In an interview with Breitbart News, the Arizona sheriff, dubbed “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” said that guns and gun control have become part of the “political situation” and that Democrats are now pushing gun control as a result of terrorism and recent shootings.
President Obama is preparing a series of executive orders “within weeks” that could include an “assault weapons” ban, national gun buybacks, expanded background checks and banning people on the “no-fly” list from buying a gun.
“Obama does know we have the Second Amendment, right” Arpaio asked. “I’ve said it before. I’m not surrendering the guns. He can give an executive order saying we’ve got to collect the guns and I’m not going to do it.”
He added that “there’d be a revolution” if the president issued such an order.
Recently, Arpaio was one of several sheriffs across the country to call for Americans’ to arm themselves” to protect from mass shootings and terrorist attacks.
“My goal of utilizing 250,000 citizens with concealed weapons is to stop the carnage, stop the killing before cops arrive,” he said.
About Robert Gehl
Robert Gehl is a college professor in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 15 years journalism experience, including two Associated Press awards. He lives in Glendale with his wife and two young children.