Last week, we noted that Weld County Sheriff John Cooke was among several Colorado sheriffs raising constitutional concerns about potential gun-control measures. Now, the Weld Count Commissioners have pulled a similar trigger, passing a resolution -- read it below -- expressing their support for the Second Amendment.
Of course, proponents of assault-weapon bans, universal background checks and other measures floated by the Obama administration don't believe their suggestions violate the Second Amendment -- but commissioners Douglas Rademacher, Sean Conway, William Garcia, Mike Freeman appear to feel otherwise. They all voted for the resolution, succinctly titled "Expression of Support for the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article II, Section 13 of the Colorado Constitution Protections of the Right to Bear Arms by Law Abiding Citizens." And while fellow commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer is listed on the resolution as "excused," Rademacher assures the Denver Post that had she been able to attend yesterday's meeting, she would have given it a thumbs-up, too.
The document uses the familiar "whereas" resolution format to tout the amendment, noting that, for example, it "protects the rights of self-defense, defense of others and defense of the nation, and assumes the rights to hunting and sport shooting." Moreover, "it is estimated that more than 70 million people, representing more than half of the households in America, have chosen to lawfully exercise their rights to bear arms and defend themselves and their families" -- and besides, "studies by the National Academies of Sciences and the Centers for Disease Control have found no persuasive evidence that 'gun control' laws reduce crime."
With that and more in mind, the commissioners urge the U.S. Senate to "reject international treaties that will infringe on the Second Amendment rights of American citizens," including the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, and also encourage Congress and the Colorado General Assembly "to refrain from enacting new legislation that would infringe on the rights that are protected by the Second Amendment."
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No mention as to whether those who support tougher gun laws will have to pry this resolution from the commissioners' cold, dead fingers -- but that's the idea. Read the entire resolution here.
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