Tvandermyde, on 04 April 2012 - 04:01 PM, said:
DM -- I agree but the NAGR press release today is why we don;t need their help and they are a bunch of a$clowns.
If we are talking about the comments on Pike County in a press release I agree... Here is my response to Dudley Brown... I wrote him back at noon today...
My response to NAGR re their April 4, 2012 Press Release...
My name is Dan Mefford, and I was the one who initiated the referendum with some huge assistance from other volunteers. We were able to pass this Constitutional Carry referendum by a whopping 85%. I appreciate the enthusiasm for the getting the word out but we need to make a correction to some of your information.
I have appreciated your organization and it is doing a great work as we spread the message of the true meaning and interpretation of the 2A across this great nation.
Our Sheriff is not the bad guy that it appears from his press release. Sheriff Petty signed our petition and we do not think of Paul as the enemy in any way shape or form. He has met with his officers and is prepared to help people understand that while there is this conflict between the state law, and now our County initiative, and the second Amendment, the People are at risk of being charged with, at the very least, a misdemeanor and possibly a felony.
The Illinois State Police (ISP) have made it clear that they are under direct orders from the state to arrest the People who violate state law until a court case changes things or the legislature. The problem is, if the sheriff allowed it, it would still put the People at risk from the ISP. So he is in a rock and a hard place here. Since he has been a great supporter of our referendum we feel that your article, while enthusiastic and heartfelt doesn't portray our sheriff in the correct light.
In my opinion all officers should act in accordance with the 2A and should look the other way, however that is just not going to happen. Therefore it is important the Sheriff make it clear what the consequences could be if something went really wrong… I would never say the Paul Petty is "spineless." He served his country honorably in the military and is a patriot. I feel that he is short on true in depth knowledge of the Constitution but he has treated me and our whole movement with the utmost respect and has shown that he is willing to learn, and I believe, fully supports the Constitution as he has been led to understand it.
I have seen Paul on his hands and knees working in the dirt with the rest of us (us? I shouldn't say us, I wasn't able to work on that project) to build a memorial to our men and women in the military. There is no job too dirty for Paul to jump in and do. He is the type of person who would never ask someone to do a job that he would not do. So while he had to take an official stance to keep the public from getting in some serious legal trouble I would never portray him as a tyrant.
Thanks for listening, and feel free to call me and visit about this at your convenience.
Dan A. Mefford, D.C.
Blog: Shall Not Be Infringed
Edited by dmefford, 04 April 2012 - 10:28 PM.