Oct. 26, 2012, updated Oct. 29, 2012
I hate to be an absolutist but after years of studying the International Association of Chiefs of Police, it is my firm opinion that any Sheriff candidate associated with the organization is pretty much a no go. There are a number of police associations to choose from and a choice to band together with this one is out of them all has to be the product of a pronounced ideology that for many Americans, especially pro Second Amendment Americans, is repulsive.
Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, was also critical of the IACP, which he told Cybercast News Service “represents a lot of appointed police chiefs from a lot of totalitarian and dictatorship countries where human rights are constantly violated and freedom of the press doesn’t even exist.”
“There isn’t a gun-control proposal that this organization hasn’t supported. . .”
I think that any officer of the law that does not trust law abiding citizens with a gun, doesn’t deserve our trust.
This excellent article posted today at the Examiner.com takes a look at the latest IACP anti-gun Resolutions and points out the fact that Sheriff John Whetsel was a past President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Whetsel, as IACP President, in 1995, actively worked to suppress right to carry legislation in the states including Oklahoma.
Here is 1995 internal IACP strategic plan document to undermine or eliminate right to carry legislation.
was to kill the bills if possible and if not to encumber the legislation with a number of burdensome requirements to deter lawful citizens from obtaining a permit.
For example, Item 5 on page 6
of the document suggests making it a criminal offense, a felony rather than a misdemeanor, to carry with an expired permit.
Another example is item #14 on pg 7. Require a separate CCW permit for each individual weapon and limit permit holders to one gun purchase per month.
President Clinton thanked John Whetsel personally in 1994 for his help in passing the Brady and Crime Bills. The “Crime Bill” that Clinton makes reference to is actually ‘The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act’ This was the Act that established a ban on “Assault Weapons” which lasted from 1994 to 2004. Clinton Whetsel 1994
The Examiner.com looks into this a little deeper here
I have been barking about the International Association of Chiefs of Police for years.
The IACP is an international, non governmental organization accredited by the United Nations and is a ‘Member of the UN POLICE COMMUNITY’ http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/sites/police/community.shtml
This organization has been instrumental in bringing about profound changes to our nation politically, technologically and culturally and not necessarily for the better. They are the thought leaders, the change agents in American law enforcement.
You would be hard pressed to find even one of the Ten Amendments to the US Constitution that the policies pushed by the IACP has not insulted but one of the most telling positions taken by the organization is their stance on the Second Amendment.
Steven Spingola, a well respected former homicide detective sums the IACP up very well as;
“a global organization that views the American Constitution as an obstructionist document.”
The IACP has a long history of anti-Second Amendment stances.
They have actively supported every piece of gun control legislation since the 1960’s. The organization is long time, bitter enemies with the NRA and other pro-Second Amendment groups.
IACP President, Quinn Tamm, in 1971 actually said that a brick was a safer weapon for self defense that a handgun.
Nothing has changed since then. (See the 2012 Resolutions issued by the IACP)
For a litany of anti-gun antics from the IACP in recent times, read this.
The IACP opposes;
•expansion of concealed carry
•private sales of gun
•so-called “assault” weapons
The IACP Supports;
•Limiting the number of handguns law abiding citizens can purchase
•Legislation to allow federal health and safety oversight of the firearms industry.
•State, local, and tribal governments mandating specific storage methods of guns
•Repealing the Tiahrt Amendment, a federal law that protects sensitive federal gun trace data from general access.
•Gun surrender programs
This international organization is highly political. Some of the activities of the IACP include lobbying and testifying before Congress, doing research and policy development, setting professional standards and providing accreditation for US police departments. The IACP promotes and writes guidelines for police technology, trains and educates law enforcement as well as managing and administering numerous programs for the federal government.
But Whetsel asserts that law enforcement is not about politics.
If that is so, why choose to forge ties with an incredibly political organization like the IACP?
John Whetsel at the 2011 IACP Conference
Sheriff Whetsel has a deep and longstanding and continuing relationship with the IACP. He attends IACP yearly conferences and is a member of the IACP Executive Committee and an active member of at least one IACP subcommitte
And it is all very convenient to say it is not about politics when he is under pressure to defend his ideology that as the Sheriff absolutely does matter! I have spent many hours at the state capitol and have witnessed the Sheriff’s armed lobbyists working diligently on highly political matters and the Sheriff. As you can imagine the Sheriff has quite a lot of pull up there, you know, where they make laws that impact the free exercise of your rights. And Whetsel, like the IACP, does not have a reputation of being very concerned with protecting any of those Ten Amendments.