Franklin County, NC Commissioners’ Meeting – 2nd Amendment Resolution Introduced

“A Resolution to Preserve and Defend the United States Constitution and North Carolina Constitution” was introduced for consideration tonight (January 22, 2013) at the Franklin County Commissioners’ meeting. All commissioners had received an advance copy of the resolution (shown in its entirety below). This board is comprised of three Republicans and four Democrat commissioners but we will have to wait until at least February for the Democrats to ponder the merits of our 2nd amendment rights in this county. Commissioner Dunston is “vehemently opposed” to any further action on this resolution as seen at the end of this video:

This resolution is modeled on the successful Beaufort County, NC resolution. I would like to point out that the president did not issue an executive order for his 23 initiatives; it was an executive memo. This resolution should be submitted in all counties in North Carolina for passage (not consideration) by their county commissioners.

When a commissioner is sworn into office in Franklin County, the first two sections of his oath are:

I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States; so help me, God.

I, __________, do further solemnly and sincerely swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of North Carolina, and to the constitutional powers and authorities which are or may be established for the government thereof; and that I will endeavor to support, maintain and defend the Constitution of said State, not inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States, to the best of my knowledge and ability; so help me, God.

I suppose the above oath to the Constitution can be considered to be superseded by certain commissioners for personal reasons or political agendas. I hope that the voters in Franklin County remember this in the next election.

David DeGerolamo

A Resolution to Preserve and Defend the United States Constitution
and
North Carolina Constitution

Whereas: The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed;” and

Whereas: Article I, Sec. 30 in the NC Constitution states “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed;” and

Whereas: President Obama recently announced his 23 anti-gun initiatives – even going so far as to use Executive Orders to bypass our God given rights of self-defense; and

Whereas: A Militia when properly formed is in fact the people themselves … and includes … all men capable of bearing arms; and

Whereas: It being “necessary to the security of a free State” meant that the right of the people to bear arms was, and remains, the ultimate barrier to government tyranny; and    

Whereas: Gun control only ensures law-abiding citizens are powerless in the face of criminal threat; and

Therefore: The Franklin County Commissioners resolve to defend the 2nd Amendment  and Article I, Sec. 30 and will not bow down to Unconstitutional laws, executive orders, or foreign/domestic tyranny.  Furthermore, the Commissioners call upon the Governor and General Assembly of North Carolina to pass legislation that will guarantee the protection of our God-given right to self-defense for all North Carolinians; and 

Be It Further Resolved, the County Manager be directed to see that no county paid staff participate in nor allow any county resources be used in the implementation or enforcement of any Unconstitutional law, executive order or executive directive that infringe on the God-given right to self-defense.

This the __ day of _______, 2013

 

_____________________                                                                                                             Chairman Shane Mitchell

ATTEST:

 

_________________________

Kristen King, Clerk of the Board

      
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Richard Lucas
Richard Lucas
8 years ago

You do realize, of course, that the US Constitution gives the power to interpret the Constitution to the US Supreme Court? The SCOTUS has already had occasion to indicate that they believe in preserving the Second Amendment for the purpose of self-defense against criminals. However, the notion that the Second Amendment is somehow the Constitution plotting against itself, by empowering insurrectionists to use their weapons to take over the government, is an error. If the Supreme Court of the United States decides to clarify the meaning of a “well regulated militia” and to uphold certain restrictions on the sale and ownership of firearms, or to require that certain standards be met by owners, then that, my friends, will be that. The Constitution gives this power to the SCOTUS, therefore any claim that such a decision is “unconstitutional” would be a claim against the authority of the Constitution.

Local law enforcement, including sheriffs, are only empowered to execute and uphold the Constitution, by the way -- not interpret it! I don’t know how so many people can be so confused by this, to the point of uttering absurdities such as “Gun ownership is a God-given right!” It makes me cringe, but more importantly, it speaks to a substandard instruction in civics. If you remember nothing else, remember that any move to “uphold” the Constitution that violates the authority model laid out by the Constitution eats its own argument.

Richard Lucas
Richard Lucas
8 years ago
Reply to  DRenegade

You can think and say anything you want, until it becomes sedition. A revolutionary is only as good as his analysis. You’re putting yours up against people who have been sworn to uphold the Constitution and invested with the public trust since before Lincoln. Good luck with that.