Letter to Yavapai County Board Of Supervisors
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Date: December 17, 2019
1015 Fair Street
Prescott, AZ 86305
Petition to declare a Sanctuary County.
Arizona State Director
Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA)
Dear Sirs and Madam,
It is with regret I find myself having to write you in times of such national and state distress, asking you to support something so basic as a fundamental, inalienable right as the right of the people to keep and bear arms, protected in our constitutions.
There was much debate during the convention concerning a standing army under the power of the General Government. The reasoning and arguments brought forth then are realities of today as evidenced by those in “power” in Virginia, Oregon, Washington State, and New Mexico to name a few. In Virginia, the state government is threatening to call the national guard against the people. Not to protect against an uprising and civil unrest, but to call for enforcement of unconstitutional law over the people, taking away their right to keep and bear arms. This is tyranny, being threatened with force.
Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist No. 29, addressed many of these concerns of a standing army, as did Governor Patrick Henry during his debates. These are just two I will mention. I briefly address it here to highlight the importance of the position you take today. The key being that freedom and liberties are the rights of the people and the people’s rights to protect those are of the most fundamental of those rights. The actions and rhetoric of legislators at all levels of government are at an unprecedented level of vitriol and contempt towards the people they are expected to protect. Instead, they espouse a right of rule over the people and not to be in service to the people. The actions you take today, will either be a show of support and understanding for your role and the source of your authority as well as to the oath of your office you swore; to uphold and defend the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Arizona.
This segment from Federalist No. 29, Alexander Hamilton, is speaking on the balance of needing a regular “Militia” under the control of the General government, in service at the ready when needed and training regularly, while having an ability of “Posse Comitatus” of the people.
“The attention of the government ought particularly to be directed to the formation of a select corps of moderate extent, (emphasis mine) upon such principles as will really fit them for service in case of need. By thus circumscribing the plan, it will be possible to have an excellent body of well-trained militia, ready to take the field whenever the defense of the State shall require it. This will not only lessen the call for military establishments, but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form any army of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow citizens. This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist.”
“… There is something so far-fetched and so extravagant in the idea of danger to liberty from the militia, that one is at a loss whether to treat it with gravity or with raillery; whether to consider it a mere trial of skill, like the paradoxes of rhetoricians; as a disingenuous artifice to instil prejudices at any price; or as the serious offspring of political fanaticism. Where in the name of common-sense, are our fears to end if we may not trust our sons, or brothers, our neighbors, our fellow citizens?”
Arizona’s state constitution is clear as to where you, and all government derives its powers and where this power rests. Article 2 “Declaration of Rights” Section 2, says:
“All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.”
Herein lies your responsibility and purpose, which should make your decision easy, requiring little thought. You took an oath; your position is in service to the people and your responsibility is clear. Government has no legislative authority over the rights of the people. If this were so, then they wouldn’t be rights, instead priviledges that they can change at will by those in charge.
The people and I are before you not to ask you to protect our rights, you already promised to do this when you took your oath and we gave our trust to you. We are here asking you to uphold your promise to the people and vote in accordance to it.
Arizona Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.