Recently I heard that the City of Hillsboro is thinking of declaring itself a “sanctuary city”, willing to defy unjust laws that are enforced by other levels of government. This sounds like a great idea to me. There are so many good people who have never hurt anyone, and never intended to break any law, yet must tremble in fear that at any moment, federal agents or other police officers will lock them up (or worse) for peacefully exercising their human rights. We need to step in and protect these people from the violent actions of a runaway government, which destroys lives and breaks up families. I am, of course, talking about legal gun owners.
As a key example, you may be familiar with the recent Mike Strickland case in Portland. Mike was attacked by an angry mob at a protest, and pointed his gun (without touching the trigger) in order to get them to back off. Mike had good reason to fear this mob— a similar protestor had beaten him so badly last year that he ended up in the hospital, and the attacker was never prosecuted, despite his identity being known and the attack being caught on tape. Although none of his attackers was ever charged, the Portland authorities were offended by Mike’s possession of a gun: he was quickly convicted of “menacing” each member of the mob, which may result in over 50 years in prison. (You can read more details about this case at victoriataft.com) .
So, while our city council is in a mood to protect selected classes of people from the police, I believe they should include those like Mike Strickland. Anybody who is being unjustly persecuted for possessing a gun for self-defense should know they have a safe haven, since there is one city that will defy all outside law enforcement agencies and stand up for what it thinks is right. I urge Mayor Callaway and the Hillsboro City Council to support justice and the Constitution by declaring Hillsboro a Second Amendment Sanctuary City.