Snaza Joins 36 Sheriffs Backing Second Amendment, Constitution

Document: Focus on Second Amendment Mirrors That of County, Local Cities


Days after Lewis County passed its own “Citizens’ Rights” proclamation at the behest of Sheriff Rob Snaza, Snaza joined sheriffs across the state in signing another resolution reaffirming the constitution and specifically highlighting the Second Amendment.

The Washington State Sheriffs’ Association document was signed by 37 county sheriffs — all but King County’s Mitzi Johanknecht — and describes the U.S. Constitution as “divinely inspired.”

Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza, twin brother of Rob Snaza, was also among those to sign the document.

“Prompted by increasing public concern to safeguard constitutional rights,” the document describes the sheriffs’ “individual and collective duty to defend all of the constitutional rights of our citizens.”

The Second Amendment, however — like many “Second Amendment sanctuary” proclamations popping up across the U.S. — is of particular focus.

“We understand the destructive influences currently existing in our country will only relent when women and men everywhere genuinely care for each other,” the document reads. “We must rely on Providence and care deeply about preserving the Constitution and its freedom in order to be a strong and prosperous people.”

Snaza pushed Lewis County to become a “Second Amendment sanctuary” earlier this year, citing proposed gun control measures. The conservative sheriff claimed he was “not trying to make this a political statement,” later urging county commissioners to adopt the proclamation, saying “the other side is not afraid to offend us or create laws to come after us.”

Snaza was among a slew of sheriffs in 2019 who refused to actively enforce I-1639, a voter-approved gun control measure later upheld as constitutional by the courts. The law raised the legal semi-automatic assault rifle purchase age to 21 and enhanced background checks. In a statement this week, Snaza said he is “proud to be a part of such a great movement when our constitutional rights are being challenged.”


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Very thankful Sheriff Snaza has not been drinking the same kool-aid Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office has. Keep the faith! Better times are a coming; they have to!

Wednesday, July 21
R. Ganowicz

Maybe my math is wrong, but there are 39 Washington counties. 37 county sheriffs support the proclamation, the "sheriff" of King County didn't. That's 38. Is there another sheriff that joined King County to betray their law abiding citizens, or does simple math escape chronicle staff?

Thursday, July 22
Bill Serrahn

Just goes to show that the Sheriff operates pretty independently from the rest of Lewis County Government, except they do hold the purse strings.

Thursday, July 22

The second amendment of the constitution reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." It was ratified on December 15, 1791. Back then, semi-automatic assault rifle's did not exist, nor did a well regulated militia. I-1639 passed in May of 2018 reads: "AN ACT Relating to increasing public safety by implementing firearm safety measures, including requiring enhanced background checks, waiting periods, and increased age requirements for semiautomatic assault rifles and secure gun storage for all

firearms." Wouldn't you agree that times have changed in 230 years? Wouldn't you agree that increasing public safety is important? Wouldn't you agree that semiautomatic assault rifles, while approved for military use, have no use in the possession of a non-military citizen? Wouldn't you agree that background checks, waiting periods, age requirements, secure storage are fairly simple to comply with? Oh, OK. I guess you don't agree. Praying that your family never experiences the tragedy of a random death by someone with an assault rifle.

Thursday, July 22
Mikey likes it.

" Wouldn't you agree that times have changed in 230 years?"

Absolutely, but by your logic the First Amendment then would not protect free speech via wireless or even wired media. After all, there was no internet, radio, or even television then. There's no way the founders could have possibly imagined satellite technology, yet we protect it as free speech. I dare say, the abuse of that free speech has proven to be as dangerous as the abuse of the Second Amendment.

The other point you're missing is that the founding fathers (or can I only call them carbon based life forms now?) did know about repeating weapons. At the time of the signing of the Second Amendment there were no fewer than 3 different types of repeating firearms including the Belton which could sixteen consecutive shots in as little as twenty seconds and the Girandoni which carried 20 rounds.

The argument that James Madison knew nothing about any rifle other than a single shot when he wrote the Second Amendment is a proven lie. Try not to repeat it too often around those more educated than you.

Thursday, July 22

Sheriff Snaza is already running for reelection. Also, he's making sure law enforcement remains the primary employer / driver of Lewis County's economy. What. a. joke.

Thursday, July 22

I'm retired and have time to track this subject but believe me, it's complicated. Washington is a perfect example of why it's complicated. If 37 sheriffs declare they'll not enforce any state or federal law that violates the 2nd Amendment, I'd assume their counties are 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries.

On the other hand, if some counties have commissioners that consider a resolution and reject them, seems those counties would not be sanctuaries. My data reflects Washington with 23 sanctuary counties out of 39 total plus Republic City. At some point, I found a reason not to include 16 counties. My notes aren't very detailed. Hmmm...

When I audited my spreadsheet, I found that I'd listed some cities as counties. After a correction effort, my final tally was 14 (28%) 2nd Amendment Sanctuary states, 1,871 (59.7%) counties and 245 municipalities. I counted all the counties in a declared state even though only some of them declared independently. Bottom line, I believe my data is sufficiently accurate to make the point.

I excluded New Hampshire and Vermont because their constitutions made such sanctuaries redundant and unnecessary. I also found other reasons that complicate this subject. For example, referencing these sanctuaries precisely by county would exclude parishes and situations that have replaced counties. For example, many independent cities have incorporated county functions and I categorized them as municipalities.

Additionally, Rhode Island has five counties but all county functions are provided by eight cities and thirty-one towns. On the other hand, Hawaii has five counties that serve as the only government bodies below the state. No formal level of government, e.g., cities and towns, exists below the county. And to increase the challenge, these numbers change frequently.

Thursday, July 22

Sherriff Snaza and the rest of the Sherriff "Patriot" group are nothing less than over opinionated, under educated, ego maniacs hell bent on determining what is and what is not enforceable in the law. They are ALL stepping outside their roles onto the grounds of Constitutionality. They are over-riding the judicial system that is part of the DEMOCRATIC system of government we all enjoy.

People should be enraged by this behavior as it is as close to fascism as you can get without being labeled a full on fascist. For those of you not understanding what fascism is - It is defined as "a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and strong regimentation of society and of the economy, which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe."

Sherriff Snaza is following the lead of none other than Donald Trump. Like Donald Trump, Snaza thinks he is the law. What he says will come to fruition. There is a process in the rule of law and Sherriff Snaza is bypassing the process because he does not agree .It is fine if he does not agree, but there is a process. Instead of respecting the process, Sherriff Snaza is enrolling people he knows supports his opinion to build the case for not enforcing the law and making comments contrary to the law. In Donald Trump and Rob Snaza America; the person with the biggest bullhorn, most persistent opinion, most demeaning insults to people who disagree with them and biggest rallies (or rowdy group of followers) wins.

Adolf Hitler slowly chipped away at Democratic principles in this very fashion after World War I. He fed on the group think hate of the Jews and slowly built his machine of mindless followers who believed every word he said until there was no law and a lot of hate; followed by senseless and horrific murder of millions of innocent people and the destruction of thriving societies.

The constitution is bigger than the 2nd amendment. It was designed with checks and balances. If Sherriff Snaza doesn't like something in the law... he he should become a lawyer and then a judge or a legislator and learn to work with people of differing opinions to affect change. Until then, he is just a mob inciting, rule breaking thug who looks a lot like a fascist.

Friday, July 23
Friedrich von Hardenberg

We ask our LEO's to swear to defend the U.S. Constitution and the State constitution often with the caveat "... against all enemies foreign an domestic... what is the prime law? The sheriffs are just taking their oath seriously. Thank God for that. The abominations supported by the likes of Bill Gates and Nick Hanauer trample all over out 2nd Amendment ights. God save us from the wealthy, limosine liberals.

Monday, July 26