Many American gun owners are worried by President Obama's gun control blustering, and they're thinking about what they might do should Obama either sign a law or issue an executive order commanding gun owners to turn in their guns to the government.
Not surprisingly, some of those gun owners are planning a little civil disobedience. After all, we are descendants of a people who fought hard for our constitutional freedoms.
Midland County Sheriff, Gary Painter, recently said in a speech that he would not enforce an executive order to confiscate guns. [Note: He is one of many sheriffs who said they will stand up to Obama on gun control.]
So it was interesting to see the opinion piece in the local paper warning the sheriff that the writer expects him to enter homes and confiscate guns if President Obama did in fact issue such an executive order. They are talking about an executive order from President Obama, mind you, not a law passed by both houses. Recall that one of the President's solo acts - a recess appointment - was declared unconstitutional by a Federal Court just the other day and is on its way to the Supreme Court.
The editorial writer wants law enforcement officers to exercise a zero tolerance for violations of executive orders and laws. That's radical. LEOs must be able to exercise some discretion or the whole system would collapse. The public wouldn't tolerate speeding tickets for traveling one mile an hour over the speed limit.
An executive order that immediately makes criminals out of thousands of otherwise law abiding citizens is bad law. And a wise LEO wouldn't attempt to enforce it, especially an executive order that is unconstitutional on its face.
Here's a question for the workers at the Midland Reporter Telegram. Have you ever used a radio scanner to listen to police or fire radio transmissions? And if so, did any information you got from that transmission benefit your work? If the answer to both of these is "yes," then you've violated the city code. Please go turn yourself in. If anyone short of a judge in your trial attempts to dismiss you, then insist on zero tolerance.
Speaking of gun grabbing governments, it happened in Australia. And it spawned a joke. Here goes. Question: Why do Australians oil their lawns? Answer: To keep their guns lubricated.
Hmm. I guess it lost something in translation.