Be Channeled Into Reform?

Editorial In 2017, you may remember, the Village of Cooperstown dipping its toe in the “sanctuary” pond. The Village Board passed a resolution telling the federal government it could not depend on the cooperation of Cooperstown police if ICE – U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement – were to launch a local raid. Happily, ICE was occupied with real hot-spots and the resolution sort of faded away. • Now, another idea is on the table: A “Second Amendment Sanctuary,” presumably where the state’s SAFE Act, toughest in the nation, it’s said, won’t be enforced. Last week, outdoor columnist and county Rep. Rick Brockway, R-West Laurens, on behalf of the 2AS organization, presented petitions with 3,925 signatures to the county Board of Representatives, asking it to reject any law that is “constitutionally repugnant.” Appropriately, county Board Chairman Dave Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, deftly assigned the measure to a committee – Public Safety & Legal Affairs, chaired by Dan Wilber, R-Burlington – where it will stay for a while. Curiously, some folks who were enthusiastic about the first “sanctuary” have no enthusiasm for the second. • Which gets to the nub of the whole “sanctuary” concept. First, there’s a practical point. In the first case, did anyone – the trustees foremost – want Cooperstown, getaway from the hustle and hubbub of city life, to become a magnet for illegal residents and a center of immigration conflict? Likewise, does anyone really want to see a gun on every hip? Second, there’s the rule […]

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