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To the editor:
Disappointed, but not at all surprised at the action of Brunswick County commissioners at the Feb. 18 meeting to affirm their oath to the U.S. and N.C. Constitutions, “with special regard to the Second Amendment of the Constitution.”
What is surprising is they tried to veil their true motivation in declaring support for the entire Constitution.
If they were not favoring just one right, then why was the Second Amendment singularly mentioned?
Ironically, commissioner chair Phil Norris was most truthful when he said “I think this covers everything.” Yep, that’s what it was, albeit a poor cover.
What was wrong with their original oath of office? Have they been unfaithful in just two short months? Or did they have their fingers crossed the first time they promised to uphold the constitutions?
It is blatantly dishonest to claim that they were not “favoring” just one particular constitutional right.
At the end of the day, whatever their motivation, it has little to do with their jobs as commissioners.
And while it is every individual’s right to express their opinion, it is not appropriate for commissioners to use their office to promote a particular party agenda with their personal opinions.
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution remains the law of the land. But, the gulf between the right to bear arms and the proliferation of arms is not a constitutional issue; it is regulatory and should be addressed as such.
Commissioners have stepped off into that gulf inelegantly.