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December 27, 2013

Sheriffs ignoring gun laws are following Obama's example

Editor's note: CNHI newspapers that are not weekly subscribers to Taylor Armerding's column may publish this one if they notify him at t.armerding@verizon.net.

By now, you have probably heard the disturbing news out of California, Colorado, Florida and New York that a somewhat random cohort of sheriffs is refusing to enforce some federal gun laws, arguing that they are constitutionally vague.

But, in case you hadn’t, the New York Times noticed, by golly, and spread the word earlier this month in an overwrought, nearly 2,000-word account of this ominous lurch toward sedition. The Times quoted various sheriffs who contend that those laws are confusing, in some cases unenforceable, and may not be constitutional.

Who do these sheriffs think they are anyway, deciding on their own whether they should enforce the law?

New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared that the refusal of a couple of sheriffs to enforce his state’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (SAFE), which mandates universal background checks, could set “a dangerous and frightening precedent.”

Well, yeah, it could, if the precedent of refusing to enforce existing laws or unilaterally modifying them had not already been set, multiple times, by the leader of Cuomo’s party, President Obama.

From the fever swamps of the left, the Daily Kos website scolded the sheriffs for “breaking a public trust."

"They should remember that they are meant to be the servants of the law, not its masters,” one of their writers huffed.

Ah, yes, servants of the law. Such high-minded, self-righteous devotion to the law would be touching if it weren’t so, uh, selective.

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that the Daily Kos, other leftist organizations, members of Congress and President Obama openly support exactly what they are condemning here, when it comes to other issues.

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