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Home > Alerts & Updates > Alert for 1/2/2014: Sheriff's Association President Whines at UT Gun Rights

So as not to disappoint sheriff Jim Tracy. Click on picture to enlarge.

Articles on HB 76:

Mayor & Police Chief Falsely List City Council in Letter Against HB 76

Why Did Utah's Sheriffs Oppose HB 76?

Utah Police Chiefs Overwhelmingly Support Gun Control

Why Would the USSC Chair Privately Lobby Against HB 76 S1?

How Did Your Legislators Vote on the Veto Override?

Legislature Fails to Override HB 76 Veto: How Did this Happen?

Word is Spreading on Secret Vote to Kill HB 76 S1

Is HB 76 S1 a Real Effort or a Shell Game?

HB 76 S1: Will Gary Herbert Foment Grassroots Republicans Against Him Like Mike Leavitt Did?

Sheriffs' Association President Whines at UT Gun Rights

(Alert for 1/2/14): Utah Sheriffs' Association (SA) president Jim Tracy emailed to contest UT Gun Rights' alert, "Why Did Utah's Sheriffs Oppose HB 76?"  Demonstrating classic politician behavior, Tracy complained, offered to hold a verbal conversation, and then declined to provide written specifics regarding his original objections.

Tracy contacted UT Gun Rights as follows (unedited).  To read his words in context of the entire email thread, click here and go to page 3:

"Thanks for extending an opportunity to clarify what I actually said to Mr. King in my conversation with him as he has reported to you in his letter found on your website concerning HB 76 and thank you for all your supposition and assumptions about me and my position on HB 76 that are stated in your article 'Why Did Utah's Sheriffs Oppose HB 76? that is currently posted on your web site.  NOT.

"If you care to have accurate information from me directly as to my stance on HB 76, rather than the misinformation that has been printed in your article and filtered through someone, who it appears has some type of agenda, I would be glad to have a conversation with someone who is affiliated directly with your organization, and yes, you can record it, I actually prefer it that way so anyone can listen for their self and make up their own mind about the subject."

UT Gun Rights requested for Tracy's response to be in written form, and Tracy refused.  To read the email correspondence in its entirety, click here.


Tracy's final comments are instructive (click here and see page 1).  There is a conspicuous absence of any substantive information that might exonerate Tracy and his SA's backdoor gun control manipulations.

Statute enforcement agents (SEAs, pronounce as "seize") such as Tracy may be highly aggressive at obtaining responses from citizens on their own terms.  As one can see, they are far less enthusiastic when the conditions are not so much to their liking.

Tracy also makes an amazing claim:

"…I do not associate with 'secret combinations' or with those who will not operate on an equal level of transparency."

Tracy's SA, represented by officials paid through taxation, actively participates and votes in secretive meetings of the law [sic] enforcement legislative committee (LELC) to lobby statutators (politicians).  In comparison, UT Gun Rights holds no elected office and engages in voluntary association with others, and does not raise funds through taxes — which are, by their very nature, involuntarily collected via the threat, or the actual application of, violence against those who might refuse to pay.

Tracy then offers the following list of endorsements and qualifications that politicians often use to divert attention from their gun control activities:

"I am an ardent defender of the Bill of Rights, and in particular the 2nd Amendment, a dedicated shooting sports participant, gun owner, 35 year plus member of the NRA, I built and opened the Utah County Sheriff's Office  gun range to the public for use with out fees, I have and do encourage all non-felony convicted citizens to exercise their right to arm themselves and be active participants in their own personal protection, so make what you will of my last response to you, 'who ever you are', and I will look forward to viewing what ever childish cartoon characters you will put up on your Webb site along with your pronouncements." [bold added]

Tracy's interpretation of the Bill of Rights does not extend to respect for the right to anonymous inquiry and speech involving his governmental activities as recognized by the First Amendment.  UT Gun Rights finds his lip service to the Second Amendment to be as meaningless as similar statements touted by Barack Obama.

And notice the arrogance of his words, "…I built…."  Did Tracy single-handedly construct the Utah County sheriff's office gun range?  And did he do so using his own personal resources, or as UT Gun Rights suspects, those of taxpayers or innocent property owners?  Such statements demonstrate the profound arrogance and lack of respect exhibited by government officials toward taxpayers and citizens who should instead be credited with funding, building, and making available the shooting range.

"I could learn a thing or two from you sheriffs!"
Pay attention to Tracy's phrase, "non-felony convicted citizens," which is gun control code (i.e. get trapped in even one politically-motivated felony invented by statutators and lose your right to own and use firearms forever).  Are you aware that many non-violent acts are now arbitrarily considered as felonies in Utah?

And then there are federal felonies, which cover an even broader spectrum of politically-prohibited behavior.  Seen in the light of the SA’s and its president’s actual support for gun control at the state level, the Obama regime must have had a good laugh at the SA's bold 2013 letter denouncing federal gun controls.

Inherent in Tracy's statement is a demand that citizens be licensed by the government in order to "be active participants in their own personal protection." If they don't obtain this license, then Tracy and/or his fellow SEAs appear perfectly willing to use force, including violence, to throw them in jail.

Finally, compare Tracy's lack of professionalism with the responsiveness and follow-through offered by Syracuse city councilman Craig Johnson and presented in UT Gun Rights' previous alert, "Mayor & Police Chief Falsely List City Council in Letter Against HB 76".  Accountability and responsibility are possible in Utah.  But only if more citizens expect and insist upon it.

Appropriate Actions

Here are some ideas for you to consider in holding your government accountable and in reducing the influence of Utah's spider web-like network of corruption:

1) Invite your county sheriff, city police chief, and police officers to reconsider their offensive behavior.  Rather than pretend to cherish your right to defend yourself, their political actions should be consistent with their lofty proclamations and promises.  Invite them to disassociate with anti-gun organizations such as the Utah Sheriffs’ Association and the Utah Chiefs of Police Association.

2) Network with local gun owners.  Let people know what is happening.  Get them connected with sites like UT Gun Rights so they can receive critical information and form their own, independent opinions.  Sign up for free email alerts and updates at info@utgunrights.com and "Like" UT Gun Rights on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UtGunRights

Encourage others to read, analyze, question, confront, challenge, and understand what is going on around them. A highly informed citizen community is required to resist manipulation, deception, and fraud.  Here are two pages they should familiarize themselves with: 2013 Bill Tracking Page: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and the Free Ammo Page.

3) Organize into smaller working groups for your area.  Each of your local politicians should receive political direction from a group of local, determined, solidly-educated gun rights activists.  This group can consider political action such as establishing local email/phone political action networks, literature distribution, holding town meetings, recruiting alternative candidates, election monitoring and participation, and filing GRAMA requests.


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