Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson, recently back from the National Sheriffs Association meeting in Washington, shared with CARGO Rockwall (2/14/2013) the following resolution from the association.
Draft of NSA Resolution
WHEREAS, the elected Sheriff is recognized throughout the United States as the chief local law enforcement officer and is directly accountable to the people through the electoral process; and
WHEREAS, all sheriffs take an oath of office to enforce and defend the United States Constitution and state constitution and laws; and
WHEREAS, a primary mission of sheriffs is to ensure public safety; and
WHEREAS, gun safety is vitally important to our nation’s public health and the 3080 sheriffs of this nation; and
WHEREAS, the cause of violence, including gun violence, must be addressed on many fronts, including improved mental health treatment, media violence, drugs, gangs, breakdown of the family, strengthening laws that-prevent or reduce the access of convicted criminal to firearms and vigorous enforcement of existing laws; and
WHEREAS, the National Sheriffs Association represents the interests of all sheriffs who are sworn to strongly support and defend the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS ,sheriffs strongly support our citizens’ protected right to bear arms under the Second Amendment and the National Sheriffs Association does not support any laws that deprive any citizen of the rights provided under the Constitution; and
WHEREAS, the doctrine of judicial review grants to the United States Supreme Court and the .lower courts the power to determine the constitutionality of any law and sheriffs do not to possess the legal authority to interpret the constitutionality of any law;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the National Sheriffs’ Association supports the rights conferred by the Second Amendment and further recognizes the ultimate authority of the courts in interpreting the scope of those constitutional rights.
Sheriff Eavenson spoke plainly and boldly to the underlying issues affecting criminal and mental illness in our contemporary society: we are fast becoming a God-less people out of touch with our foundations and our history.
We are thankful for Sheriff Eavenson’s honest and forthright presentation and the way he answered questions from our CARGO Rockwall members.
Please address your comments about the resolution to the National Sheriffs Association via the association’s website contact form: http://www.sheriffs.org/content/contact-us
Ours is a republic, “if we can keep it“. What is a republic? By definition, a republic is a form of government in which the people or their elected representatives possess the supreme power. Our Founders Fathers arranged in order of authority the duties of the three branches of government, their respective jurisdictions in the first three articles.
- Article One: Legislative Branch
- Article Two: Executive Branch
- Article Three: Judicial Branch
To learn who the boss is, ask who it is that can fire you. A simple reading of the Constitution oulines this chain of authority: (1) We the People; (2) Congress; (3) President; (4) Federal Court system. How so? Congress can fire (impeach and remove) presidents and federal judges. The president cannot fire legislators or judges. We the People can fire our elected respresentatives and senators by means of regular elections or recall elections. Therefore, We the People hold highest and broadest jurisdiction, Congress second. Your individual votes bear great power and personal responsibilty.
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