Just across the Colorado River from the new Second Amendment Sanctuary City of Needles, California lies vast Mohave County, Arizona — now also a Second Amendment Sanctuary. It is the largest addition so far, and the first in Arizona.
The vote Monday by the Mohave County Board of Supervisors at the Mohave County Courthouse in Kingman, Arizona was unanimous, preceded by speakers before a sizable crowd, including Congressman Paul Gosar, Arizona Senator Sonny Borrelli and a state legislator.
Several attendees mentioned that they were incensed by Tuscon's upcoming vote on whether to make the city a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants and viewed the move by the county as a direct symbolic gesture rebuffing the big city, as well as those who were simply concerned that the state was moving ever closer to threatening their self-defense rights. Board Chairwoman Hildy Angius, the sponsor of the bill, suggested that with those threats looming everyone would understand why they were taking the historic step.
Unsurprisingly, the only person to speak against the resolution was Mohave County Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary McCord Robinson, who attempted to assert that she liked the resolution but was concerned that it may confuse people as to the meaning of the term, "sanctuary."
As with most Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions, the declaration isn't legally binding. It does, however, make the county's intentions known and also serves as a dire warning to state legislators that the county's patience isn't endless. The county would fight tooth and nail against gun control if they needed to — and both history and momentum appear to be on their side. A new, more constitutionally-minded US Supreme Court has recent indications of a renewed willingness to curtail the limits of any present and future potential attempts at destroying the right to keep and bear arms.
The proximity to nearby Needles, California did not go overlooked as Angius commented,
“Anyone who’s been paying attention to what’s going on around us sees there’s traction to implement gun control laws here in Arizona. Things are happening at warp speed and happening incrementally. You’ll look around and say, ‘What happened to my country? What happened to my rights’? I refuse to let that happen here without a fight.”
“For me, this is a statement from Mohave County that if congress, the state legislature or the governor passes laws that infringe on our Second Amendment rights, with the help and leadership of our county sheriff, they’re in for a big fight. I hope other Arizona counties will follow suit.”
Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster was next to speak, promising the large crowd that he and his deputies would take any necessary steps to uphold their constitutional rights.
“Myself and my staff swore an oath to defend the rights of people that were bestowed upon them by the U.S. Constitution and the Arizona Constitution. I’m an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment. There will always be a need to regulate the use of firearms for the safety and security of our communities — however, the rights of our citizens to carry firearms will, God willing, never be infringed … The day they outlaw guns is the day your sheriff becomes an outlaw.”
US House Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona alluded to the 2020 elections when he spoke, stating,
“Beto O’Rourke dropped out of the U.S. presidential race, but that doesn’t mean any of the other (Democratic) candidates have any less intention of taking away your Second Amendment rights, Gosar said. “America has to wake up. Our first and second amendments are tied together … if you don’t have the Second Amendment, you don’t have the first. “
“You see this fast encroachment in the federal government. This is a rare opportunity to see what you’re for and what you’re against … this is about the strength of empowerment. Thousands of crimes are thwarted each year because a citizen had the personal protection of the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment is there for tyranny against a government that is overbearing. I applaud you for making this commencement … thank you for standing up for American citizens and the Second Amendment.”