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The Growing Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement

The Second Amendment “sanctuary” movement seems to be growing in the United States. So, if some are calling Republic, Washington the modern-day Lexington, as I wrote in a recent article, then I suppose we could call Quay County, New Mexico the modern-day Concord.

In this Democrat-controlled state, the Quay County Republican representatives have declared themselves a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County.” They’ve taken this action in response to “a host of Democrat-sponsored gun control bills,” according to the Washington Times.

The Quay County commissioners voted unanimously to pass the “sanctuary” resolution. And, as with some sheriffs in Washington State (with the recent passage of anti-gun rights law I-1639), the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association also says their state’s new gun laws would be unenforceable. The sheriff’s say the laws would “punish law-abiding citizens.”

Now, before gun control types get all up in arms (pun alert!) about this conservative “sanctuary” movement and call gun rights advocates hypocrites because they oppose the illegal immigrant sanctuary movement, there is an enormous difference.

One difference is obvious: the left’s sanctuary movement supports illegal immigration, assisting criminals, ignoring federal laws, and actively obstructing federal agents from doing their job. The Second Amendment “sanctuary” movement supports upholding the U.S. Constitution—otherwise known as the Supreme Law of the Land, which includes the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms.

This difference is crucial. The Constitution’s supremacy is at the heart of the issue. While a state may recognize greater rights protections than the Constitution, they cannot pass laws that lessen or usurp the people’s rights. The gun control side aims to destroy American traditions, such as individual liberty, while the gun rights side wishes to uphold traditions, such as the right to self-defense.

This law enforcement leaders’ trend toward emphasizing the upholding of their oaths and supporting and defending the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic should continue. I got a heaping ration of leftist excrement when I once wrote an article in which I referred to leftists as “enemies.”

Though the left attempted to skew my viewpoint, my intent was clear. I wrote that those on the left who wished to raise my taxes or ban paper bags were my political opponents. But leftists who wished to take away my liberty are my enemies. My clear intent didn’t matter to them. Rather than focus on the issue (usurping rights) they focused on a word: enemies. Anything to deflect from the actual issue, which they cannot reasonably defend.

I still believe this. Usurpation of my Constitutional, unalienable rights is not the act of a mere political opponent; it’s the act of an enemy of liberty. I’m just happy people like Washington and New Mexican law enforcement leaders have stepped forward to defend liberty and our inalienable rights.

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Steve Pomper

Steve Pomper is an OpsLens contributor, a retired Seattle police officer, and the author of four non-fiction books, including De-Policing America: A Street Cop’s View of the Anti-Police State. You can read a review of this new book in Front Page Magazine and listen to an interview with Steve on the Joe Pags Show. Steve was a field-training officer, on the East Precinct Community Police Team, and served his entire career on the streets. He has a BA in English Language and Literature. He enjoys spending time with his kids and grand-kids. He loves to ride his Harley, hike, and cycle with his wife, Jody, a retired firefighter. You can find out more about Steve and send him comments and questions at

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