Yesterday, October 12th, 2021 Benton County became the 23rd of 99 Iowa counties to become a "2nd Amendment Sanctuary County". Just what does that mean exactly? The paragraph in the resolution that most clearly states the position of the Benton County Supervisors is this one . . .
"WHEREAS, the right of the people to keep and bear arms for the defense of life, liberty and property is regarded as an inalienable right by the people of Benton County, Iowa;"
It is an acknowledgement that the right to keep and bear arms is "inalienable" and beyond the reach of the government. The 2nd Amendment states our right "shall not be infringed" and this resolution paragraph simply emphasizes that position.
Which, of course, the supervisors had already sworn to do when they took their oath of office and swore to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Their position was already clear and known simply by this act alone.
My position on this whole 2nd Amendment Sanctuary effort currently crisscrossing our nation by community, county and state is that it is simply a political "chit" that is being laid down to verify the political leanings of candidates and then holding their feet to the fire of a particular political point of view be it in favor of, or opposed to a 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Simply put - it is beyond the "paygrade" of the various governments - city, county, state or federal - to limit the ability of a law-abiding citizen's right to a firearm. In particular - changing the law to say that citizens may only own specific types of firearms. The last candidate that President Biden put forth to head the ATF said that any firearm larger that a .22 caliber with a removable magazine should be banned. It is ignorant and provocative statements and positions like that that is driving this effort nationwide. But can the various government bodies+ issue such laws and have them be "legal"? No. Period.
Now, can "they" issue such laws - "legal" or not - and expect them to be obeyed? Sure and the current CoVid pandemic has shown just how easily people will surrender their inalienable rights when they are scared beyond reason. In the past year folks have surrendered their right to worship, to peacefully assemble, to move freely about the nation. Most have surrendered to a vaccine that is still not fully endorsed by the FDA.
We have seen people arrested and their property seized for something as little as being in Washington DC on January 6th, 2020.
Our inalienable rights are, indeed, under continual and growing attack - especially following the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 45th President in January of 2020. I see little hope in any relief. Which begs the question . . . do we need Supervisor Resolutions for each of the individual Amendments in the Bill of Rights? Perhaps. But lets just put all the cards on the table.
The strength of the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights in particular, come from their simplicity of language. Regarding the 2nd Amendment, if you can simply read common English and know common definitions, if you are willing to explore the context of the time in which it was written - it's meaning is crystal clear.
"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,"
Meaning every able-bodied man between the ages of 16 and 60 were expected to be armed, be familiar with the use of their particular arms and were expected to ensure the security of a free state. And, that right "shall not be infringed".
That right is "beyond the paygrade" of local, state or the federal government to eliminate or ban. Period.
The rub comes when you look in the mirror and must decide whether you will stand for the Constitution . . . or submit to the will of a government. It is in the quiet of your home, in front of that mirror - where the ultimate fate of the Constitution and the country is decided.
There's a story told about Benjamin Franklin - after the Constitutional Convention completed it's work he was asked what kind of government we had. His response - "A Republic, if you can keep it."
As you stand in front of that mirror, choose wisely.