Florida sheriff defends citizens' rights to own guns, points out contradictions in letter to Obama

Sherriff to Obama: I won't enfor

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - In a push against the Obama administration's stance on tighter gun control laws, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott has written an open letter to the president, saying that Obama's previous decisions in fact helped to "flood the streets of America with guns and ammunition".

He also asks the president to reconsider "meddling" with American 2nd amendment rights to bear arms.

President Barack Obama recently called on Congress to act on gun control during his State of the Union address following the student massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown late last year.

But Scott says Obama isn't even effectively enforcing the current gun laws already in place.

"…the prosecution rates of federal firearm application offenses are considerably lower now then they were when you took office…" he wrote. 

He also targets the President's political origins, pointing out the Northern District of Illinois, including Chicago, experienced a significant surge in gun violence.

He wrote that Obama's "comments, associations and statistics" helped flood America with guns and ammunition at a rate never seen before.

Scott says Obama's current tone contradicts his words and actions of years' past, citing quotes from Obama's 2008 campaign.

"It's an undeniable fact that on June 13, 2008, you publically (sic) stated while campaigning, ‘If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun' and soon thereafter, you were elected President" he wrote.

He questions Obama's choice to bring rapper Common to a White House poetry event despite some of his music including lyrics such as "tell the law my Uzi weighs a ton".

He concludes the letter, saying that stripping law biding citizens of weapons won't stop criminals from committing gun crimes.

Scott then makes it clear that he supports citizen's rights to protect themselves.

"I am writing to assure you that I will not dedicate the precious and limited resources I have to enforcing congressional regulations or executives order that infringe on the constitutional rights of otherwise law abiding citizens in Lee County, Florida," the letter states.

His complete letter can be viewed on the Lee County Sheriff's Office page: http://on.fb.me/Z069si

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