Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher addressed the Highway 69 Republicans group Monday night in a calm but moving speech in which he staunchly defended the Second Amendment, vowing to keep the oath he swore to uphold and defend the Constitution. When asked by a concerned citizen who fears a second term Obama administration may try to confiscate weapons from law abiding citizens, the Sheriff declared he would "absolutely" disobey any such executive order stating emphatically "I'm not going to confiscate anybody's guns" and "no sir, I will NOT look at going out and confiscating law-abiding citizens' weapons. There's just no way I'm going to look at anything like that". When pressed by the crowd later as to whether he would stop the federal agents from coming in to confiscate their weapons he replied that if that happens it wouldn't be happening just locally but on a "national level" and "if someone's coming to get your guns they're going to get mine". "I think when those kind of actions take place, it's not just going to be your house, or your house, or my house. We're going to see this on a national level where we have got to stand up and say uh uh... and that's why we have the Second Amendment".
Sheriff Mascher took a clear stance in favor of the people's Second Amendment rights including the possession of military style assault weapons by civilians stating "We have to stand up for our rights out here and we need to carry guns. It's our RIGHT. I don't care if you agree with having an assault weapon is [only] for military. It's our RIGHT, end of story". The Sheriff referenced "The Shot Heard Round The World" at the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 and it's impact on the framer's intent when drafting the Bill of Rights and why they decided to include the 2nd Amendment.
"What was our founding fathers thinking when they put that 2nd Amendment our Constitution? It just amazes me, the foresight that our forefathers had with this country putting that Constitution together. It amazes me how valid it is, still to this day. Why do we have a second Amendment? To keep tyranny away. The government is here for us and we don't want them to forget that. We don't want big government to keep getting bigger and forget that they are here for us.
Sheriff Mascher went on to address the issue of mass shootings in schools and movie theatres by lambasting politicians for focusing on violating our 2nd Amendment when they should be focusing on mental health issues. "A semi-automatic rifle, with a high capacity magazine, is not even used in most of these kind of killings. So why are they even focusing on that? ... it's not even the primary issue". When the Sheriff was pressed by an audience member about concerns that many people have that drugs are part of the problem he did not deny it stating "drugs play a part of it. Prescription drugs and various things but they [deranged shooters] are mostly known to the police, known to the community". According to the Sheriff it is unfortunate that "society deals primarily with mental health issues in the jail". He "would love to hear a politician get up there and say we've got to do this, this, this, and this for mental health and leave the guns alone".
The following video footage of the Sheriff's address was provided by Dave White, an elected State Committeeman of the Arizona GOP and founder of NSRTACTICAL.COM