Sheriffs’ Open Letter to Obama – Lock and Load Time

Utah Sheriffs Willing to Die to Protect Traditional Constitutional Interpretation


 “But, make no mistake, as the duly-elected sheriffs of our respective counties, we will enforce the rights guaranteed to our citizens by the Constitution. No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights-in particular Amendment II-has given them. …Utah Sheriffs


   …by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor             …featuring the Utah Sheriffs’ Association


Sherrifs putting their lives on the line for the Constitution

Dear Folks, The earth is moving under our feet now. We are seeing some really grass roots movements emerging, and this time by key organizations taking the leadership rather than sticking their finger into the air and waiting until it is safe to declare which side they are on.

As usual, there is no word from the main line veteran organizations. They have a tremendous opportunity now to formally align with these sheriffs’ association to offer their support not only politically on the gun control issues, but to offer to discuss county militia plans under sheriffs’ and state control.

They could do this by deputizing tens of thousands of them  and having them all formally organized and administered. This would throw a huge curve ball into the debate equation.

We will be watching closely if the Koch brothers or Shelly Adelson offers $10 million for them to organize them nationally to make them a Republican sock puppet tool for trying to win the White House back. They did this with the Tea Party and took virtually complete control away from the grass roots people who started it all.

We are also seeing some wind put back into the sails on the nullification movement which had sputtered out after being ignored by the media, and by Congress of course. Rather than being reactive to these continuing attacks on constitutional issues,  we see the light going on that being pro active is a much better use of everyone’s time and money, and shorter road to victory.

I would suggest to all of you out there that you spread this around and keep track of what others are doing and ask your own sheriffs what they plan to do and see what gun and constitutional rights bills are pending in your legislatures.

The politicians will be watching to see if the interest fades out while waiting to see what Congress will do.  But the time cannot be wasted. All proactive legislation has to be put into motion now.


Posted on January 19, 2013

My fellow Sheriffs and I have prepared the following letter for the President.


P.O. Box 787. East Carbon City, Utah 84520   …(435) 888-2004   …Fax: (435) 888-0842


7  January 2013

The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America

The White House. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Washington, DC 20500

Sheriffs are Proactive on gun control

Dear President Obama:

We, the elected sheriffs of Utah, like so many of our fellow Americans, are literally heartbroken for the loved ones of the murdered victims in Connecticut. As Utahans, we are not strangers to this kind of carnage, one of the latest being the 2007 Trolley Square murders wherein nine innocents were gunned down-five losing their lives.

We also recognize the scores of other recent domestic massacres, which have decimated countless honorable lives. As Americans, we value the sanctity of life. Furthermore, similar to our inspired Founders, we acknowledge our subservience to a higher power.

With the number of mass shootings America has endured, it is easy to demonize firearms; it is also foolish and prejudiced. Firearms are nothing more than instruments, valuable and potentially dangerous, but instruments nonetheless. Malevolent souls, like the criminals who commit mass murders, will always exploit valuable instruments in the pursuit of evil. As professional peace officers, if we understand nothing else, we understand this: lawful violence must sometimes be employed to deter and stop criminal violence.

Consequently, the citizenry must continue its ability to keep and bear arms, including arms that adequately protect them from all types of illegality.

As your administration and Congress continue to grapple with the complex issue of firearm regulations, we pray that the Almighty will guide the People’s Representatives collectively. For that reason, it is imperative this discussion be had in Congress, not silenced unilaterally by executive orders. As you deliberate, please remember the Founders of this great nation created the Constitution, and its accompanying Bill of Rights, in an effort to protect citizens from all forms of tyrannical subjugation.

We respect the Office of the President of the United States of America.

But, make no mistake, as the duly-elected sheriffs of our respective counties, we will enforce the rights guaranteed to our citizens by the Constitution. No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights-in particular Amendment II-has given them.

We, like you, swore a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and we are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional interpretation.

The Utah Sheriffs’ Association

Full Pdf copy of letter here which includes all the country sheriff’s names.


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28 Comments for “Sheriffs’ Open Letter to Obama – Lock and Load Time”

  1. I was afraid from the beginning that there was something much grander afoot and I believe that we see its ugly head finally surfacing. The letter bothered me for this reason,”…it is imperative this discussion be had in Congress, not silenced unilaterally by executive orders.” And it becomes clearer here, “we will enforce the rights guaranteed to our citizens by the Constitution.”

    Am I the only one who sees where this is headed? I thought all along that the target was the Constitution not guns. Mark my words, the gun debate is a red herring. When you see the move towards a Constitutional Convention get ready. This is something that has not been prepared for and should it happen woe be unto us. The entire Bill of Rights will become the target and as of this moment the “common sense” crowd does not have the steam to thwart such an attack.

    I hate to say this but I believe that we’d better be ready to toe the line right here and oppose (by any means necessary) any attempt to change anything. If we do anything at all, we should go on the offensive aimed at the repeal of any gun legislation passed since 1960, specifically target Presidential fiat and finally deal with the Supreme and lower courts by demanding term limits, litmus tests before appointment etc.

    To be totally honest, I fear that judgement has come to the USA. As Thomas Jefferson said, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” If this is the case we labor in vain and towards the wrong ends. I fear for my country. Please join me in prayer to a holy God that he forgive our sin and stay His judgement. If we are foolish enough to place our faith solely on the power of the gun we’re doomed before we start.

  2. Folks: “PEOPLE HAD TO BE KILLED for the GUN LAWS to pass” just as they were killed for the Patriot Act to pass:

    FBI’s Ted Gunderson: a Female DOJ attorney (one of the authors of “Patriot Act” in the 80’s) said “PEOPLE HAVE TO BE KILLED for the bill to pass” @ Min: 3.30:


  3. … and, not to be outdone are the Real Men and Real Ladies of the Great KEYSTONE State – the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    News item: PA State Representative Introduces Legislation Against Federal Gun-Grabbing

    Today – January 23, 2013 – Pennsylvania became the 13th state in the last three weeks to introduce legislation nullifying all new federal encroachments of firearms ownership.  State Representative Daryl Metcalfe modeled the Right to Bear Arms Protection Act (H.B. 357) after legislation recently introduced in Wyoming and Texas.

    Highlights of House Bill 357 include:

    • prohibitions against enforcement of any new federal registration, restriction or prohibition requirement for privately owned firearms, magazines and ammunition.
    • the requirement that the state of Pennsylvania, including the Office of Attorney General, to intercede on behalf of Commonwealth citizens against any federal attempt to register, restrict or ban the purchase or ownership of firearms and firearms accessories which are currently legal products.
    • felony charges against anyone – including federal agents who try to enforce any type of gun control restriction within state borders.
    “Passage of my legislation will send the message that there will never be additional gun control, anywhere in Pennsylvania,” said Metcalfe.  “Whether by White House executive orders, congressional fiat, or judicial activism, we will never allow the left to benefit from the wicked acts of murderers in order advance their senseless gun-grabbing agenda which would only succeed in replacing one of our most sacred personal liberties with the chains of government tyranny.”

    – Article respectfully submitted in honor of Ludwig Vysinger, who was wounded at Germantown after battles at Trenton and Brandywine. Love that man.

  4. Mr. Obama has to be a front for a larger organization and purpose. His leadership has set about systematically destroying American institutions and traditions. Look for mass registration of firearms in America. A process that has the eager support of libs and Demon crats. Our military can not be compared to its former greatness. Mr. Obama is doing a great job of destroying it. Members of the military are systematically being replaced by Mr. Obama supporters. Look for our firearms to go folks. Remember – “ASSAULT WEAPONS” belong to the police and the military, not the people, according to the President, most of the media, libs and Demon Crats. Wonder where it will all wind up.

    Dale R. Suiter
    Ex Marine

  5. Retired Marine Joshua Boston wrote a similar letter to Dianne Feinstein but after initial coverage it disappeared. I wonder why. After all these false flags the Yupskis must have thought confiscation would have been a walk in the park. Now they have to put their deportation plans on hold even longer.

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  7. Charlton Heston joins in:


  8. According to REASON Magazine, two state sheriff’s associations (UT and NM) and 90 sheriffs have pledged to oppose any Obama gun grabs. We need this number to be hundreds!

  9. I will say one thing about “Obama” (if that’s even his real name): he’s got a big set of balls. Either that or he feels that the Jews backing him up are all-powerful and thus completely invincible (which they may very well be). Here’s a “person” who’s not even a citizen of the U.S., openly and proudly attempting to drive the final nail into America’s coffin.

    Of course, acknowledgement also goes out to the masses of corrupt Judges and State Attorneys General and various sundry politicians and bureaucrats of every stripe, e.g., at the Hawaii Dept. of Health, who have no problem lying, cheating, stealing, killing and generally selling out everything and everybody…without whose treacherous criminal complicity we would not be on the verge of utter self-destruction.

  10. Nullification needs to happen at many levels and it already has many times in the past. Alan Stang wrote about local sheriff’s nullifying illegal federal acts in 2009.

    The OathKeepers ( have made clear where they stand. NUMBER ONE among the ten orders they WILL NOT obey is to disarm law-abiding Americans.

    As Stang noted, within his/her county jurisdiction, the local sheriff has more authority than the governor of the state or the President of the United States or any of their agents. Sheriffs from Oregon, to Kentucky, Texas and Georgia have taken public stands that they will not obey any unconstitutional orders (especially on guns) nor will they allow federal agents to enforce those laws in their jurisdictions. We need ALL our local sheriffs nation-wide to stand and be counted. I have notified my local sheriff that I will serve on a deputized posse to protect my county and its citizens against unlawful federal agents.

    However, we know that all sheriff’s are politicians and some have ambitions that have co-opted them. As Will Grigg noted recently, feds (agencies and federal courts) will claim authority over local agencies (or their assets) if they have ever taken a dime of federal money such as property seized under federal asset forfeiture law or grant monies for equipment or vehicles.

    Governors and state legislators obviously have a role to play and should step forward to interpose the state’s power to protect their citizens against federal agents who may try to enforce unconstitutional acts/orders/regulations. About a dozen states have pending bills to nullify federal firearms acts that violate the second amendment and/or state constitutions and which provide penalties for federal agents trying to enforce such acts/orders.

    Of course, local sheriffs and local governments need to take action to nullify illegal acts by feds OR State officials. In the state of New York, the state officials have gone rogue before the feds. Again, the action needed is local nullification of illegal laws. This video shows a LARGE crowd gathered in Albany, NY, to protest illegal gun grabs by the state of New York.

    Beaufort County NC is taking a stand and asking the NC governor and legislature to act in defense of the rights of their citizens.

    I’ve written my state senator and representative, my governor and my local sheriff. We all need to know what side our local sheriff is on. Has he/she been co-opted by federal money or higher ambitions? Local judges and prosecutors have a role to play, too, in protecting against federal tyranny.

    Finally, as mentioned in the NY video link above, we as jurors can nullify unconstitutional “law” by acquitting defendants charged under the bogus law.

    In the context of defying King George III with the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin used these words: “We must all hang together or we will, most assuredly, all hang separately.” Individually, no local or state official can stand alone, but general resistance from many locales would be more than the ambitious feds could handle. When the chips are down, will enough have the courage as we did to defy British tyranny? Remember, it was a minority of colonists that took that stand.

  11. Thanks Mr. Dean, I forwarded this to Montana’s Law Enforcement. (Protect and Serve) It is time that the Sheriff’s of these United States realize they have more Power then the POTUS who studied Constitutional Law just enough……….. TO DESTROY IT!

    For those who support this Dictator, Remember that as the sound of a buzzing Drone murders another U.S. Citizen that has no chance to Surrender to even hear the Charge (IF ANY) or see any Evidence (IF ANY) before You, Emergency Aid workers and your Funeral are BOMBED!

    Today Children emancipate themselves from their Parent’s. I would as a Cousin of Obomber’s like to do the same. Thankfully I was born FIRST and it is HE that is related to I, not I to Him! FAIL!

    • Thanks K7, We need to get some very visible support coming in behing those who went out on point. The powers that be are very quick to pick up on groundswells in progress and they try to defuse them early as if they get big, once they are done with one issue, rather than just going home, they move on to another one.

      That is what they don’t want to let happen…all the divided and conquered people forming a tight working group and then seeing how effective that can be at getting some reform done.

    • Well said, K7KTR. I’m a Montanan, too..

      Jim Dean, please feel free to give this guy my email. We need to mount a resistance ASAP and time is running short.

  12. I’ve heard for years that the Sheriff’s office is the only legal and constitutional empowered entity able to spearhead the revolt against the Feds. Never saw how this could happen since they usually went along with and enforced whatever laws, however unjust, came down from on high.
    Until this. This affront to the Second Amendment by sidestepping Congress with executive orders, it seems to be the last straw. Not only for these Sheriffs in Utah. But there have been 20 or so Sheriffs, and more joining in across the country, who have voiced or stated in writing they will oppose any unconstitutional federal interdiction of the Second Amendment.
    This changes things. And instills new, long abandoned hope that we really have a chance at returning to a Constitutional Republic. The one our founders started. A type of governance our generation thought we had, but in reality, has not really known.

    Thank you Mr. Dean. Great work, as always!

  13. I gotta say… this holds a hell of a lot more promise than Obama calling Netanyahu a coward. The Sheriffs are real and their cause is for the American people, whereas the Federal Government, well, the Feds seem to be for themselves, don’t they?
    Thank you so much for this ‘music to our ears’, Mr. Dean.

  14. Mr. Dean,
    It certainly appears that any number of incidents with “Assault Weapons” are conveniently timed to forward the agenda of removing the last vestiges of America’s rights, to keep the media hype coming, to continue the fraud that stealing the rights of Americans makes us all somehow “safer”.
    I am convinced that the last stages of implementing the agenda known for FEMA camps, microwave assault, drug “therapy”, economic “recovery”, drones, criminal disregard of our natural rights, and instituting the corporate government model is indeed the gun grab.
    I just hope people remember exactly who it is leading the charge.
    Certainly seems that civil war agenda is moving forward.

  15. More of this! Yes. Enough wet noodle NWO politics by vegan self loathers. Lock and Load.

  16. Hello America, print out the letter in poster size and place it on a cardboard on your pickup that everyone can see it.

  17. I wish more people felt as all of yous do~

  18. Thanks Jim. You mentioned before an interesting point of establishing a separate branch of gov to deal with the infestation of corruption. I’d say this is a good start…
    Thanks Jim

  19. The white stallion paws its hoof.

  20. Interesting update on the guns debate and the guns found at Sandy Hook elementary school:

  21. well said. The sherrif must understand, however, that Obama like Bush has totally broken his oath to defend the constitution and has done completely the opposite. It is the whitehouse that has turned the U.S into a police state. As Bill cooper said before 9/11 “They (the government) must do something terrible (to be blamed on Bin laden) to regain the support of the masses of sheeple..because they had not been able to bring about total tyranny by getting the guns out of the hands of the American people”. Bill was gunnded down a month after 9/11..his voice is sadly missed today,,they knew he was a threat.

  22. also would like to add, another 49 states doing this exact same thing would do worlds of good !!!! They wont all do it some are already bought and paid for,hopefully in a day or so he has been sent at least 26 more, the high electoral college read(Fraud), states would be the best… Texas, Florida, California,Illinois and Omaha would be the best ones 157 electoral,this is the best way to send message to Obama Though. Well done Utah Sheriffs Association for having the largest Testicular fortitude in the USA.

    • Spread the word folks with this link. I have contacted them to discuss some ideas to take this a bit further.

      You see how quickly the sheriffs can act. The Rebulicans in the House have not been able to even tell us that no gun legislation will get out of the House. Why not? They control it. That is an indication they are milking it, don’t want it resolved now but to push it into the mid term elections.

  23. I agree completely..from top to bottom.


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