In his opening remarks Saturday at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, former Graham County, Ariz., Sheriff Richard Mack said "the revolution is starting."
He said he is really about a revolution in upholding the U.S. Constitution, state autonomy and the Founding Fathers' vision of liberty.
"I pray to God that it remains peaceful," he said to the crowd. "You'll never hear me say otherwise. I am the most peaceful man you'll meet in your life."
Mack authored the book "The County Sheriff: America's Last Hope."
Mack is known nationally for successfully challenging the constitutionality of the Brady Bill all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court with Ravalli County, Mont., Sheriff Jay Printz.
The Brady Bill requires a five-day waiting period before handgun purchases by an individual. The law also requires a background check on potential handgun buyers to determine whether they have a criminal record.
During Mack's tenure, federal officers informed county sheriffs in Arizona and across the county that they would be required to enforce the "Brady Bill" and run background checks at their expense.
In 1994, Mack, Printz and five other sheriffs from across the country challenged the legality of the bill and ultimately fought it all the way to the Supreme Court. Three years later, in a landmark 5-4 split decision based on the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Mack and the other sheriffs won their case.
Mack said he wants people to know states have their own sovereignty.
"In one of Time magazine's 1994 edition, It has an article entitled 'How to Survive the New World Order,'" he said. "To this day, I don't know if I can define the New World Order, but I do know it's entirely un-American. Its purpose is to destroy America. The United Nations is not in lock step with America."
Mack said he believes if local officials understand their duty to uphold and defend the Constitution, they will stop any interference with people's rights to bear arms.
"They will not allow U.N. soldiers or anyone in any kind of uniform to disarm them," he said. "They will interpose or practice the theory of interposition and risk their lives to make sure we're never disarmed. It is one way your sheriff can guarantee freedom." ...
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