"The answer is in our own backyards! The States can stop every bit of it! That's right, the individual States can stop "Obamacare" and all other forms of out-of-control federal government mandates and big brother tactics."
— Sheriff Richard Mack
Sheriff Richard Ivan Mack (born 1952) is a Republican candidate for election to the United States House of Representatives from Texas's 21st Congressional district, the former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, and the Libertarian candidate for United States Senate election in Arizona, 2006. He is also a member of the Oath Keepers.
Mack has authored books relating to gun ownership and the role that law enforcement should, in his opinion, play in America. He currently speaks at seminars "on constitutional issues relating to gun control, law enforcement, States' rights, the farce, otherwise known as the drug war, and the oath of office."
Mack received national attention in Mack v. United States (later restyled to Printz v. United States) in his tenure as a local sheriff for opposition to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act on the basis that it is unconstitutional due to congressional action to compel state officers to execute Federal law.
In 2009, Mack appeared in interviews on a cable public access show and a one-person website where he discussed his membership in Oath Keepers and the importance of the police and military in upholding their oaths to the U.S. Constitution.
In 2011 Sheriff Mack announced a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center for libel, slander, and defamation.
From My Cold Dead Fingers: Why America Needs Guns with Timothy Robert Walters (1994)
THE NAKED SPY: His Mission Began the Day He Died (2005)
The MAGIC of Gun Control (2011)
2012 House election campaign
Richard Mack is opposing 13-term Representative Lamar Smith, a sponsor of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act legislation, in the 2012 Republican primary for Texas's 21st Congressional district, with the primary winner to run against the Democratic candidate in the general election.