• Richard Easson

Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement Picks Up Steam Across America

In the wake of two gun control measures that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month, towns, cities, counties, and states across America are reaffirming their dedication to protecting the Second Amendment through new legislative measures.

State legislatures, local mayors and county executives have been busy putting together and passing laws that protect their citizens’ rights from threats of harsher federal laws under Democrat-led executive and legislative branches. Expanded red-flag laws, magazine capacity restrictions, universal background checks, and even new “assault weapon” ban laws, have all been at the forefront of Democrats’ agendas. Renewed calls for more stringent gun laws come especially after the recent mass shootings near Atlanta, Georgia and in Boulder, Colorado, and progressive-liberals are looking to repeal the Senate filibuster in order to make their desired changes happen.

Texas is slated to become another state on the growing list of those deemed “second amendment sanctuaries.” Supported by Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas House Bill 2622 will ban law enforcement officers from enforcing federal gun laws that are stricter than state ones and will not “authorize or appropriate government funds or resources…for the purpose of enforcing a law that unconstitutionally infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

The second amendment sanctuary movement came at the heels of former-presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke famously telling viewers of a September 2019 Democratic presidential debate “Hell yes, we’re gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47.” That statement, not uttered by a Democrat in recent memory, showed America exactly what their Party is about. It’s too late for them to distance themselves from it as other radicals are calling for similar action.

Republican Texas House Representative Steve Toth introduced a similar bill, House Bill 112, that referenced multiple amendments to the United States Constitution that gives the right to interpret the Second Amendment to the states and their citizens.

In referencing the Tenth Amendment, the bill says the Constitution, “reserves to the states and the people all powers not granted to the federal government elsewhere in the constitution, as those powers were understood at the time Texas was admitted to statehood in 1845.”

Referencing the Ninth Amendment, House Bill 112 says the Constitution “guarantees to the people rights not enumerated in the constitution, as those rights were understood at the time Texas became a state.”

Lastly, in reference to the Second Amendment, the bill states, “The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms, as that right was understood at the time Texas became a state.”

Other states, cities, towns, and counties are using a similar framework to Texas’s House Bill 2622 to put forth legislation that would enshrine their citizens’ rights to bear arms as granted by the U.S. Constitution, as well as some states’ constitutions. Although in reality you’d think they shouldn’t really need these bills given the Second, Ninth and Tenth amendments, but Democrat politicians and courts don’t care and will do everything and anything to “take away your AR-15, your AK-47.” That is unless our municipalities, cities and states stick it to them with legislation like Texas H.B. No. 2622.

We should all push our local and state legislatures to pass similar bills to enshrine the rights so many have fought and died to protect and the rights that keep us free from a tyrannical government.