County commissioners approve 'gun sanctuary' resolution
Murphy – A 3-2 majority of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Monday night to declare this a “gun sanctuary county.”
The three-page resolution, written by Commissioner Dan Eichenbaum, runs through the history of constitutional law as it relates to the Second Amendment and the right to “keep and bear arms for self-defense, personal safety, protection of one’s family, and in defense of one’s community and county.”
Much like immigration sanctuary cities refuse to enforce some immigration laws laid down by the federal government, Cherokee County has resolved it will not authorize any funds or county manpower to enforce any act that will “infringe on the right by the people to keep and bear arms as described.”
Commission Chairman Hippie Westmoreland and Commissioner Cal Stiles both expressed support for the Second Amendment, but had reservations about the resolution as constructed.
Westmoreland wondered aloud if something like this would attract future visitors to the county like Eric Rudolph, who was famously captured here as a federal fugitive in 2003. Stiles said he was mostly in favor of the idea of the resolution, but asked for a simpler version.
Both voted against the resolution, with Eichenbaum and Commissioners C.B. McKinnon and Roy Dickey in favor.
Eichenbaum stressed that the first thing dictators do is confiscate guns, citing the Weimar Republic in Germany between World Wars I and II prior to Adolf Hitler’s rise to power.
Sheriff Derrick Palmer expressed his support for the resolution. Palmer cited many statistics, including that someone uses a gun in self defense in the United States every 13 seconds. He added that many activists supporting gun control have acted out of “fear, emotions and knee-jerk reactions” since April 20, 1999, when Columbine High School
was attacked by two students.
In other county business Monday, commissioners:
* did not approve the school board’s planned purchase of two sets of cameras for their bus garage that totaled more than $17,000.
Eichenbaum said the quotes were “really excessive,” and systems with HD cameras could be had much cheaper. John Higdon of Cherokee County Schools said he would take the request back to the school board and have them reassess the situation.
* released the $12,000 it pledged two years ago for a new van to help local veterans get to medical appointments and other destinations, as the match money goal was finally reached by Veterans of Foreign Wars.
* declined to allow the Highways N Hedges ministry to use the old Andrews Health Department building to help local residents in need.
* approved a proclamation for the 2019 Senior Games.