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Add this nugget to Alabama's long, sordid history of our elected officials pledging to ignore federal laws.  But at least Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning tries to dress his pig in a Supreme Court robe: he won't enforce any gun laws that are "unconstitutional," he promises.  

Cross posted at LeftInAlabama.com

   Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning told WHNT News 19 that his office will not enforce new gun control legislation if he feels those laws violate the Second Amendment. Dorning said he has serious doubts about President Obama’s latest proposals, stating that any gun laws which do pass would have to be in line with the U.S. Constitution and Alabama state law in order to be enforceable.
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    “As long as you are a law-abiding citizen, then I don’t see a problem with law-abiding citizens being able to arm themselves however they so choose,” said Dorning, who pledged to ignore any law that would call for the confiscation of assault weapons or any other firearm. “Our people in our communities and homes need not fear that the Sheriff of Madison County or his deputies would come to their homes and make an attempt to disarm them. It will not happen under my watch.”
Holy Marbury vs Madison, Batman!  Do not pass Go, do not ask SCOTUS for review, just call up the Madison County, AL Sheriff for Constitutional law advice!

Notice how deftly Dorning tosses in a strawman about "disarming" people at the end of that statement. It plays totally into the paranoid conspiracy theory that the feds - backed by UN black helicopters & copies of the fanciful Agenda 21 - are just waiting for marching orders from the half-Kenyan, half-Muslim, half-Socialist, half-Fascist non-American spawn of Hitler occupying the White House.  Don't bother to point out that no person can be "four halves" because these are not people who can be swayed by either logic or math

It's really amazing: the sheriff of one of Alabama's most populous counties has the time to do his job, the aptitude to study constitutional law, and the legal expertise to interpret laws. Oh, and he also possesses the total chutzpah to think that he has the authority to choose which laws he'll follow and which laws he won't.

That hasn't worked out so well for us in the past.

Let's visit those not-so-thrilling days of yesteryear, why don't we....

     - Lynching.  Now, murder has always been against the law, but Southern law enforcement officials ignored that fact when it came to lynching.  Southern politicians prevented the passage of a federal anti-lynching law and the US Office of Civil Rights (part of the DOJ) obtained its first lynching conviction in 1964 after a lynching in Florida.
     - Hate Crimes: We have federal hate crimes laws because - once again - local officials have had a tendency to ignore crimes committed against marginalized groups: GLBT, Native Americans, minority religions, etc.  

   The President cannot get the two major revisions unless Congress signs off, but Sheriff Dorning said even if they do, Washington is not his final authority.
Um... yes it is.

                     George Wallace. Schoolhouse Door.  Enough Said.

The amazing thing here is that it's Sheriff Dorning who thinks President Obama is out of line and overstepping his authority.

Please Sheriff, remove the log in your own eye before worrying about the speck in anyone else's.

Originally posted to countrycat on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:38 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  Won't enforce the law? (5+ / 0-)

    I remember an eatery in ME. where the owner refused to implement the  smoking ban.  His business was pad locked.
    Never heard he reopened.  Oppose the government as a group Sheriff Dorning, don't do this individually ro you may have a very rude awakening.

  •  Before you even start the trash-talking... (8+ / 0-)

    YES... we have #$%$ Roy Moore as our Chief Justice & a full complement of TEA Partiers in office.

    But we aren't all crazy and North Alabama folks have always been a bit snitty about the rest of the state.  The line has always been "If you've only been to Huntsville, you haven't really been to Alabama!"

    That's still true in some terms, but we've been overwhelmed lately by the pseudo-libertarian engineers who collect a government paycheck with one hand and make a rude gesture with the other.

    they sit around bitching about government spending and regulations -- with no sense of irony.

    We used to be different (at least a little bit) in the North part of the state, but damn... that's going downhill too!

    Feel for us - the good progressive people who are fighting the good fight here and in other red states.  Please don't mock us all.....  :-)

    Yes. There ARE progressive Democrats in Alabama. Visit with us at Left in Alabama

    by countrycat on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:52:39 PM PST

  •  Nice diary (2+ / 0-)
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    countrycat, BlueJessamine

    I grew up in Huntsville (Madison County seat).  They still elect crooks as sheriffs there?  Not all were crooks when I lived there, but some were.

    If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball! - Rip Torn ("Dodgeball")

    by cka on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:56:30 PM PST

    •  Sadly, Dorning has been pretty good (2+ / 0-)
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      Bob Love, cka

      until this craziness.

      He hasn't been controversial, acted like a nut, etc.

      He's just buckled down, done his job, and not used his position as a political hammer.

      But I suspect that he, like so many other GOP officeholders, is afraid of the lunatic fringe of the party and doesn't have the courage to confront them.

      Yes. There ARE progressive Democrats in Alabama. Visit with us at Left in Alabama

      by countrycat on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 02:10:46 PM PST

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      •  it is easy to talk tough (4+ / 0-)
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        countrycat, Bob Love, OldSoldier99, cka

        about something that really isn't a local sheriff's main problem.   I am sure that since none of these laws or executive orders contemplate seizures of legally acquired weapons/arrests of people with permits for their legally aquired weapons,  the sheriff has little to worry about.   If they arrest someone on felony charges who has an illegally modified weapon, no permits, well, they weren't law abiding and I am sure the local assistant DA will throw the weapons charge in with the other charges.

        Pretty much it is a way for the sheriff to win political favor with bluster that doesn't mean he does his job any differently.  Keeps the nutcases off his back.

  •  Well No BATF Licenses For Gun Dealers In His Area! (5+ / 0-)

    .... which means that no manufacturers can legally ship to them, so he's declaring that all the gun shops in his area are out of business.

    let that sink in for a while.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 02:12:16 PM PST

  •  Well we had a few "cracker" sheriff's (1+ / 0-)
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    countrycat

    such as this guy (not only in the south but several in the Pacific NW) spouting off and making proclimations about what is constitutional and what is not, but on the other side we had 21,000 police chiefs endorsing PBO's approach.
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

    by gritsngumbo on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 03:04:44 PM PST

    •  I'm thinking it's going to be a battle (0+ / 0-)

      between the sheriffs and the police chiefs.

      Going to be interesting, for sure...

      Yes. There ARE progressive Democrats in Alabama. Visit with us at Left in Alabama

      by countrycat on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 03:35:12 PM PST

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      •  countrycat, thanks for the link to your site. (1+ / 0-)
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        countrycat

        Posted a link to the ABC "concealed carry" segment on my Facebook NELA Democrats page.

        "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

        by gritsngumbo on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 04:53:57 PM PST

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    •  Yep, Oregon has a couple of these (1+ / 0-)
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      countrycat

      And, as if on cue, a bunch of nincompoops on Facebook chimed in to say what a righteous dude Linn County Sheriff Mueller was - standing up to the feds and all. Of course, county sheriffs are rarely called upon to make federal arrests, it's the FBI that takes care of that.

      I watched a couple of friends from way back in my long ago have at this. It wasn't pretty. One of them, we were neighbors for years, three doors away back in the 1960s and 70s was particularly exercised that someone was going to take away his guns. Why, truth be told, he'd scared off four toughs with his trusty shootin' arn some years ago, and he wouldn't be here to tell us the story if he hadn't had his sidearm.

      I resisted the impulse to chime in with "Cool story, bro!" but as the conversation went on, he traded more and more heavily on his personal experience in facing down the four tough guys. When my other friend responded to a rather over-the-top comment with "Tell that to the parents of the Sandy Hook kids," the first friend became quite butthurt and opted out of further posting, "we can no longer be friends."

      Sheesh.

      My take on this is that doing nothing is no longer acceptable. We're going to do something, even if it's horribly wrong by the NRA's lights. And dumbass local sheriffs who don't quite understand what their job is can take their chances at the next election.

  •  Sheriffs aren't responsible for enforcing federal (1+ / 0-)
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    misslegalbeagle

    law, so I'm not sure it matters.

  •  Not to burst your bubble... (0+ / 0-)

    ...but he's in the right, constitutionally speaking.  State and local law enforcement officers don't have to enforce federal laws.  That's why cops in Colorado don't have to arrest people for marijuana possession.  

  •  Whatta a butthead (0+ / 0-)

    So, if a mentally ill individual is reported to this sheriff by a counselor who thinks s/he's dangerous, this cop will do nothing?

    So, if this cop learns that a convicted felon has a gun, he'll do nothing, nada?

    Somehow I think if he suspected an illegal immigrant had a gun, he'd do SOMETHING!

    He should pray no mass shooting by someone who should not have a gun happen in his community.

    The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

    by LiberalLady on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:40:37 PM PST

  •  Someone needs to send this dude (0+ / 0-)

    a copy of Scalia's ruling in Heller, which left room for regulations.

    The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

    by LiberalLady on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:43:14 PM PST

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