Think Americans don’t care about the right to keep and bear arms? Think again.
In Salt Lake City, Utah, on January 19, nearly 3,000 liberty-minded Americans disregarded temperatures in the single digits to express their opposition to impending federal gun control programs and their support for a state bill that will stop all such efforts at the borders of the Beehive State.
The legislation in question, the State Supremacy Firearms Act, is the work of first-time state representative Brian Greene (R-Pleasant Grove).
"The Utah Legislature knows what is best with respect to gun safety in our state," Greene told the crowd gathered on the steps of the State Capitol.
Greene also shared with the rally a letter from the Utah Sheriffs’ Association to President Obama that informs the president that “no federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights — in particular Amendment 2 — has given them.”
The last line of the letter from the sheriffs brought the seriousness of the message home.
“And we are prepared,” the sheriffs write, “to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional interpretation.”
As The New American has reported, similar statements in defense of the constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms are being issued by sheriffs all around the country.
In Utah, Representative Greene believes that sheriffs will arrest and detain any federal agent attempting to enforce any executive order or act of Congress that infringes on the right to purchase or possess firearms and ammunition.
In an interview with The New American, Greene, an attorney, explained the impetus behind his gun rights legislation.
“After the Connecticut school shooting, I saw a frenzy erupt in Washington, D.C.,” Greene said. “President Obama seems determined to never let a tragedy go to waste.”
Greene went on to question the connection between the federal gun grab and the stated purpose of it — safety.
In the days after the mindless massacre at the Sand Hook Elementary School, President Obama issued the following statement, promising safety to the nation’s children:
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Photo of Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City, Utah