County Sheriff slams BLM and Understands Oregon Protestors

(By Rick Dalton 17 January 2016) In a forceful rebuke of federal criminal activity against the Hammond Family of Burns, Oregon, Milwauke County, Wisconsin Sheriff Davie A. Clarke Jr., in a podcdast a week ago, talked about civil disobedience being sometimes necessary to correct the path of abusive federal agencies. Clarke’s show, which can be found on Stitcher.com, was devoted entirely to the Oregon standoff between citizens and the BLM.  Armed protestors have peacefully taken over a vacant  federal building outside the town of Burns, in order to draw attention to the plight of the Hammonds. You can liten to the episode by clicking HERE. Sheriff Clarke was the Sheriff of the Year at CSPOA for 2013, and has been in demand on national news outlets to share his conservative, no-nonsense brand of law enforcement ideas, which include suggesting his constitutents purchase and train with firearms so they can defend themselves from attacks. The standoff in Oregon is in its second week, and the federal building where the armed protestors are squatting has been basically quiet, even though there are swat teams, military special operators, and FBI undercover agents posing as militia, all in the area.  The goal of the occupation of the wildlife refuge headquarters is to force the BLM to return the land to the people who need it to make a living.  Another goal is to secure the release of a ranching father and son who have been sent to prison for a second time for the same offenses for which they were originally convicted. Sheriff Clarke outlines the history of the dispute over rural land...

Florida Sheriff puts controversial message on every patrol car.

(by Rick Dalton 5 December 2015) Walton County, Florida Sheriff Michael Adkinson Jr. is in the process of placing a bumper sticker on all the patrol vehicles of his agency. The messsage, is “In God We Trust”. Even though he has received some flak, and some talk of a lawsuit, he stands his ground, reminding citizens that this is the motto of the Stateof Florida, and the Motto of the nation.  Th Full news story can be found HERE Not everyone agrees. According to a letter sent to Adkinson by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the bumper stickers could hinder a deputy’s ability to fulfill their duties and provide a different level of service based on personal principles. “I found that to be patently offensive,” said Adkinson. “Much more offensive than placing the state motto on our car.” Anyone who disagrees, says the Sheriff, has “two options. You can get a court order or, two, you can get a new sheriff,” said Adkinson. “But I assure you, it’s not something I’m prepared to compromise on. It’s not going away.” Marianna kicks off Christmas season with parade More From our Partners Hillary Clinton is taking on the NRA. Say you’re with Her. (Paid for Hillary Victory Fund, hillaryclinton.com/go) 10 Cool Cars You’d Never Believe Cost under $18,000 (Kelley Blue Book) This new fuel will kill Big Oil (Money Morning) San Francisco police shoot man to death (Washington Post Video) More From This Site Shark feeding frenzy in Inlet Beach caught on video Former Bay County Commissioner passes away after battle with cancer What Ever Happened to the Treasure Ship? Panama...

Wise leaders advise citizens to shoot back

(by Rick Dalton, 4 December 2015) In the wake of the Islamic terrorist attack in California this week, and despite Obama’s call to restrict the use of firearms in America, law enforcement leaders are calling on their citizens to arm and fight back, being ready to stop active shooters before the police arrive.  Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., of Milwaukee County WI, has been a longtime supporter of citizen self-protection. Sheriffs Joe Arpaio, of Maricopa County, Arizona, Paul J. Van Blarcum of Ulster County, New York, as well as the chief of police in Detroit, James Craig,  are encouraging citizens to exercise their right to defend themselves. There were cries of “how will the cops know the good guys from the bad guys?”, if there are armed  citizens on scene when police arrive. “This is the standard response of many police executives when testifying on legislative measures to allow guns on college campuses, and faculty possession on high school campuses, according to Rick Dalton, CSPOA legislative liaison.   Well, as we know from previous events, when armed citizens are on the scene from the start, the bad guys are often dead or fled before the cavalry gets there, and the good guys have holstered their weapons. If not, police and citizens will have to work out a protocol. “It’s not a reason to prohibit Americans from protecting themselves just because the police might not be able to tell the difference”, said Sam Bushman, CSPOA VP for Operations. It’s a whole lot more desirable than just having people lay down and...

Florida CSPOA announces Public Official of the Month

Kevin Blake, Florida Director for CSPOA, announced that Sheriff Gordon Smith of Bradford County, Florida, is the  Florida CSPOA Public Official of the month for October 2015. According to Kevin, The October 2015 Florida Public Official of the month is Sheriff Gordon Smith of Bradford County for his stance on the right to keep and bear arms. Congratulations sir and to all of the Florida Public Officials standing up, keep up the good work gentlemen. After speaking with Sheriff Smith, he has revealed himself as a staunch constitutionalist; Sheriff Smith not only performs his service to the people of Bradford County in a Constitutional manner but he holds the founding documents of this Nation as a core value in his everyday life in and out of uniform. Sheriff Smith also supports the mission of the CSPOA and is a strong advocate for the Second Amendment. Sheriff Smith, once again great job from all of us here at the CSPOA and keep up the great work. Here, in his own words, is Sheriff Smith’s strong defense of the right to self defense.   A detailedreport from Florida on CSPOA activities will be forthcoming in our monthly newsletter.  If you are not a subscriber, to to the national website and join, at...

Florida Sheriff defends Constituents’ Right to Self Defense

(by Rick Dalton 10/27/2015)  It was a hearing last week  on “open carry” in Florida, and Sheriff Gordon Smith of Bradford County was clear and concise in his testimony. He supports open carry.  Florida State Director for CSPOA, Kevin Blake, said, We applaud Sheriff Smith’s courageous and legally strong position.  The people who he serves should be grateful for his leadership and willingness to take criticism for doing the right and the Constitutional thing.  He joins Sheriff Nick Finch of Liberty County and other good sheriffs, peace officers and elected officials in Florida in living up to their oaths. We’ll let Sheriff Smith make his own case in the following video....

Chief’s Association Fires a Shot at the 2nd Amendment

(by Rick Dalton) The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), at its recent annual conference in, of all places, Chicago, called for universal background checks on all purchases and transfers of firearms, private or otherwise. According to a Reuters news story, “The proliferation of firearms is one of the factors behind a rise in homicide rates in many U.S. cities this year, according to senior law enforcement officials at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago. Acknowledging the power of the gun lobby and the reluctance of Congress to enact stricter gun laws, the police chiefs told a news conference they were not anti-gun but wanted to keep weapons out of the hands of people with criminal backgrounds. “Current rules on background checks apply to licensed dealers, but up to 40 percent of firearms sales involve private parties or gun shows and do not require checks, the chiefs said. According to CSPOA President Sheriff Richard Mack (Ret.) “Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and it’s also a great place to to to get murdered.  If crime laws actually worked, we’d be living in the Utopian Socialist , crime-free heaven on earth dreamed about by Chicago Mayor Rahm Imanuel.  More gun laws will only disarm more law abiding Americans and further embolden criminals. The recent increase in homicide rates in some US  citesis not related to a “proliferation of firearms” as the IACP statement claims, says CSPOA Executive VP and Legislative Liaison Rick Dalton. “Contrary to IACP’s claims, firearms possession has risen dramatically for the past 20 years or so in...