our homes and places of employment to try and take it away. Way to go Mr. Winters, and Mr. Gilbertson. :)

  16. BigPoppa says:

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA et al. v. HELLER
    No. 07–290. Argued March 18, 2008—Decided June 26, 2008

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/07-290.ZS.html

    Held:
    1. The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

    (a) The Amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause’s text and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms

    (b) The prefatory clause comports with the Court’s interpretation of the operative clause. The “militia”… The response was to deny Congress power to abridge the ancient right of individuals to keep and bear arms, so that the ideal of a citizens’ militia would be preserved

    (EMPHASIS Added)
    (f) None of the Court’s precedents forecloses the Court’s interpretation [that] refutes the individual-rights interpretation. United States v. Miller, 307 U. S. 174 , DOES NOT LIMIT THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS TO MILITIA PURPOSES, BUT RATHER LIMITS THE TYPE OF WEAPON TO WHICH THE RIGHT APPLIES to those used by the militia, i.e., those in common use for lawful purposes

    (EMPHASIS Added)
    2. Like most rights, the SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT IS NOT UNLIMITED. It is NOT A RIGHT TO KEEP AND CARRY ANY WEAPON WHATSOEVER IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER and FOR WHATEVER PURPOSE: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons.

    Your CONSTITUTIONAL rights are not being abridged. This is pandering and fear mongering against common sense.

  17. Fred says:

    The Sheriff’s jobs are to enforce the laws as set forth by law makers. It is the Congress and courts decision what laws are in effect. Should the Sheriffs decide to not enforce the laws then they are in violation of their office and should be removed from such.
    Their posturing is strictly for personal appearances. They will have all funding removed if they don’t live up to their oath to follow the laws.

    It is NOT their decision. Regardless of the law. Someone else makes the law, they are to enforce it. Simple as that.

  18. Carolann Hennen says:

    Mike Winter and the other sheriffs took an oath to uphold all of the laws, not just the ones they personally endorse. Saying they will not enforce a gun control law, or any other law for that matter, is simply publicly announcing that they refuse to do the job they were elected to do. Shame on you, Mike. One cannot have it both ways.

    1. Jody says:

      The sheriffs took an oath to uphold the constitution.

  19. Connie says:

    Every Oath of Office, The first and formost part of the oath is to UPHOLD THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. That is above all else. Even the Presidents OATH says this! To not do so is UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Period!
    More children have been killed in cars, overdoses, beaten and by illnesses like cancer in my lifetime than any school violence. Yes it is sad and shouldn’t happen. Our government needs to take the billions spent on other countries and put some of that back into security systems in our schools. There are schools in this country with metal detectors at the doors and armed gaurds already. Why not every school? An assault weapon can be anything from a rock, baseball bat, to a gun. All of the guns used lately in the big stories were stolen from friends or family.. or bought illegally by someone for a felon. Banning a law abiding citizen from buying a gun will not stop this terror. Mental health programs that have virtually been done away with, prosecuting to the fullest any crime of violence and a realization that violence happens, it is human nature will do more than any gun ban! Look at Chicago.. that is an example of What happens with GUN BANS.
    The president signing an executive order that infringes on our Constitutional Rights is actually against HIS oath of office and Impeachable.

  20. Connie says:

    The U.S. Department of Defense has long defined assault rifles as fully automatic rifles used for military purposes.

    Fully-automatic weapons have been prohibited in the U.S. since the National Firearms Act of 1934. Fully-automatic firearms can spray fire with a single pull of the trigger, while semi-automatic guns fire one shot with each pull of the trigger.

    Please don’t confuse a semi-auto with these fully auto true assault rifles. THE PUBLIC CAN’T BUY THEM!

  21. ED says:

    Well I WOULD BET ALL OF YOU GUNTOTEN REDNECKS WOULD SING ANOTHER TUNE IF SCHOOL SHOOTING HAPPENED HERE. AR-15’S WERE MADE FOR ONE THING AND WE KNOW WHAT THAT IS. THEY ARE NOT FOR HUNTING. SO ALL OF YOU MIGHT WANT TO PULL YOUR HEADS OUT. AS FOR WINTERS IT IS YOUR JOB AS SHERIFF TO UPHOLD THE LAW, NOT ONLY ONES YOU WANT TO. YOU DONT DO CHECKS ON OMMP GROWERS AND WHY IS THAT? THATS WHY WE HAVE A REAL PROBLEM WITH THE BIG GROW OPPS HERE, IF YOU DID YOUR JOB WE WOULD NOT HAVE THIS PROBLEM HERE. LET’S ALSO TALK ABOUT THE LAW SUITE THAT WAS FILLED ON THE SHERIFF’S DEPT AND YOU LOST. HOW MUCH ARE THE TAX PAYERS HAVING TO PAY NOW FOR YOUR MISTAKE?

  22. Val Doull says:

    The U.S. Department of Defense has long defined assault rifles as fully automatic rifles used for military purposes.

    Fully-automatic weapons have been prohibited in the U.S. since the National Firearms Act of 1934. Fully-automatic firearms can spray fire with a single pull of the trigger, while semi-automatic guns fire one shot with each pull of the trigger.

    Please don’t confuse a semi-auto with these fully auto true assault rifles. THE PUBLIC CAN’T BUY THEM!

    Shooting is considered a spot as well. So is NASCAR, which the Pres so happily gave millions to this year. You can kill people with cars too, so should we ban all cars?
    I do sporting clays with a shot gun and I haven’t gone crazy and killed my shooting fellows on the range..
    So much misunderstanding and lack of knowledge about guns plus brainwashing from our media and schools has left most people with a skewed mind set against them.
    Eric Holder the gun runner that Obama is protecting has been put in charge of making sure no one runs guns. Just one of the main person’s behind the Fast and Furious. This is insane!!!!!
    Holder back in 2004 was telling the press he needed to brainwash the children so they would think all guns are bad. Maybe we should teach all the kids about Tyranny?
    Our constitution is being degraded, disregarded, and thought of as a block to raining in more government control.
    We will be Greece soon.
    Look at what is coming out of our collage’s. We have Progressive Libs teaching our kids that the USA is not worthy of being one of the greatest counties in the world.
    These professors are teaching our kids that we are all racist. Now in grade school as well.
    Look at what the 99er’s were made of! A bunch of brain washed kids.
    History does repeat itself and if we don’t stop what is going on now, we will loose our freedom forever. Once it’s gone, we will never get it back..

  23. Val Doull says:

    I also wanted to say: Way to go Sheriff Winters and all of those supporting what you do. Our country and our freedom depend on people like you to help save our REPUBLIC.

  24. Deb says:

    So glad to see our law enforcement officials standing up for our constitution…

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