It’s clear that anti-gun forces are happy with their handiwork in Virginia. We also know they’re apparently turning their attention to Texas. They aim to turn the largest red state into a blue state.
Of course, that’s going to be a tough row to hoe by any stretch of the imagination.
It’s going to be even tougher as another Texas county votes to become a Second Amendment sanctuary.
The Ellis County Commissioners’ Court unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday upholding the Second Amendment which protects citizens’ “inalienable and individual right to keep and bear arms.”
In July, the Commissioners’ Court decided to remove a lockdown of the Historic Courthouse doors, which had prohibited License to Carry holders from carrying within the building.
The resolution designates Ellis County a Second Amendment “Sanctuary County.”
An excerpt from the resolution states: “This Commissioners Court will not authorize or appropriate government funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers or offices for the purpose of enforcing law that unconstitutionally infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
Twelve Ellis County residents participated in the Commissioners’ Court session urging the court to approve of the resolution, the county said in a news release.
It’s an important step, of course. While there doesn’t appear to be much chance of gun control really becoming an issue in Texas, some thought the same thing about Virginia.
We see how that went.
Anyway, Ellis County is really just the latest Texas county to embrace the trend.
Not even a man who claimed to have campaigned for Beto O’Rourke in 2018 would defend the Democratic presidential candidate’s recent promise to confiscate assault-style weapons if elected to the White House. Daniel Peters told the commissioners that he’s gay and liberal and worries that some gun extremists “want to kill people like me.” Nonetheless, he doesn’t think the government can always protect him, so he relies on his firearms. “This queer shoots back,” Peters said.
Peters was speaking in support of a proposal to make Hood County a so-called Second Amendment sanctuary, a resolution the commissioners unanimously approved at an early October hearing. Though the Hood County resolution was sponsored by Commissioner James Deaver, he said Deeds had pushed for the measure and that the commissioners “just agreed.” Hood County is one of seven Texas counties—mostly Republican and rural—to officially establish themselves as gun sanctuaries in the past year and a half, three of them after O’Rourke announced his support for a mandatory buy-back of assault weapons in the aftermath of the mass shootings in El Paso and Midland/Odessa.
Like resolutions in several other counties, Hood County’s measure affirms support for any decision the sheriff makes “to not enforce unconstitutional firearms restrictions against any citizen,” and it shields county funds, employees, and buildings from being used in service of any law “that unconstitutionally infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
Frankly, I’d like to have a drink with Mr. Peters mentioned above. While I’m sure we disagree on plenty–he’s a self-described liberal, after all–we also clearly agree on the fact that the police can’t protect us all and gun control prevents us from protecting ourselves. Frankly, I’ve had longlasting friendships built on far less important topics.
Ellis and Hood Counties aren’t the only counties to embrace sanctuary status. Nor are they likely to be the last.
For people in Texas, that’s a good thing.
It also serves as a warning for anti-gunners who think they’ll be able to flip the state easily. That just isn’t going to happen.