Illinois Creating "Sanctuary Counties" for Gun Rights and NRA Claims Gun Control Activists are "Civil Terrorists"
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What are the stories?
- Several communities in southern Illinois are declaring themselves “sanctuary counties” for gun owners, saying they will not enforce any gun-control measures the state’s Democrats may pass. They join other states in pushing back against gun control legislation.
- Oliver North, the newly elected president of the National Rifle Association, has vowed to “counterpunch” Parkland students who are engaging in “civil terrorism.”
- In the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead, various states moved - or are moving - to pass gun control measures. Using the same “sanctuary” language states have adopted to prevent local law enforcement from working with immigration agents, Effingham County passed a resolution declaring itself a “sanctuary county” against any gun control laws.
- "We want to make a statement. We don't want our Second Amendment rights to be stripped away from us," David Campbell, vice chairman of the Effingham County Board, told CNN.
"If we protect immigrants with sanctuary cities, why not use similar laws to protect our rights to own a gun?"
- Iroquois, Jasper, Saline, and Jefferson counties have adopted similar resolutions.
Which other states are expanding gun rights?
- Florida is allowing some teachers to carry guns on campus.
- Idaho lawmakers voted down a law that would have restricted gun ownership for domestic abusers.
- Louisiana is considering a bill that would allow students to wear bulletproof backpacks.
- The Tennessee legislature is debating the “Second Amendment Civil Rights Act," which would penalize any local governments that refuse to let firearm or hunting trade shows rent space at public fairgrounds or convention centers.
- South Dakota enacted a law to allow firearms for self-defense in houses of worship and private schools.
- The Iowa House and Senate approved a resolution to enshrine the "right to bear arms" in the state constitution.
- Survivors of the Parkland shooting have mobilized a number of high-profile marches, demonstrations, and online campaigns in support of stricter gun laws.
- “They can do all the cyberwar against us—they’re doing it,” North, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel best known for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal, told the Washington Times. “They can use the media against us—they are. They’ve gone after our bank accounts, our finances, our donors and obviously individual members. It’s got to stop.”
- North also pushed back against those calling the protesters “activists”:
“They call them activists. That’s what they’re calling themselves. They’re not activists — this is civil terrorism. This is the kind of thing that’s never been seen against a civil rights organization in America.”
What do you think?
Do you want your county or state to declare itself a “sanctuary” for gun rights? What’s happening in your state around gun laws? Do you support enacting tighter gun controls or expanding gun rights? Are gun-control protesters “civil terrorists”? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.
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