Judge Orders Sheriff to Take a Class on the Constitution

Saturday, July 10, 2010
Posted in category guns

I’m not a Constitutionalist, but this is a good Saturday funny: somewhere in Iowa, a guy who formerly had a concealed weapons permit and re-applied to get one again, was denied by the county Sheriff who didn’t like his reputation for such dastardly crimes as “protesting, passing out leaflets and writing letters to the editor” of the local paper. A real troublemaker, eh?

A heroic U.S. District Court Judge has “ordered Osceola County Sheriff Douglas L. Weber to issue a gun permit to a resident and to complete a college-level course involving the First Amendment.” Furthermore,

Bennett required Weber take a class that must be a college-level course on the United States Constitution, “including — at least in part — a discussion of the First Amendment.” And Bennet said, Weber must obtain approval from the court before participating in the class. Upon completion of the class, Weber must also file an affidavit with the clerk of court showing successful completion with a passing grade.

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7 Responses to Judge Orders Sheriff to Take a Class on the Constitution

  1. Deb S. says:

    July 10th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    LOL I love stories with a happy ending! :D

    We could use that Judge here in Illinois, for sure.

  2. Iluvatar says:

    July 11th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I agree, that was funny. But I also picked up on your opening comment too.

    I wouldn’t sweat not being a Constitutionalist for 2 reasons:

    1) Declared Constitutionalists have disappointed me greatly lately, to wit, a certain media star called Anne Coulter. A declared Constitutionalist, her recent gaffe was to suggest her version of a Health Care Reform Bill (on her site). Really? On what grounds? Where in Section 8 of the enumerated powers does it declare that the Fed Gov (BG) have any authority in meddling in the health care industry? As Ron Paul has indicated, the health care of this country is a health issue not a fiscal/political one.

    Oh, I know, the commerce clause. The last ditch stand by the pols to substantiate their power grab! (and this will segue into the 2nd problem in just a sec).

    In her coup de grace, she then gets on TV (with well exposed thighs I might add – point of the YouTube video), and then rails at Jews for being “non-perfected” in her point of desiring a christian-based monolith (Christians are “perfected” Jews since they believe in BOTH the old & new testament). The level of religious intolerance (and I might add the difficulties such a policy would have with the 1st Amendment) was game over for me.

    Those 2 gaffes by a “Constitutionalist” ended it. I won’t waste one more second listening to her – she totally discredited herself.

    So, like I said above, I wouldn’t lose too much sleep over not being a “Constitutionalist”. There are worse things not to be (like not sane).

    The 2nd thing that should not cause you ennui about not being a “Constitutionalist” is that it is a really poorly written document.

    Take that Commerce clause above. As both DiLorenzo and Napolitano (and Paul) have ably pointed out in their historical researches, this is the most abused clause in this document. Why, it says nothing and everything! It communicates nothing whatsoever.

    As a matter of fact, the gaping holes of logic in this document you could conduit a bulldozer through.

    This Ol’ Gal holds water as well as a fishing net…

  3. liberranter says:

    July 12th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    A heroic U.S. District Court Judge has “ordered Osceola County Sheriff Douglas L. Weber to issue a gun permit to a resident and to complete a college-level course involving the First Amendment.” Furthermore,

    It looks like that judge needs to go back to law school himself and take a course in Constitution 001. If he had either 1) any knowledge of or 2) any respect for the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment (in either case of which he would never have been elected/appointed a judge), he would have told the Sheriff to butt out of ANY gun-carry issues altogether, as the levying of any restriction whatsoever on the right to carry flies in the face of the clear meaning of the amendment.

    I won’t even comment on the stupidity of thinking that any cop could even begin to understand something like the clear meaning of the Constitution, simple as said meaning might be.

  4. Karen De Coster says:

    July 12th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Liber, it’s far, far better than we could expect any judge to ever do because … judges believe in the supremacy of federal law.

  5. Iluvatar says:

    July 13th, 2010 at 12:47 am

    In response to both Liber & KDC:

    I disagree that the “Ol’ Gal” is easy to read (mebbe the amendments, only).

    And furthermore, it only begs the “Constitutionalists” to plead original intent – which only opens the doors to lawyers – which (as I have said before) you NEVER want to go there!

    And finally, I further re-assert that the Judicial Branch should be abolished. Point is – the “checks and balances” is a nonsense strategy to where the real power play has been – between the Federal Gov and the sovereign states.

    I am going to take Tom Woods newest book on level higher – abolish the Judicial Branch of the government and FORCE the states into a nullification role in a very decisive modus operandi.

    I love Woods, but nullification has a formalization strategy that is much more direct via this method.

    Trust me on this one, it is a hell of a lot easier than asking that our currency resort back to the gold standard (that’s a much bigger step, imho)…

    Sorry, Murray, we’re working on it – know it’s been about 50 rollovers in your grave since `96 – please hang tuff dude!

  6. cousin lucky says:

    July 13th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    This Judge Should Be Put On the United States Supreme Court ASAP!!!

  7. Sal says:

    July 14th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    From two letters written by Thomas Jefferson to Nathaniel Macon, dated Aug. 19 and Oct. 21, 1821 respectively:

    There are two measures which if not taken, we are undone. 1st. to check these unconstitutional invasions of state rights by the federal judiciary. How? not by impeachment in the first instance, but by a strong protestation of both houses of Congress that such and such doctrines, advanced by the supreme court, are contrary to the constitution: and if afterwards they relapse into the same heresies, impeach and set the whole adrift. For what was the government divided into three branches, but that each should watch over the others, and oppose their usurpations? 2. To cease borrowing money & to pay off the national debt. If this cannot be done without dismissing the army & putting the ships out of commission, haul them up high and dry, and reduce the army to the lowest point at which it was ever established. There does not exist an engine so corruptive of the government and so demoralizing of the nation as a public debt. It will bring on us more ruin at home than all the enemies from abroad against whom this army and navy are to protect us.

    Our government is now taking so steady a course as to shew by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit, by consolidation first, & then corruption, it’s necessary consequence. The engine of consolidation will be the Federal judiciary, the two other branches the corrupted & corrupting instrument.

    ~Prescient words~

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