More support heard for 2nd Amendment Sanctuary

More support heard for 2nd Amendment Sanctuary

It was noticeably busier at the Swain County Board of Commissioners work session meeting Thursday, March 25 as a crowd—restricted to 25 due to COVID-19—filled the seats in the auditorium to support an effort to declare the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary. Donna Cole and Patrick Smith presented a petition with more than 960 signatures of Swain County residents in support of the move. This was Cole’s second appearance before the board. Last month, two commissioners suggested they would like to see more support than the 600+ signatures previously presented. Smith spoke for several minutes about the importance of the Second Amendment and the need for a local resolution. “I consider myself a Patriot, and I like to fight for my rights not just the Second Amendment but all rights,” he said. “Some people would ask, what is your Second Amendment? The purpose was absolutely to fight against your government; it wasn’t to defend somebody coming into your home. My Second Amendment is there to protect from enemies both foreign and domestic.” The Second Amendment is under attack, he stressed, pointing to both legislation adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives that would levy taxes on guns and require permits, as well as statements made by President Joe Biden last week that he would consider adopting an executive order for gun control. Biden’s comments followed two deadly mass shootings in the country. What will a resolution to become a Second Amendment Sanctuary do? “It will send a message to […]

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