San Clemente becomes ‘Freedom City as second amendment’

San Clemente becomes 'Freedom City as second amendment'

Elected officials in San Clemente, California, voted on June 1 to declare the region a “second city of freedom of amendment” with a non-binding, symbolic resolution.

The resolution, which was discussed at three previous city council meetings, was introduced by Mayor Pro Tem Gene James in an effort to show support for the constitutional right to bear firearms, which James said was besieged by state and federal lawmakers. word.

“I do see that many of our constitutional rights are being trampled on,” James said at the council meeting. ‘Certainly during COVID our constitutional rights were trampled on, especially the first amendment, our ability to assemble and our ability to open a business. And I think it’s related to the second amendment. People say that our second rights are not being attacked. They are definitely being attacked. ”

He continued, ‘This is just about the right to bear arms and it will not be infringed. We live in a world that is a little upside down for me right now. The police are being demonized. The rule of law is ignored. Law-abiding citizens are afraid of what is going on. ”

Councilman Chris Duncan said the resolution, while symbolic, could confuse law enforcement over whether to follow state gun laws.

“I’m very sensitive to what our law enforcers are doing, and I believe in law and order,” said Duncan, who voted against the measure. ‘Therefore, I have a little trouble with this resolution of the sanctuary, because for what purpose other than to make the immunity against laws possible, it could stand, just as I would not support an immigration city for a sanctuary not.

‘When I was in customs and border protection, I saw how destructive [sanctuary cities] was for communities when law enforcement did not know which laws to follow and which laws not to follow. ”

Before the resolution was passed, councilors Laura Ferguson and Steve Knoblock, who both later voted in favor of the resolution, argued that changes should be made to remove the term ‘sanctuary’ so as not to cause confusion. James later agreed to remove it.

“My case is also with the sanctuary language,” Knoblock said. “Sanctuary by definition means a refuge and safety. The phrase has been hijacked in the last decade or so by people who have said we are not going to enforce state or federal immigration laws. This is problematic. ”

He continued, ‘I think anyone who says the Second Amendment is not being attacked is misleading themselves. I think the Second Amendment is absolutely being attacked. If we have Democratic presidential candidates, say ‘Let there be no mistake, we’ll come after your guns. It means something. ”

The topic received about 40 public speakers, who were equally divided between the pros and cons of the resolution, and those who did not frequently refer to recent mass shootings in the state and country.