Commissioners Take No Action On 2nd Amendment Firearm Resolution

Commissioners Take No Action On 2nd Amendment Firearm Resolution

Commissioners Take No Action On 2nd Amendment Firearm Resolution Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 18 February 2020 03:10

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners heard a request from several citizens to adopt a resolution to uphold rights of citizens to maintain and bear arms under the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Board took no official vote on the request on Feb. 17th but did offer opinions on why they would not consider the request.

Local resident David Buzzard explained he has lived in the area for seven years and is a combat veteran. He said, "I have two purple hearts awarded to me by the United States Army for my wounds sustained while doing my duty defending the Constitution which I swore to uphold and defend against enemies both foreign and domestic."

He explained, "I have literally bled on the battle field in foreign lands to do my part in defense of this document. Yet here in 2020 there seems to be ever rapid attempts by politicians to encroach on these fundamental rights guaranteed within our national and state founding documents. Be it for political expediency and electability, due to a highly misinformed public which is aided by media corps which are heavily invested in by multi-national investors or simply personal disagreements with the policy and principle. Know that these unconstitutional infringements will not be acceptable to us the people. I am not alone. I am not an anomaly. We will not sit idly by as our nation is transformed into something antithetical to its founding and our Constitutional rights eroded one by one. The right of free and law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. So I request that you put us on your minutes and agenda to bring forward a resolution protecting our second amendment protections as listed in the Constitution."

The 2nd Amendment 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."

David said he and others have tried to contact the Board of Commissioners to be added to a meeting agenda without a reply.

He explained, "We have been ignored. That's why we are here today. We are here to confront you. We are here to hand you this piece of paper and for you to either do your job and put us on the agenda, or to not, and if you don't, the people will see that and they will vote accordingly as they should in a republic. And so I say to you, please follow your job as listed under the Constitution and support our second amendment rights to free law abiding citizens to maintain and bear arms."

Other people echoed David's speech.

County Commissioner Woody White explained, "I want to thank the gentlemen who spoke today. All of you for your service to the community particularly Mr. Buzzard. That's a very meaningful sacrifice you personally made and also your family." He explained, "Speaking only for myself, not this board... I've have always been a very strong supporter of the second amendment. I've proudly spoken at NRA (National Rifle Association) banquets in the past. Hope to in the future. Received NRA endorsements in the past. I possess lawfully a number of firearms. I take care of them. I inform myself on their safety. How to use them. Taught my children at very young ages how to lock and load and shoot straight. I have a life time hunting license. So does my son."

White said he didn't recall receiving emails from citizens on the subject and apologized. He explained in his time on the Board he has received requests to be put on the agenda for topics such as abortion, flag burning, second amendment, immigration and other issues. He explained, "Sometimes we do take positions on sales taxes or the things that County government is uniquely chartered to consider as an extension of State Government but it's rare. Just as a personal opinion, I have not supported bringing fourth resolutions like the one that you proposed today because we have local government to do. It's basic blocking and tackling for education, public safety, land use planning. These are the things that we consider. 99.9% of the time they are not partisan in nature."

He explained, "The Second Amendment shouldn't be partisan. You are not trying to make it partisan. I realize that. But the national narrative is such that it is partisan. And while we disagree on a number of things up here, I can't imagine it would be helpful to us to disagree, which we could do frequently on all kinds of federal and national issues confronting this nation. We could spend all day talking about immigration reform. Entitlement reform. Whether you like President Trump or you don't like President Trump. Whether we should cut taxes or raise taxes. All of these things fundamentally do flow out of the Constitution that we all swear an oath to uphold."

White said he supports the amendment and their efforts and, "I have not supported bringing forth resolutions like the one that you proposed to day because we have local government to do.  It's basic blocking and tackling for education, public safety, land use planning. These are the things that we consider 99.9% of the time. They are not partisan in anture. The second amendment shouldn't be partisan. Your not trying to make it partisan I realize that, but the national narrative is such that it is partisan. While we disagree with a number of things up here, I can't imagine that it would be helpful to us to disagree, which we could do frequently  on all kinds of federal, national issues confronting this nation.  We could spend all day talking about immigration reform, entitlement reform, whether you  like President Trump or you don't like President Trump. Whether we should cut taxes or raise taxes. All these things fundamentally do flow out of the Constitution that we all swore an oath to uphold."

He explained he supported the resolution but it's not within the purview of the Board to vote upon regardless of what other cities and counties have adopted.

Other commissioners expressed similar outlooks on the issue with Commissioner Rob Zapple saying he supports the second amendment but also thinks the nation needs to focus efforts on addressing school shootings and other gun related crimes.

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