All over the nation, a number of counties have embraced the status of Second Amendment sanctuary counties. They’ve all declared they will not enforce unconstitutional gun law regardless of what bills get passed at the state or federal level. There are a lot of them and I fully expect to see a lot more spring up.
However, Spartanburg County in South Carolina has opted not to join their ranks.
Spartanburg County Council opted to show its support of the Second Amendment with a letter to lawmakers rather than declaring the county a sanctuary jurisdiction as two gun rights activists recently asked.
A letter signed by all seven council members was sent Feb. 28 to each state lawmaker in the Spartanburg County Legislative Delegation, and to U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott and U.S. Rep. William Timmons.
“We … respectfully request your careful consideration of any legislation that may potentially impact the rights afforded under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 20 of the South Carolina Constitution in order to ensure preservation of those rights,” the letter states.
Last month, Cibby Crell and Ryan Barnett asked council to pass a resolution declaring Spartanburg County a “Second Amendment Sanctuary Jurisdiction.”
Undoubtedly, there will be some who will take this decision as something of a slap in the face. Believe me, I get it.
But, on the same token, it’s not like the county council is just ignoring the threat to the Second Amendment, either. While a letter might not be overly productive in the long run, it’s still a stand in defense of the right to keep and bear arms. It might not be a strong one, but it’s still a far cry better than the nothing that many other counties have thus far opted to do.
Look, it’s likely that Spartanburg County simply doesn’t see gun control becoming a state issue for them, and they’re probably right. That means it’s most likely going to come from the feds, so addressing their congressional representation makes a lot of sense.
Only, none of that delegation is likely to back gun control anyway.
So, I get why some people might be less than thrilled about the relatively weak stance. However, let’s also remember that at least there is a stance. They have made it clear how the leadership of Spartanburg County feel when it comes to gun rights.
Further, there’s nothing about this that stays their hand at revisiting the issue should the chance of gun control become far more substantial. If it’s imminent, they can always change their minds and adopt a sanctuary resolution then.
After all, what is the Second Amendment sanctuary movement but a message to lawmakers, a warning that much of the country doesn’t support anti-gun regulations? A letter is little different in that regard, especially without any impending threat of new gun control regulations hovering over their heads.
The real question is whether a letter will accomplish anything in the grand scheme of things. Then again, let’s hope it’s not needed.