Editorial: Second Amendment Sanctuary advocates and anti-pipeline activists have something in commonon

Editorial: Second Amendment Sanctuary advocates and anti-pipeline activists have something in commonon

How are the crowds demanding their counties be declared a “Second Amendment sanctuary” like the anti-pipeline activists camped out in trees? Both are engaged in a colorful act of futility that won’t accomplish what they think they’re accomplishing. With those two sentences, we have now likely managed to offend people on both the left and the right, but the truth is an equal-opportunity offender. LOADING… First, let’s deal with the all the counties rushing — or being rushed by large crowds — to declare themselves a “Second Amendment sanctuary.” These resolutions are completely meaningless, unless counties really intend to defy whatever state laws might be coming when Democrats take control of the General Assembly in January. But that’s not really what these resolutions say. The language varies from place to place but most of these resolutions simply reaffirm the obvious: They support the U.S. Constitution, particularly the part about the right to bear arms. Botetourt County, in its resolution, expresses concern that the bills being contemplated “could infringe upon rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.” However, Gov. Ralph Northam points out that the gun bills he’s pushing have already been upheld by the courts in other states, such as universal background checks and “red flag” laws. These bills might or might not be wise, but they don’t appear to be unconstitutional — which means all these resolutions are simply a cathartic exercise that has no practical effect. A lot of people have been tricked into believing these resolutions actually […]

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