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Gun control: 'What if we say no?'

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When the proponents of gun control did their expected blood dance on the bodies of the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School, gun rights activists were quick to assert that they had no intention of accepting or obeying any more gun control laws.

Groups of citizens confronted law enforcement in New York State, for example, making it clear in no uncertain terms that any such new laws would be disobeyed.

Around the country gun rights groups and citizens who support the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution asked of law enforcement when told they would have to abide by new restrictions on their rights, "What if we say no? Are you going to kill us? We have already told you we would never give up any gun or obey any new restriction. We will defy you to the bitter end. So, are you prepared to kill us in your attempt to enforce your unconstitutional laws on citizens who have never broken the law? And, are you prepared to live with the consequences?"

None of the new laws being proposed by the blood dancer gun control freaks would have prevented the shooter in Sandy Hook from perpetrating the massacre. So why are ordinary citizens who have never fired their guns at another person being targeted for these new restrictions?

Apparently the logic of this reasoning has gotten through to at least some within the law enforcement community. In Colorado, for example, 55 out of 62 county sheriffs have stated they will not enforce Colorado's new gun control laws, laws that were so unpopular that three Democrat legislators were ousted by voters in recall elections.

One of the problems in enforcing the new laws is a logistical one:

When Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County explains in speeches why he is not enforcing the state’s new gun laws, he holds up two 30-round magazines. One, he says, he had before July 1, when the law banning the possession, sale or transfer of the large-capacity magazines went into effect. The other, he “maybe” obtained afterward.

He shuffles the magazines, which look identical, and then challenges the audience to tell the difference.

“How is a deputy or an officer supposed to know which is which?” he asks.

But the overriding reason the sheriffs oppose enforcement is the blatant violation of the Constitution inherent in the new laws, not to mention the fact that the new restrictions are unpopular with a sizable portion of the electorate.

And Colorado is but one state where sheriffs have drawn the line in the sand:

The resistance of sheriffs in Colorado is playing out in other states, raising questions about whether tougher rules passed since Newtown will have a muted effect in parts of the American heartland, where gun ownership is common and grass-roots opposition to tighter restrictions is high.

In New York State, where Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed one of the toughest gun law packages in the nation last January, two sheriffs have said publicly they would not enforce the laws — inaction that Mr. Cuomo said would set “a dangerous and frightening precedent.” The sheriffs’ refusal is unlikely to have much effect in the state: According to the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services, since 2010 sheriffs have filed less than 2 percent of the two most common felony gun charges. The vast majority of charges are filed by the state or local police.

Florida and California are two other states where there has been blowback over the new laws. The following incident in Florida indicates where the electorate stands on gun rights:

In Liberty County, Fla., a jury in October acquitted a sheriff who had been suspended and charged with misconduct after he released a man arrested by a deputy on charges of carrying a concealed firearm. The sheriff, who was immediately reinstated by the governor, said he was protecting the man’s Second Amendment rights.

But the refusal of the sheriffs to enforce gun control legislation is the least of the worries of the gun control community. The citizens, the rank and file gun owners, those who have never been involved in any crime, are defiant over government entities that would make criminals out of them by one stroke of a governor's pen.

Their attitude reflects that of former NRA president Charlton Heston, who famously stated, "You will only get my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands."

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