Colorado Sheriff says Lawmakers Holding Up Pay Raises Over Gun Stance
What is a case of Political Blackmail, or out and out Extortion, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says Colorado lawmakers are now punishing him and his colleagues over their stance on new gun laws.
One of a handful of Colorado sheriffs who oppose several gun control bills working their way through the state legislature claims lawmakers are threatening the salaries of sheriffs to punish them for their position.
Imagine that! This isn't just a situation where some jerkweed Democrat in Colorado's State Capital saying "Do this or else!" This is supposedly being condoned by the Colorado Governor and the Colorado Legistlature.
The clash comes as anti-gun politicians want more restrictions on the rights of all Colorado citizens.
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, while saying he would be obliged to enforce new law, publicly said he would willfully ignore a ban on high-capacity magazines and may even sue to overturn new laws he deems unconstitutional.
Now, he says a bill that would raise sheriffs' salaries is being held up at the Capitol and he knows why.
“Senate Dems have made it known, ‘Sheriffs, obey or no pay for you,’” Maketa said. “The first word that comes to my mind is extortion.”
He cited an email he received from another sheriff that read, “…I have been advised by a reliable source at the Capitol that the Dems are seriously not pleased with the [sheriffs’] positions on the gun bills… support of SB197 [one of the gun bills] would put us in a more favorable light for salary bill support from the Dems…”
Democrats hold majorities in both legislative houses.
Republican Rep. Lori Saine told Fox News that Sheriff Maketa's charge must be taken seriously.
“Any implication that this salary bill is being stymied needs to be seriously investigated,” she said.
Maketa says he would have to enforce bills signed into law. However, he said he would willfully ignore the ban on high-capacity magazines. Maketa says he's looking into the possibility of suing to overturn the bills if they become law.
Democrats say that they will allow a salary bill to raise sheriff pay to go to the floor, but only if seven Republicans, many of whom oppose the pay bill on fiscal grounds, sign on as co-sponsors. So far, that has not happened. Maketa said that is a hurdle that the gun bills did not face.
"None of these gun control bills they passed required any Republican co-sponsors -- but for the sheriff pay bill, [the speaker] required seven Republican co-sponsors to put it up for a vote," Maketa said. "I'm sorry, but that tells the truth right there."
Maketa said some of the gun control bills that have passed the legislature as unenforceable -- that he would simply assume that people’s guns had been purchased before the law and that they therefore would be grandfathered in.
"I can’t tell you when those [guns] were sold, bought and purchased. As far as I’m concerned, they were all pre-July 1st if the governor does sign this bill," he told a crowd last week.
Maketa clarified to Fox News on the phone that he would enforce laws when it was possible, saying, "I will enforce the new gun laws. I have to."
But other sheriffs have said they won't, including Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, who told Greeley Tribune that he "won’t bother enforcing" certain new gun laws.
Weld County Sheriff John Cooke's refusal to enforce gun rules is "Within Letter Of The Law"
Weld County Sheriff John Cooke says he won't enforce new gun-control measures, and legal experts say he won't be breaking the law.
Prioritizing how laws are enforced is the prerogative of local police chiefs and sheriffs. A lawsuit could be filed compelling Cooke or any other sheriff who declines to apply gun laws now on their way to the governor's desk, but it is the voters who ultimately will decide their fates.
"He couldn't be punished for not upholding these laws, but he could be ordered by the court to uphold them," said Richard Collins, a University of Colorado at Boulder law professor. "Whether anyone would bring a lawsuit to get the court to order him is pretty uncertain."
Don't you love it when you read some Democrat politician say something like "They are putting politics above their job!"
Well, Colorado State Senator Morgan Carroll, Democrat from Aurora, who is sponsor of the universal-background-checks bill said a sheriff unwilling or unable to fulfill the duties of the position should step down - and of course, "They are putting politics above their job!"
Putting politics above their job? What a line of crap!
How about the Colorado Democrats who are "putting politics above the lives and safety of the public?"
How about the woman out there who goes into a gun store to buy a gun to protect her family from a nut who she might have a restraining order on? She is now going to have to either wait until her background check comes back passed, or find herself an illegal gun from a shady source - just so she can protect her family.
Don't think things like that happen? It certainly does in California where there are background checks and waiting periods.
As for simple practicality and use of essential manpower is concerned, I agree with Sheriff Cooke and others who say they have bigger priorities than to enforce political edicts.
"Why put the effort into enforcing a law that is unenforceable?" Cooke told The Denver Post on Monday. "With all of the other crimes that are going on, I don't have the manpower, the resources or the desire to enforce laws like that."
Cooke said this is the first time in his law enforcement career that he has made the decision to not enforce a law. However, if a person who uses a gun outfitted with a magazine able to hold more than 15 rounds in a crime, that person will be charged under the new law.
Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign at least two new gun laws prohibiting domestic abusers from having access to guns and banning online-only certification for concealed-carry permits are still in the legislature.
Sheriffs in 62 of Colorado's 64 counties are elected.
As long as the elected official isn't violating the U.S. or Colorado constitutions, the ramification for noncompliance is a recall or being voted out of office, said Dave Kopel, a professor at the University of Denver law school and author of a law-school textbook on firearms law and policy.
In the last election, Cooke won with 76 percent of the vote, he said. He is in his third term and said he plans to run in 2014 if a Weld County court case dealing with county term limits is settled in his favor.
Of course, if most of the constituents agree with Cooke's decision, it could also make him more popular, said Kopel, who is also on staff at the Independence Institute think tank.
"His primary obligation is to obey the U.S. Constitution and the Colorado Constitution, and he appears to be especially conscientious in making sure he does so," Kopel said.
While it may be one of the first instances related to gun-control measures, sheriffs in the past have refused to uphold laws they did not agree with, such as prohibition, Jim Crow and immigration, Kopel said.
Other sheriffs, including Terry Maketa of El Paso County and Justin Smith of Larimer County, have also been adamant critics of the new gun-control legislation.
During a recent town-hall meeting in Colorado Springs, Maketa said he has been in discussions about a lawsuit against the state to block the new laws.
"Chiefs and sheriffs all took an oath to uphold the laws of the state," said Carolyn Tyler, spokeswoman for Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. "However, since Colorado is a local-control state, chiefs and sheriffs should work with local communities and supervisors to determine which laws to prioritize for enforcement."
Greg Gutfeld calls Jim Carrey a "deadly pathetic tool," "sad little freak," "jiberring mess"
On Monday’s episode of Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” show co-host Greg Gutfeld ripped actor Jim Carrey, who appeared in a video this weekend spoofing now-deceased National Rife Association President Charlton Heston, as a “sad little freak” and a deadly “modern bigot” desperately looking for acceptance.
The video, featuring Carrey playing Heston, is a take-off of the show “Hee Haw,” which was syndicated in the 1970s and 1980s.
“He is the most pathetic tool on the face of the earth,” Gutfeld said.
“And I hope his career is dead, and he ends up sleeping in a car the way his life began. This video only made me want to go out and only buy a gun. He thinks this is biting satire and going after rural America and a dead man. Let’s talk about Charlton Heston. Charlton Heston was one of the first actors to be behind the civil rights movement and march. What did this jackass Jim Carrey do? He was behind the anti-vaccine panic. There are what, 165,000 people that died from measles last year, according to the World Health Organization.”
“Jim Carrey has killed more people than all the rifles combined,” Gutfeld continued.
“He is a dirty, stinking coward. He is a moral coward. He did a video attacking rural America. But he wouldn’t do video about gangs, which kills way more people with handguns — he wouldn’t do that because he is worried about his career. Such a pathetic, sad, little freak. He is a jiberring mess. He is a modern bigot, he is a modern bigot. He is a bottomless pit of insecurity and the desire for acceptance is why he is doing this, because he knows in his heart he is a fraud.”
Charlton Heston, who died in 2008 at the age of 84 from symptoms related to Alzheimer's disease, served as the head of the NRA from 1998-2003.
And since there is nothing lower than mocking a dead man who can't defend himself, yes, Jim Carrey is a first rate ass!
To mock a dead man, a man who was on the forefront of the Civil Rights struggle in America. A man who served his country and contributed to it in ways that someone like Jim Carrey can neither understand or appreciate.
Yes, Jim Carrey is a Loser! He has no talent and is not funny, sort of stupid and dumb really.
He has now proven to be just another ignorant, untalented, washed up actor who sees himself as bigger and better than he is. He has shown himself to be a scumbag of the first order.
And worse, he seems to have a great deal of hate for a lot of people - mostly those who he cannot identify with such as rural Americans and conservatives.
During his foul-mouthed video, he shows exactly how much hate he has for Middle America, Rural America, people who are not like him and would never think of calling people who don't agree with him "Motherf***kers!"
In fact, ahead of the video's premiere online, he hit out at "heartless motherf**kers who want to keep America's present gun laws" on his Twitter page.
The Canadian actor Carrey claims that God would "set the vultures and coyotes" on the arms vendors. Although born in Canada, Jim holds dual nationality in both his country of birth and the United States.
Maybe he has relinguished his US citizenship? I can only hope.
In his pathedic song, Jim Carrey sings, "They couldn't press the gun from his cold dead hand. It takes a cold dead hand to decide to pull the trigger... with your cold dead anger trying to prove your d**k is bigger."
In the hours leading up to the premiere of Jim's video on FunnyOrDie.com, he sparked a gun debate with his 10.1million followers on Twitter.
What was the result of that? Well, foul-mouthed Jim Carrey called gun owners "heartless motherf**kers."
To his surprise, his tweets were met with a deluge of pro-gun responses.
And yes, while some have argued that this is a way for Jim Carrey to use the issue of gun control to re-ignite his comedy career. Most believe he stepped over the line.
When challenged by a various many gun owners and political pundits on Twitter, Carrey seemed unable to answer some simple points.
One good question: Why does he have armed guards, but the rest of Americans should hand their guns over?
Finally, when stumped himself, Carrey ended with, "I'd like to respond to all the conservative bundits out there personally but I'm far too busy NOT stumping for the gun companies!"
So OK, besides an ignorant untalented ass, he's a coward!