Constitutional Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association

I get asked often if I am a member of the Constitutional Sheriff’s Association and I am proud to say that I am.

Here are some of the things that organization stands for and why I choose to join this association:

The County Sheriff

America needs to make a strong turn around to get back on the freedom track laid for us by our Founders.  We believe it can’t be done from the top down, due to many factors, not the least of which is corruption and entrenched bureaucracies in high places.  We must, and we can, accomplish this turn- around starting locally at the county level, and lower.  The office of county sheriff is the last hope of making this happen, and we are witnessing great deeds of protection, service, and interposition across America by courageous sheriffs who only want to serve the people who elected them.

Federal control of land within the boundaries of a state

Constitutional limits on ownership and/or control of land within a sovereign state should be returned to our policies and practices.  States should have a plan for assuming control of all lands within their boundaries not obtained by Constitutional means.  Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 states that the Federal Government has the authority to:

…exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;

The federal agencies now claiming control of land within a state should be drastically downsized and/or dismantled.  County Sheriffs in these states should take their rightful position and use their authority to assist in the transfer of control of the land, and prosecution of violations of citizens’ rights by federal authorities.

The Right to Keep and Bear Arms (RTKBA) The Second Amendment

Though the vast majority of Americans are totally ignorant of the fact, the Bill of Rights (the first 10 Amendments), like Constitution itself, has a Preamble.  Here it is:

The conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution.

The 2nd Amendment (hereinafter RTKBA) is one of those “further declaratory and restrictive clauses”.  It declares in no uncertain terms that Americans have a right, and a duty to possess the means for their personal defense of themselves, their families and property, and their liberties.  As Patrick  Henry stated,

“The great object is that every man be armed” and “everyone who is able may have a gun.”

 (Patrick Henry, in the Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution. Debates and other Proceedings of the Convention of Virginia, taken in shorthand by David Robertson of Petersburg, at 271, 275 2d ed. Richmond, 1805. Also 3 Elliot, Debates at 386)

CSPOA endorses these clear statements of right, and stands to defend the RTKBA in all times and all places it is threatened.  The RTKBA is the one right in the Bill of Rights, which gives the people the means to defend the rest.  The oaths we took demand nothing less.  Americans are to be assumed to be “able” and innocent until proven otherwise, through the due process of law.

Criminals who have been adjudicated to be “prohibited possessors”, and the mentally ill who have been adjudicated as such through due process of law,  and who have been shown to be a danger to themselves or others, should indeed be prohibited from possessing firearms.

The rights of such people, if and when,  through the legal process, who have had their rights restored, should be allowed to exercise those rights once again.

Jonathan L. Knapp For Josephine County Sheriff