Originally posted April 29, 2013.
The recent Boston bombings locked down one of America’s landmark cities for days. The disaster was perpetrated by just two relatively poorly equipped and prepared kids. At the same time, anti-Second Amendment liberals, led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Mario Cuomo of New York and Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland, are attempting a full-scale rearguard action on the Second Amendment rights of Americans. It’s a dangerous time in American history. You and your family are going to need to know whom to rely on for both support and emergency planning.
When it comes to saving your family’s life, information is your strongest ally. You may not be familiar with the name Sheriff Richard Mack. On December 4 1996, along with Sheriff Jay Printz, Sheriff Mack appeared before the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court to attack the constitutionality of the Brady Bill (See The Magic of Gun Control). Sheriff Mack maintained that the county sheriff did not work for the federal government, the U.S. Congress, or the president. Sheriff Mack believes that the rights of the people are paramount. “This is acknowledgment of state sovereignty and local autonomy.” Back on 21 January 1994, federal agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) marched into an Arizona Sheriffs Association meeting in Phoenix. The agents delivered to each sheriff a 20-page document obligating sheriffs to basically work for the Federal Government, and for free. Sheriff Mack alone determined that he was not going to comply with the Brady Bill.
Finally the big day of reckoning came for Sheriffs Mack and Printz. On 27 June 1997, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 split decision, ruled that the Brady Bill was unconstitutional, and that the Federal Government could not issue directives to the States or to their political subdivisions. The Federal Government was forbidden to compel the States “to enforce or administer a federal regulatory program…. Such commands are fundamentally incompatible with our constitutional system of dual sovereignty.” Your state sheriff, in many ways, is your last line of defense.
So, #6 on my emergency-planning list is information. For starters, I encourage you to order each of Sheriff Mack’s quick-read books: (1) The Magic of Gun Control, (2) The County Sheriff, America’s Last Hope, (3) From My Cold Dead Fingers. You also want Self-Defense Laws Of All 50 States. Next week I will continue my top 10 list for emergency planning.