As Colorado prepares to become another attacker against our right to keep and bear arms, several Colorado counties are fighting back. They are becoming what they describe as “2nd Amendment sanctuary counties” where gun owners can come knowing city and county law enforcement will not comply with the taking of a citizen’s firearms without due process.
"Red-flag actions an insane idea ripe for abuse." 2A Sanctuaries Growing: https://t.co/bMW8yuf5xm
— GOA-NY (@GOANEWYORK) March 29, 2019
One of the most important tenets of limited government federalism is allowing the “lower” levels of government to choose for themselves how to enforce laws within the boundaries of the Constitution and within the parameters of the law of the land. As long as the actions of one area such as a city, county, or state do not adversely affect another area, giving them a tighter hold of the reins makes sense in today’s world just as it made sense to our founders.
A clear example of this is how different jurisdictions handle gun laws. There should be essentially no restrictions on our right to arm ourselves in a perfect world, but this isn’t a perfect world and leftists really want us to not own firearms. Therefore, they put forth restrictions that infringe on the 2nd Amendment and its our job to fight them. While the national gun debate seems to get all the attention, it’s the local jurisdictions in which we have the best opportunity to make a real impact defending our rights.
It’s obviously unfortunate for some of us who live in areas with perverse restrictions on firearm ownership, but at least there are options. One could even argue it makes for a stronger America when we have such diverse options about where to live and raise our families.
If someone wants to live in a sanctuary city with tons of safe spaces, obtuse gun laws, high taxes, and overbearing regulations, that’s their choice. If they want to live in a land that’s free and adheres properly to the Constitution, more of these places are becoming available as options. Those of us who believe that the right to keep and bear arms must never be infringed at any level of government will hopefully have that option in more places soon.
Of course, this doesn’t take away from the absolute need to keep fighting in those places dominated by progressives. Just because we have options doesn’t mean we should stop fighting for others who are having their rights infringed upon.
These Colorado counties may be the blueprint through which our rights can be best protected. Even as the state continues to lurch left, local governments are making a stand for the people. We should hope to see this becoming more common soon.
Conservatives in these blue states have been looking for ways to push back against aggressive gun control legislation that they believe infringes upon their constitutional rights. Now Colorado and New Mexico have shown them what they can do. – Helen Raleigh
The battle to preserve our 2nd Amendment rights must be fought on multiple fronts. While our attention must remain at the national level, we can’t abandon the states, counties, and cities where we have much more influence.
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