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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

February 12, 2020 - 00:00

On January 27th, our Colorado County Commissioners, and Judge took the momentous step in adopting what many call a 2nd Ammendment Sanctuary policy. A week before, our County Sheriff took similar action when he signed a pledge to stand and defend our citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms under the Constitution.

I’d like to thank both of them, as I’m sure many of you would like to as well. Next time you see the Judge, Sheriff, or one of our Commissioners, please show your appreciation.

For some of you who only get their news from the mainstream media, you may not know the context or importance of these resolutions.

The term “Sanctuary” has been borrowed from certain cities such as New York, San Franscisco and others who are protecting criminals, (thieves, murderers, rapists) that are in our country unlawfully, from arrest and adjudication by Federal law enforcement. Some cities and counties have enacted ordinances or rules to prohibit their local law enforcement from cooperating with Federal authorities. This is mostly driven by politics from the officials in those jurisdictions, who seek to use these criminals to further their political agenda.

Ironically, they call upon certain Supreme Court decisions and Constitutional amendments such as the tenth and fourteenth, to justify their pro-criminal stance. Those amendments were written to protect Citizens and local law enforcement officers from over reaching central government power. The Federal government cannot force local law enforcement or other government officers to enforce federal laws, against their citizens. Although, often local officials will cooperate with Federal officials when asked.

Recently, certain politicians and others seeking election have threatened to infringe upon our rights to keep and bear arms. Remember former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke running for President, who recently said, “Hell yes we’re gonna take your AR-15”, as part of his campaign. By the way, the Texas Constitution also cites the right of Texans to keep and bear arms.

In some other jurisdictions, misguided politicians have begun writing laws that infringe upon those Constitutional rights, calling them “red flag laws”. They are just unlocking a back door to trample our rights under the U.S. and Texas Constitution.

So, while some officials are abusing the Constitution to protect criminals, our public servants have announced their intent to use the Constitution to protect our citizens.

Be grateful we live in a county who still holds to the values that made Texas and our nation the best place to live and raise a family. Thank you, gentlemen.

Chris Christensen