Sheriff Mack Touts Second Amendment
By Mike A. Bozarth
Former Sheriff Richard Mack spoke to a large crowd last Thursday evening at a meeting of the St. Joe Tea Party Patriots.
Mack, a former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, has authored several books, and is a strong guns rights advocate. He was the first sheriff to sue the federal government over the “Brady Act.”
Mack now leads the Constitutional Sheriffs and Police Officers Association (cspoa.org), with over 500 members.
He encouraged tea party members to support the issue of state sovereignty. “The federal government is not our boss, because we created the federal government,” Mack said. “They did not create us.”
Sheriff Mack believes states needs to take a stand against the federal government. He favors effors efforts by legislatures and local sheriffs to nullify federal laws they find objectionable to their oath of office.
“The federal government has no authority over county sheriffs,” he said. “If any sheriff or county official–if they’re going to keep their oath–will stand against incursions of the federal government.”
“The state of Missouri is soverign, we can tell the federal government to leave us alone, stay out, take your money with you and go back to Washington,” Mack said.
“The greatest threat to our Constitutional freedom is our own federal government–with the complicity of the United Nations,” he said.
“The Founders said the Second Amendment shall not be infringed.” Sheriff Mack said. That’s pretty strong language.
Buchanan County Presiding Com-missioner R.T. Turner also spoke at the tea party meeting, held at the East Hills Library. He spoke briefly about the proposed ambulance district sales tax that will appear on the November ballot. He said he would come back to the tea party meeting next month to explain it more.
State Rep. Delus Johnson (R-St. Joseph) spoke to the group about H.B. 253. That bill would have decreased the Missouri Income Tax for corporations and individuals over time, and replace it with a sales tax. “People are doing business with a tax code that is over 100 years old,” he said.
Rep. Johnson said he was a co-sponsor of H.B. 436–the Second Amend-ment Preservation Act. “We have to let the federal government know wer’re not going to go along with losing our gun rights.”
Rep. Johnson favored overriding the governor’s veto of both HB 253 and HB 436.