By Lee Williams
All it takes is the stroke of a pen – one pen to be precise.
When Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs HB 2622 into law, which he’s expected to do any moment, more than half of the country will become a Second Amendment sanctuary.
According to Noah Davis of sanctuarycounties.com and its companion site constitutionalsanctuaries.com, when Abbott signs the bill, 1,715 of the country’s 3,144 counties – or roughly 54% – will either be self-declared Second Amendment Sanctuaries counties or located in states that that have declared themselves sanctuaries.
“And that doesn’t include all the towns and cities that have self-declared,” Davis said. “There’s been a ton of those too, but I don’t have the manpower to count all of them.”
Davis has diligently tracked the Second Amendment sanctuary movement since its inception. His maps and data offer the most precise and current information available.
Gov. Abbott, Davis and most others predict, will definitely sign the legislation. “He’s been begging the state legislature for the bill,” Davis said.
True grassroots effort
The Second Amendment sanctuary movement began in Davis’ home state of Virginia after Democrats took control of state government and began passing strong anti-rights laws. Once 95% of Virginia became Second Amendment sanctuaries, other states took notice and starting crafting their own legislation.
With no national leaders or funding, it’s a true grassroots movement, focused at the local level. More city councils and country commissions are declaring themselves sanctuaries every day.
Most Second Amendment sanctuary bills are simple. They declare that the municipal, county or state government simply won’t recognize or enforce any federal law that infringes upon the Second Amendment. Many of these laws bar local officials from participating in any federal enforcement. Some add civil and criminal penalties.
Legacy media ignores
The majority of the news stories about the Second Amendment sanctuary movement have been written by local reporters for local newspapers and TV. Most national news stories have described the movement as “symbolic” or “reactionary.”
Once a majority of the country becomes a Second Amendment sanctuary, I wonder whether these stories will change…assuming the legacy media even covers the issue.
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