Johnson County Sheriff Charles Heiss authored most of the following letter to President Obama. Sheriff Heiss has given me permission to copy and alter his letter and use as I see fit. I believe many Missouri Sheriff’s also share the same opinion of the following letter. I have added a few sentences to the original letter so it better describes my views. I respect the opinion of all our citizens and I hope they also respect my opinion and the Oath of Office I have taken as their sheriff. I personally and professionally believe there are many other useful ways to better help in educating and protecting our population then by dismantling the Constitution of the United States of America.
January 16, 2013
The Honorable Barack Obama
President United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Dear Mr. President,
My name is Steve Cox and I am the Sheriff of Livingston County, Missouri. I have held this office since January 1, 2001. I am writing to you to express my concern with the tone of your administration with respect to the Second Amendment Rights of American citizens. It appears to me and many Americans that there is a genuine desire on the part of your administration to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law abiding American citizens in the interest of curbing gun violence in our nation.
I do not know of any law abiding citizen that wants to ever see any child or adult harmed. However, I have also witnessed the Federal Government refusing to utilize the current laws to prosecute prohibited persons who are in possession of firearms. Too many of those people go on to harm others and/or create more crime victims before ever being prosecuted.
Throughout our nation’s history the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights has served as the very foundation of our free society. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution has long guaranteed our citizens the right to keep and bare arms and is central to our ability to live in a free society. Any attempt to restrict these Second Amendment rights through executive order is in my opinion unconstitutional and tantamount to an all-out assault on the United States Constitution. Just as the Fourth Amendment of the constitution guarantees our citizens the right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable search and seizure, the Second Amendment guarantees each of us the right to keep and bear arms to protect ourselves from anyone who would seek to cause us harm. This includes the federal Government.
World history has shown us that when a society does not possess the ability to defend itself it becomes ripe for victimization by criminals, and ripe for government oppression. One need not look too far in today’s world to see glaring examples of defenseless people being brutalized by rogue regimes and dictators. Syria, North Korea, and Mali are just a few examples of this type of oppression.
Furthermore, Mexico is a stark reminder of a society overrun with criminal element in the form of Drug Cartels. In my opinion, if your administration wanted to work on gun control and eliminate assault weapons going to criminals who are interested in killing other human beings then why did the Federal Government arm members of Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations which have since been used in violent crimes and murders (Fast and Furious)?
As the duly elected Sheriff of Livingston County, Missouri, it is my sworn duty to protect and defend the Constitutions of the United States of America, and the State of Missouri against all enemies both foreign and domestic. This means I not only have the duty to protect my constituents from incidents of crime, but I also have a duty and responsibility to protect and preserve the individual rights and liberties afforded and guaranteed to every citizen by our constitutions. This, Mr. President is a duty I fully understand, appreciate, and will carry out with great vigor and conviction. I will most certainly urge my fellow Sheriffs in the State of Missouri and across this great nation to rise to the defense and aid of all Americans should the federal government attempt to enact any legislation, or executive order that impedes, erodes, or otherwise diminishes their constitutional right to keep and bear arms. I will use all means legal to meet this solemn and sacred responsibility.
Steve Cox, Sheriff
Livingston County, Missouri.