Minuteman statue at sunset

Minuteman statue at sunset (Photo credit: Muffet)

This is a local issue, but it represents a much larger, much more important issue: pushback against – or more properly, nullification of – federal intrusions into state and local matters where they don’t belong.

This morning, Tuesday, January 22nd, at approximately 9:30AM, the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners will be considering, and likely voting favorably for, a “Resolution in Defense of 2nd Amendment Rights.”

As is typical in such a resolution, there are lots of “whereases” but the first “whereas” is the most important:

Whereas, the Second Amendment of the United States provides that “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”…

And then it gets to the good stuff: 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the County of El Paso, State of Colorado, WILL uphold the Second Amendment of the of the United States, and WILL act in conformity with our sworn duties as duly elected officials charged with public trust, and WILL, in conjunction with prior decisions by the United States Supreme Court, NOT enforce any statutes, edicts, Presidential Directives, or other regulations and proclamations which conflict [with]—[or] are expressly preempted by—the U.S. ’s rulings.

It’s those rulings that “clarified” the obvious: individuals can own guns.

And then, bless me, the resolution goes on to warn of future possible incursions from the feds as well as the United Nations!

The Board of El Paso County Commissioners strongly urges the United States Senate to reject international treaties that will infringe on the Second Amendment rights of American citizens; including United Nations (UN) Arms Trade Treaty, Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms (CIFTA), or the UN Programme of Action. And that neither the United States Congress nor the Colorado General Assembly of the State of Colorado should entertain consideration of any new that would infringe on constitutionally protected rights under the Second Amendment through any means, including additional restrictions on lawful firearms and accessories; or on the possession, use, sale or transfer of legitimately owned firearms.

Thanks in advance for taking a stand. What’s more encouraging is that I’m dead certain El Paso County isn’t the only place where such stands – pushback, nullification – are taking place. May the echo of today’s action in Colorado Springs resound across the country. We’re not alone.

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