Local sheriffs strongly support Second Amendment

Published 12:03am Sunday, February 3, 2013

By ROD GUAJARDO & VERSHAL HOGAN

NATCHEZ — Lawmakers in Mississippi and Louisiana are launching counteroffensive measures against federal gun control efforts, but two local sheriffs said they aren’t jumping on any bandwagons just yet.

Following President Obama’s recent gun control proposals, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said he opposes anything that would jeopardize the Second Amendment.

Bryant said he and other lawmakers would, “immediately pass legislation that would make any unconstitutional order by the president illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state or local law enforcement.”

The effort is aimed at Obama’s push to ban military-style assault weapons, require background checks on all firearms purchases and limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.

Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said he’s not afraid to admit that he’s a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

“My philosophy is that the Second Amendment is exactly what it states, that the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed — shall not unless you are a felon or are in extenuating circumstances where you are not responsible to have one.”

While some might interpret the amendment other ways, Mayfield said he believes it is fundamentally about self-defense.

“I don’t believe it has anything to do with hunting, I believe it has to do with basic self-defense — the people have the right to defend themselves,” he said. “If you feel your life is in danger you have the right to use whatever force necessary.”

The sheriff said he’s not worried about having to enforce any potential new federal gun laws.

“The federal people would have to support the federal laws,” he said. “If they are federal laws, I would think the enforcement would be under the federal statutes, and I don’t think we are going to enact any state laws that are going to go against the Second Amendment.”

In Louisiana, Republican state lawmakers have announced an effort called “Defend Louisiana” that is designed to defend gun ownership rights in Louisiana.

“If we don’t stand strong to defend our Second Amendment rights, they’re going to be eroded away slowly, sort of like a tide that creeps in,” said Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City, who is leading the effort. “We don’t need to whittle away at law-abiding citizens’ rights.”

Concordia Parish Sheriff Kenneth Hedrick said he is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, but also cares about the safety of residents in the area.

“My personal belief is that every citizen of Concordia Parish who has a legal right to possess a firearm should have the right to do so,” Hedrick said. “I don’t take gun control lightly, but my main goal is to ensure the safety of the people of Concordia Parish.”

Hedrick said he believes the gun control reforms being pushed on the federal level should focus on keeping guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous people.

“I believe there should be better background checks as far as checking for a history of mental health in whoever is purchasing a gun,” Hedrick said. “But bad guys aren’t usually the ones who buy guns at a store.”

The efforts taken by lawmakers, Hedrick said, won’t be of great concern to his department unless other law enforcement agencies, like the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association, back the efforts.

But even then, Hedrick said he would make a decision based on what’s best for Concordia Parish, not what other groups are supporting or rejecting.

“We do stand by the sheriff’s association and all the sheriffs in Louisiana, but if they come up with something we’re still going to do whatever is best for Concordia Parish,” Hedrick said. “Our main goal no matter what’s going on across the nation is to protect the lives and property of citizens of Concordia Parish.”

  • Anonymous

    Theory question – does the second amendment allow citizens to own bazookas, shoulder launched missiles, machine guns, etc.? I’m not sure from a legal standpoint that limiting the destructive power of the “arm” is a violation of the second. Our forefathers that wrote the constitution likely had no idea of the firepower that has developed since that time. I support the right to protect oneself, but have problems with outlaws having enough firepower to outshoot me under Mayfield’s interpretation.

  • https://plus.google.com/101785462960818953428/posts Wilson Phillips

    I can understand the reasoning of stopping the general public from owning missile launchers and such. On the other hand, I feel we should be as well armed as the military or the outlaws. There are no easy answers to these questions. The biggest problem is that no matter what limits the law puts on the law abiding citizens, the outlaws will still do whatever they want. I, for one, do not want to be outgunned.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.russel.1806 Jack Russel

    In the 20th century, the greatest unnatural killer of human beings was not plague, cancer, or accidents. It was democide: death by government.

    Governments murdered more people in the last 100-plus years than any other killer in existence on record. Statistics vary between 250 and 300 million dead depending on the source, but these counts typically only include civilian casualties and are underestimated. With military deaths added, the numbers soar much, much higher.
    Hare just a few countries that have slaughtered millions in the past century:

    China (PRC) (1949 – 1987) — 76,702,000 people killed.

    USSR (1917 – 1987 ) — 61,911,000 people killed.

    Western Colonialism (combined) — 50,000,000 people killed.

    Hitler’s Germany (1933 – 1945) — 20,946,000 people killed, including their own population.

    Japan (1936 – 1945) — 5,964,000 people killed.

    Pol Pot’s Cambodia (1975 – 1979) — 2,035,000 people killed. Pol Pot was funded by U.S. government.

    The death toll is so big, the horrifying devastation is hard to fathom. The list of serial killing governments goes on and on. For more statistics on governments murdering their citizenry, visit the University of Hawaii’s democide webpage.

    What did many of these slain people have in common? They were disarmed. In many cases, bans on firearm possession left the majority of guns in the hands of a state who then turned its weapons against its own people.

    Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Mao all banned private gun ownership. As the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) points out, “When the civilians are defenseless and their government goes bad [...] thousands and millions of innocents die.” JPFO has made two videos underscoring the gun control agenda targeting vulnerable groups, then enslaving and murdering them following disarmament.
    How many of those people probably thought to themselves it would never happen there or to them and their families? But it did.

    For a rundown of how gun control — or the idea that government controls all the guns while the people are disarmed and helpless against it — visit the JPFO website.

    The 2nd Amendment reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    The phrase “shall not be infringed” is as straight forward as it gets. The reason this Amendment was written had nothing to do with hunting and everything to do with protecting ourselves from a tyrannical, out of control government and its standing army.

    In the wake of the tragic Connecticut school massacre, we have witnessed an all out war on our 2nd Amendment rights, culminating in Senator Dianne Feinstein calling for draconian anti-gun legislation which Obama says he will put his “full weight” behind.

    These laws would not have stopped the Sandy Hook massacre, considering the guns were stolen, used in what was supposed to be a gun-free zone which was first broken into, and Connecticut already had an assault weapons ban in place.

    Yet, this tragedy is being used as a pretext to confiscate our guns and subvert our 2nd Amendment. History has shown that disarming citizens is tantamount to democide.

    History is repeating itself.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    This isn’t anything hard but doing the right thing and any sensible person as myself feel strongly for the 2nd amendment but also I agree totally with President Obama on his executive move !! No one as myself needs assault weapons, long magazines, and everyone know this picture show without explanation!! This has become a political football of the republicans and the republican NRA but I tell you people when you lose a family members to these crazies from these guns as in the past you will be begging for gun control !! I stand behind this president on this issue as the 60 plus per cent of people!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Too lengthy of a comment that like a mountain trying to be built from a mold hill which is too political and people not being reasonable!!

  • Anonymous

    I’M NOT GOING TO SPEND TO MUCH TIME ON THIS ARTICLE ON THIS BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY MORNING. NOW, LETS GET DOWN TO BUSINESS. HAVE YOU EVER HAD THE TIME TO ASK YOURSELF *WHY* IT’S JUST *REPUBLICANS* FIGHTING AGAINST CHANGE IN GUN LAW ? HAVE YOU EVER WONDER WHY THEY ARE USING THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO SUPPORT THERE CLAIM. THERE WAY OF THINKING ABOUT ANYTHING THAT’S GOOD FOR THIS COUNTRY IS SO FAR OUT IN LEFT FIELD THAT IT CAUSED THEM TO LOOSE THE ELECTION. NOW LET ME JUST SAY A FEW THING ABOUT OUR SHREFF, >THE KINGGOOD LUCK SUCKERS<.

  • Anonymous

    Jack Russell you are a terrier.

  • https://plus.google.com/101785462960818953428/posts Wilson Phillips

    “You will be begging for gun control !!”

    And that is exactly how it will come to pass.

    Most people think that they only want so called Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazines. Ask the people of New Orleans what the US Army did on their practice run after Katrina. The Army went house to house. Kicking in doors at night and confiscating every firearm. They left those citizens helpless. That is how they will do it to the rest of us, but it won’t just be our military. They will have U.N. troops from other countries here to lend a hand. Just in case our soldiers are not willing to pull the trigger on their own citizens.

    I guess you and dave07deuce07 will be out there shouting “Hallelujah! All Praise Lord Obama!” on that glorious and fateful day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.russel.1806 Jack Russel

    And you sir are a wabbit. Woof.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    My Daughter was in NOLA during Katrina as a perimedic and she said she hasn’t heard nothing of what you wrote about the Army so start writing the facts and also stop scaring people as you republican do!!

  • https://plus.google.com/101785462960818953428/posts Wilson Phillips

    Don’t take my word for it. Just Google katrina gun confiscation and see for yourself.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Thats the reason I have been saving my Confederate money for the South will Rise again and Dixie will be song very loudly!! Yeppe”

  • Anonymous

    Any clarification on whether the statistics you quote include abortions, e.g. China with one child per couple rule? That doesn’t have much of anything to do with guns and the second amendment.

  • Anonymous

    wilson phillips, THAT’S NOT A BAD IDEAL IF EVERYONE HAVE TO GIVE UP THERE GUNS. THERE TRULY WOULD BE LESS HUMPS IN THE GROWN TODAY. PEOPLE CAN JUST FIST FIGHT TO SETTLE THERE DIFFERENCE. CAN YOU AMAGINE YOU AND I SETTLING OUR DIFFERENCE, IF YOU LOOK LIKE YOU DO ON YOUR PHOTO OP, MOST LIKELY I’LL WIN. DO YOU KNOW THE REASON THOSE WEAPONS WAS TAKEN FROM THOSE PEOPLE AFTER KATRINA, WHICH DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH GUN CONTROL ? THOSE PEOPLE WERE SHOOTING AT THE POLICES AND ANYONE ELSE THAT WASN’T HELPING THEM OUT THAT SITUATION. ONCE AGAIN, IF THAT’S YOU ON YOUR PHOTO, I LIKE THAT HAT, YOU FALLS RIGHT ALONE WITH THE: OLD/WHITE/REPUBLICANS/BLACK PRESIDENT HATERS. I HOPE YOU AND I BE AROUND TO SEE IT ALL GO DOWN.

  • Anonymous

    LET ME SAY A LITTLE BIT TO ADAMS COUNTY SHREFF. KING, YOU MIGHT AS WELL WEAR YOUR MASK TO WORK. I KNOW PULLING IT OFF EACH TIME BEFORE WORK IS GETTING OLD. EACH AND EVERY TIME YOU APPEAR IN A ARTICLE, YOU EXPOSE YOURSELF FOR WHO YOU REALLY ARE. I HATE TO SEE TAX PAYERS MONEY GOING TO SUCH PEOPLE. GET YOURSELF A PRIVATE JOB AND DO AS YOU PLEASE. ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT TAKING CARE OF YOUR DEPUTIES. WHAT IS IT DIFFERENCE THAT YOU DO THAT OTHERS LEADERS ARE NOT DOING TAKING CARE OF YOUR DEPUTIES ? I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW. WHY HAVEN’T YOU SUMITTED TO THAT AUDIT YET ? IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT THE AUDIT MIGHT UPROOT, IT’S ABOUT THE PRINCIPLE. IF ANY OTHER DEPARTMENT HEAD IN N.A.C. WOULD HAVE REFUSED AN AUDIT FOR A SIMPLE REASON OF, “I-DON’T-HAVE,TIME”, I’M 100% SURE THEY WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT. THAT DICTATING TYPE OF RUNNING A DEPARTMENT THAT IS FUNDED BY TAX PAYERS MONEY GOT TO GO. THAT LITTLE CLOUT YOU HAVE IN N.A.C. *WILL* COME TO AN END SOON.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Sounds to me you must be scared in the dark or just scared of everything huh” but please don’t try the same with others!! I asked my daughter about what you put about the Army or N. Guard for she was down there as a peramedic for a month in NOLA after Katrina and she never heard anything as you wrote!! So get your facts correct for you sound like a do nothing republican starting rumurs of no good!!!

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    Wilson Phillips wrote, in response to khakirat:
    “You will be begging for gun control !!”

    And that is exactly how it will come to pass.

    Most people think that they only want so called Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazines. Ask the people of New Orleans what the US Army did on their practice run after Katrina. The Army went house to house. Kicking in doors at night and confiscating every firearm. They left those citizens helpless. That is how they will do it to the rest of us, but it won’t just be our military. They will have U.N. troops from other countries here to lend a hand. Just in case our soldiers are not willing to pull the trigger on their own citizens.

    I guess you will be out there shouting “Hallelujah! All Praise Lord Obama!” on that glorious and fateful day.

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  • https://plus.google.com/101785462960818953428/posts Wilson Phillips

    So you were too lazy to even Google katrina gun confiscation yourself? And you still want to argue? Get your head out of the sand. Arm yourself with facts before you argue with me. Don’t ask your daughter. Look it up man. The lawsuits are still ongoing and it is public record. Do not sit there and tell me I am wrong without looking it up for yourself.

    Scared? You don’t know me at all. The only thing I have ever been afraid of is a lady telling me that she is “late.”

    By the way, I am not a republican. This is not the first time you have accused me of being a republican. I am too “Middle of the Road” for either party. I refuse to listen to the lies of the Democrats or the Republicans. They are both screwing us and the sooner you realize that, the better off you will be.

  • Anonymous

    You know, nowhere in all this did I read where we are obligated to provide arms to every underling separatist group who wants to overthrow their government who they feel is repressive? Balance the budget and quit spending all our money overseas with this military aid. Then, in some of those nations where we feel the government is right, we provide arms to the government. Is this what we call a “balance of power”?

  • https://plus.google.com/101785462960818953428/posts Wilson Phillips

    Dave, this is my photo.

    So, when all the guns are gone and a gang of criminals bust your door down, I hope you are big enough to take them all down. Have you ever seen the movie “A Clockwork Orange?” It is a pretty old movie. Placed in an era when all the guns have been taken away. Gangs roam the streets. They break into peoples homes and beat them to death just for fun.

    Me, I want to be able to defend myself. Our Constitution guarantees that right, but you probably don’t need any weapons.

  • https://plus.google.com/101785462960818953428/posts Wilson Phillips

    We have spent over a half a century propping up dictatorships. All in hopes of keeping a balance of power. We have wasted our money and made many, many enemies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.russel.1806 Jack Russel

    These stats do not include abortion. That is a seperate genocide.