I often talk about states in totality. There are pro-gun states and anti-gun states. That’s because it’s easier for discussion. However, every anti-gun state has pro-gun areas and vice versa. Now, a city in an anti-gun state may become a sanctuary city.
That’s right. As odd as it sounds unless you understand it, a California city is about to discuss becoming a Second Amendment sanctuary.
A non-binding resolution that Mayor Pro Tem Gene James is spearheading aims to declare San Clemente as a so-called Second Amendment Sanctuary City—a designation some U.S. cities and counties are adopting to fight a perceived attack on gun rights.
“In San Clemente, we have 65,000 citizens and residents who possess about 20,000 firearms, and not once, in recent memory, has anyone in San Clemente been convicted or charged with a crime involving firearms,” James said during a March 16 council meeting. “I think the Framers (of the Constitution) had it right. We have a right to bear arms.”
The symbolic resolution, if passed by the city council, is meant to support the town’s gun owners, whose rights, James believes, are being threatened by lawmakers in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.
In an emailed statement to San Clemente Times this week explaining his position, James expressed his belief that there’s a growing movement in the U.S. to adopt a similar gun control measure to one that was imposed in Australia back in 1996.
Following a mass shooting in the Tasmanian town of Port Arthur, Australia passed the National Firearms Agreement, which restricted gun ownership and established a mandatory gun buyback program.
“The Founding Fathers and Framers saw this day coming and wanted us to be protected,” James, in the email, said of the Second Amendment. “To be clear, this is not about open carry or concealed carry; my overriding concern is about the citizens of San Clemente having the right to be safe and secure in their homes in our wonderful city.”
Now, I don’t know enough about San Clemente’s local politics to even begin to speculate on whether the city will pass the resolution or not. Even if it’s non-binding, it’s a signal where the city stands.
That’s a good thing, assuming it will pass.
If it doesn’t pass, though, well…it’s California. Most of us don’t expect pro-gun news out of that particular state. The fact that James is trying is encouraging all on its own.
Yet if it does, it’s a slap in the face of every anti-gunner in California who is convinced everyone in their state agrees with them. It’s a reminder that they don’t speak for everyone.
My hope, though, is that more and more of California’s pro-gun communities pass some kind of sanctuary resolution. Even if it doesn’t do much of anything from a legal standpoint, it’s a beacon for others in the state to remember they’re not alone, that their state isn’t so far gone that they might as well just roll over and give up.
Now, we just need to sit back and see if San Clemente will pass the resolution or not.