By Nick Hankoff on June 5, 2013
ROCKWALL, Texas – The City Council of Rockwall voted 5-2 in favor of a resolution “to protect and defend the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms” during its meeting in March.
A Dallas TV station called the packed out meeting “a grass roots show of support for gun rights.”
A Rockwall High School senior and future Air Force Academy cadet joined at least nine other residents speaking in favor of the resolution.
“Our rights — specifically our Second Amendment rights — are being threatened by the federal government,” Zach Maginnis said. “As a citizen of Rockwall, I’d like to see my hometown lead by example and prepare a public response to these threats.”
Rockwall joins a wave of Texas cities and counties passing resolutions against the federal government and its infringement on the Second Amendment. Rockwall joined Cooke and Bandera Counties, as well as the cities League City, Gonzales, Temple, Tiki Island, Lake Worth, and most recently Prosper.
Not a single resident at the meeting spoke on behalf of the two dissenting council members, but the local Democratic Party chalked up the whole episode to a “gun frenzy.” In a town where pawn shops are being emptied out of guns and ammunition, the city council meeting was packed with gun rights supporters who apparently see it differently. The actual frenzy is about gun control emanating from Washington, D.C.
“My constitutional rights feel threatened; my Second Amendment rights feel threatened; and then my life begins to feel threatened,” Tina Millican said.
The partisanship on this particular issue likely won’t wash away soon, but national momentum suggests a deeper principle at work. The people, through their local governments, are beginning to play a direct role in constitutional government. Political party affiliation isn’t such a make-or-break factor in grassroots action.
“The best way to fight back is at the local level,” Millican said.
With a population of 39,000, Rockwall took a good first step. Now citizens can build on the momentum, turn it up a notch, and push a binding resolution that would forbid city compliance with any unconstitutional act infringing on the Second Amendment. This kind of local pressure can not only serve as a catalyst for statewide action, but can itself thwart federal efforts to enforce unconstitutional acts. The feds simply don’t have the resources to do it themselves. They depend on state and local cooperation. YOU have the ability to pull the rug out from underneath them.
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