Ladd’s indignation at Lewis’ comments is actually pretty enlightening. Here we have an elected public official promising to protect an enumerated right from unconstitutional federal infringements, and (according to Ladd) we’re supposed to be upset because this philosophy doesn’t jive with some Bloomberg-inspired vision for a gun-free America.
I know this won’t be shocking, but we have some additional proof that the gaggle of anti-gun groups spread throughout the nation don’t generally have a firm grip on the civilian nature of our democratic republic. The pro-gun sheriff of Wicomico County in Maryland (yeah… there’s a pro-gun sheriff in Maryland) is under fire from anti-gunners after a comment he made about protecting the Second Amendment rights of Wicomico citizens. According to Delmarvanow.com, Sheriff Mike Lewis is on record explaining that Federal curbs to the Second Amendment will not be tolerated in his county:
“As long as I’m the sheriff in this county, I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip my citizens of their right to bear arms. I can tell you this, if they attempt to do that, it would be an all-out civil war, no question about it.”
Unsurprisingly, the hoplophobes seem less than thrilled about a government official actually threatening to defend his oath of office. (Strange how they aren’t outraged by Sheriffs, city councils, or municipalities invoking stricter laws than the federal government stipulates.) But rather than merely pushing for the Sheriff to be replaced in the next election, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has expressed their outrage that the Lewis is allowed to instruct other law enforcement personnel:
Ladd Everitt, director of communications for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence said he was “astonished” Lewis was still able to train law enforcement officers after making the comments.