Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie firmly believes that some local law enforcement leaders are willing to go to jail instead of complying with state gun control laws they view as unconstitutional.
The Washington Examiner reported on Massie’s views about the rapidly growing Second Amendment sanctuary movement.
“Attended my first 2A sanctuary meeting today in Lewis County (where I live). Standing room only. Friends and neighbors spoke passionately and articulately. County officials unanimously passed a resolution,” Massie tweeted on December 30, 2019. “This grassroots movement feels even stronger than the Tea Party in 2010.”
“His county government has already voted to fund his legal fees should he end up in a protracted legal battle that might go all the way” to the Supreme Court, Massie told the Washington Examiner.
“And so that’s one of the things that when you boil it all down and say, ‘What does the sanctuary county movement mean?’” Massie stated. “So, what it could mean is that county governments decide to use taxpayer dollars, with the blessing of the taxpayers in those counties, to support the sheriffs in their court battles.”
Massie likened the potential scenarios that the Second Amendment sanctuary movement could face to the jailing of Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis when she decided to not sign same-sex marriage certificates in 2015.
“A lot of people didn’t think she was willing to do this, but she resisted a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses with her name on it, and she refused to do it, and he found her in contempt and threw her in jail without a jury trial,” Massie noted.
“So, she was basically a political prisoner,” Massie said. “She stayed in jail until it became a national issue.”
Massie believes that threats and intimidation will not keep local law enforcement who have declared their counties Second Amendment sanctuaries from serving the interests of their constituents.
“Somebody is going to jail,” Massie declared. “And it’s probably going to be a public official. And God bless the public officials who are willing to do this so their constituents don’t have to.”
Massie believes that these Second Amendment sanctuary efforts could revitalize the GOP in states like Virginia.
“These people that are trying to grab the guns could unwittingly put Virginia into play in the next presidential election, because I haven’t seen this kind of palpable grassroots energy since 2009, 2010 — the Tea Party,” Massie commented. “Everybody always went and tried to define who was organizing these Tea Parties in 2009 and 2010, and there were no leaders.”
Even in states like Virginia, which are Democrat controlled, gun owners can still make a difference.
They should get creative and look towards their local governments in order to resist state government overreach and create their own freedom enclaves.