Living up to gun rights, responsibilities

Supporters of gun rights fired off a broadside this week as more counties added their names to the list of Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties. To date, about half of Nebraska’s counties — including Hall and Buffalo — have approved sanctuary resolutions. These actions are consistent with our state’s historic support for the Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution, which says, “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.” Here’s a fact that might surprise some Nebraskans. Our state Constitution extends gun protections beyond what’s expressed in the U.S. Constitution. The Nebraska State Constitution protects the right to keep and bear arms, specifically for security or defense “of self, family, home and others, and for lawful common defense, hunting, recreational use and all other lawful purposes.” Here’s another fact. To outsiders, particularly urban dwellers whose image of Nebraskans is shaped at the movie theater, we are simpletons and hillbillies incapable of complex thought. Actually, we Nebraskans are down-to-earth folks, and those of us who are gun owners know it’s our responsibility to pass along, through the generations, a reverence for guns and gun safety. Nebraskans understand that our American freedoms and rights come with responsibility. On Wednesday when Gov. Pete Ricketts declared Nebraska a sanctuary for Second Amendment rights, he did so with the confidence that Nebraskans cherish their rights and take their responsibilities seriously, including the need to defend Second Amendment […]

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