Second Amendment Sanctuary

Second Amendment Sanctuary: A Stab in Back of State Residents by Counties

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In response to Gov. Ralph Northam’s latest move of proposing gun-regulation bills for discussion once the legislature reconvenes in January, the Appomattox County Board of Supervisors declared themselves as a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’.

Apart from Appomattox and Pittsylvania counties, Campbell, Carroll, Charlotte, Patrick, and Franklin have also approved the legislation to safeguard their right to bear arms and become a haven for gun owners.

The state Democrats have been voicing concerns against the stance of GOP lawmakers on various measures including gun control laws from a long time. And, after gaining control of the state legislature, the Democrats have started to work on delivering the promises, but it seems that they might have to work on delivering the promises, harder than expected.

With the increasing number of counties becoming second amendment sanctuary, there might come a time when the Democrats won’t be able to approve their 8-point gun control measures.

The resolution passed by the Appomattox County Board of Supervisor states, “The current governor of Virginia has stated that he intends to endorse and pass into law legislation that is unconstitutional as it pertains to the rights enumerated in the U.S. & Virginia Constitution.”

“The Appomattox County Board of Supervisors is concerned about the passage of any bill containing language which could be interpreted as infringing the rights of the citizens of Appomattox County to keep and bear arms or could begin a slippery slope of restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Appomattox County.”

Speaking on declaring Appomattox County a Second Amendment Sanctuary, board chairperson of the county Samuel Carter said, “Sending a message to our legislators that hey, we are a sanctuary county and we do not want our rights to be infringed upon in regards to bearing arms.”

To make the situation worse for the Democrats, the gun rights activists have claimed that at least 20 counties across the state might become a haven for gun laws, by the end of this year.

This might make things difficult for the newly formed Democratic triumvirate and in taking “first steps toward improving voting rights, preventing gun violence, and recognizing all Virginians as equal regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation”. 

For a long time, there has been a controversy over the second amendment, its uncontrolled extent and the impact it had till now on people’s lives. However, the Second Amendment Sanctuary is a stab in the back of the people’s belief and the promises they were made, and a violation of their rights to have a safe place to live.

While the second amendment to the constitution provides the right to bear arms for own safety, with law authorities working day and night towards safeguarding the citizens, how justified is the possession of assault rifles or bigger weapons or even modification of smaller weapons to convert them into life-threatening weapons? Furthermore, how are the elected officials supposed to keep the promises made, when local counties are becoming the enemy of state residents?

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