“Second Amendment Sanctuary” resolution spurs controversy

TREMPEALEAU COUNTY (WQOW) – A proposed resolution to make Trempealeau County a "Second Amendment Sanctuary" is spurring major controversy among community members. A "Second Amendment Sanctuary" is essentially a symbolic resolution that would protect community members’ right to bear arms, should a government body ever attempt to revoke that right. At the Law Enforcement and Emergency Management Committee Meeting held in Whitehall, several dozen community members made their voices heard on this proposed resolution. Some of those voices raised in pitch, as things grew heated in the small county board room. "I read that letter and I was appalled, absolutely appalled, that those that signed that letter claim to be ministers of the gospel," said Pastor Larry Hoekstra of Osseo Community Church. "It was despicable." Hoekstra was referencing an open letter that was published by Pastor Peter Jonas of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Whitehall. In the editorial, Pastor Jonas, alongside over 20 clergy members, laid out their concerns regarding the resolution brought forth by the Trempealeau County Associated Rod and Gun Clubs that would make the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary. "As Christians, we really think about, ‘How do I help my neighbor?’ and we think about the freedom that Christ has given us is not the freedom to simply assert our rights over other people, it is the freedom to live for our neighbor," Jonas said. Many residents, both for and against the resolution, spoke during Wednesday’s hearing. While the separation of church and state was brought […]

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