The showing of support was "just unbelievable," said Delta County Sheriff Fred Mckee as well over 200 enthusiastic, respectful people filled the Delta Center for Performing Arts June 13.
The show of support was inspired by the 55 county sheriffs from across Colorado who have taken a remarkable stand against the governor in a federal lawsuit to overturn two Colorado gun control laws.
Four of those 55 county sheriffs who have individually entered the lawsuit against Governor John Hickenlooper joined with McKee at the Delta Center for last week's rally and fundraiser organized by the Tri-County Tea Party.
Jon Caldara, head of the Independence Institute, a conservative "think tank" in Denver that is leading the lawsuit initiative, was also at the Delta Center event. He said the 55 county sheriffs are "incredibly brave individuals who have been fighting for our constitutional rights. These sheriffs have stood up so very bravely. They didn't need to do this, and there is nothing for them to gain personally by doing this."
McKee asked the audience to thank the Delta County Commissioners "who (unanimously) adopted a support proclamation for the Second Amendment," and over 200 people rose for a long ovation. Two of the county's three commissioners were at the event.
The 55 sheriffs seek to have HB 1224 and HB 1229, passed by the General Assembly in the last session, overturned. McKee said, "The laws don't control guns; they only control people. They don't make the public any safer."
The laws ban firearm magazines above a certain capacity and outlaw many types of private firearm ownership transfers.
Standing with McKee at the Delta Center were Sheriff Justin Smith of Larimer County; Sheriff Rick Dunlap of Montrose County; Sheriff Dennis Sprule of Montezuma County; and Sheriff Dominic Mattivi of Ouray County.
Dunlap said, "The citizens of Montrose County elected me sheriff to represent them." He added that he intends to fight "the (political) influence that was brought into this state from New York and Washington D.C.," to gain the laws' passage by Colorado's Democrat-dominated General Assembly.
Speaking in the same vein as Dunlap, Smith said, "You people are the silenced majority who were not allowed to be heard in Denver" during hearings on the two laws. "Our basic fundamental rights are under attack," Smith said adding, "I took an oath to uphold and protect and Constitution of the United States and Colorado. I have no other choice."
Sprule addressed the gathering saying, "This state has changed in recent years in ways that I don't like. Someone has got to stop them from chipping away at the Constitution."
Also present at the Delta Center event was David Kopel, an attorney who is leading the legal team on the Sheriffs' lawsuit. He has asked the federal judge to issue an injunction and keep the laws from taking effect on July 1. The laws clearly violate rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment and they infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens, he said.
The Colorado laws also violate the Fourteenth Amendment and the Americans with Disabilities act, and they run counter to the ways that people customarily associate and behave, he said.blog comments powered by Disqus