El Paso County passes a resolution supporting the 2nd Amendment

The county commission passes a precedent-setting resolution in support of the right to bear arms. Photo: Eve Andrews

COLORADO SPRINGS, January 22, 2013 – The Board of El Paso County Commissioners today passed a landmark resolution affirming their support for the Second Amendment.

The action comes even as New York city Mayor Michael Bloomberg has set up a lobbying team in Denver to pressure state legislators to support gun ban measures.

The resolution was submitted by Commissioner Peggy Littleton and was passed unanimously by the five county commissioners. The resolution affirms that they are charged with the public trust and are sworn to uphold the Constitutions of the United States and the state of Colorado, both of which guarantee the peoples’ right to bear arms. They pledged to not enforce any statutes, edicts, presidential directives, or other regulations or proclamations which conflict with that duty.

The commissioners called upon the Colorado state and federal legislatures to enforce existing laws and more effectively punish and deter those who commit violent crimes.

Their statement supports County Sheriff Terry Maketa’s pro-2nd Amendment statement, which says that he “…stand[s] firmly against, any effort that infringes on the rights of law abiding citizens to own and possess firearms of their choice. Furthermore, I will actively oppose any effort that infringes upon your second amendment rights.”

About fifty citizens attended the commission meeting in support of the resolution.

El Paso County is the first county in the nation to make such a statement, but it will not be the last. Other counties in Colorado have the resolution and are considering it.

As opposition to the federal attempt to restrict Second Amendment rights grows, twelve state legislatures—Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, North Dakota, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming—have proposed legislation to either jail federal officials who violate the second amendment or to nullify federal laws to control guns within state borders. Many are modeled on the Wyoming “Firearms Protection Act”. Rumor has it that Kansas may become the thirteenth.

The resolution in El Paso County, Colorado shows that even where the state legislature is in Democrat party control, counties and county sheriffs are taking action to protect the people’s right to bear arms. The majority of the association of Colorado county sheriffs supports statements such as those of Sheriff Maketa and neighboring Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap.

Sheriff Heap made a statement that concludes: “I know that the sovereignty resides with the people and not the government…. I will utilize any and all legal means available to stop the federal government from encroaching on any of our constitutional rights as Americans. Our right to keep and bear arms is absolute!”

These statements align with widely-publicized statements from sheriffs in Kentucky, Oregon and Texas.

The Bill of Rights places restrictions on the power of the Federal government. These limitations were placed there by the states and the people in recognition of the fact that our rights are ours by natural right, and that no government can legitimately deprive us of them. The Fourteenth Amendment has been interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court to apply the Bill of Rights to the states themselves.

The National Rifle Association warned that if reelected, Barack Obama would try to restrict gun ownership. The NRA, it will be remembered, was formed in 1877, in part, to protect the 2nd Amendment rights of newly-freed African-Americans. Mr. Obama didn’t wait until his second term began to prove the NRA right.

The Man who would be King should perhaps have read the Rudyard Kipling story of the same name. Being the anti-colonialist he is, he likely dismisses Kipling as just another dead white imperialist. Too bad: he’s about to learn the limits of his power the hard way.


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