Second Amendment, liberty preservation resolutions gain ground with Texas local governments

The Pearland City Council’s recent passage of a Second Amendment rights protection resolution as well as League City’s passage of a Liberty Preservation Resolution signify how Texans increasingly concerned about infringements of their Constitutional rights are looking to local governments – governments closest to the people – for affirmation of those rights.

The Tenth Amendment Center describes Pearland’s March 25 action:

Mayor Tom Reid, with the help of council members  Greg Hill and Keith Ordeneaux, brought forward resolution 2013-47; A resolution of the city council and the city of Pearland, Texas encouraging the federal government to protect and defend the rights of the citizens to keep and bear arms.

The resolution fortifies Article 1 Section 23 of the Texas Constitution

Whereas; RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms, with a view to prevent crime.

Councilman Owens and councilwoman Sherrouse showed their integrity and resolve, joining Hill, Ordeneaux and Mayor Reid to pass the resolution.

Councilman Scott Sherman declined to stand with the historic tradition of defending the rights of Pearlman residents and openly opposed the resolution.

Nearly everyone that has spoken on the matter concur that this small step at the local level is a giant step towards holding an overzealous federal government at bay. The City of Pearland calls on other communities and jurisdictions to join with them in this action by passing similar resolutions. As the every growing chorus increases lawmakers at the state level to take action.

Earlier in the year, the city council of League City passed a Second Amendment Resolution. On March 26, it then approved the Liberty Preservation Resolution designed protect the citizens of League City against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

League City Councilwoman Heidi Thiess writes of this resolution and the growing concerns:

I gave the City staff and my fellow Council members a head’s up back in January that I would be presenting two fundamental liberties resolutions for their consideration and vote.  The first was the Second Amendment Resolution on February 12th.  It passed with a vote of 7-1, and League City made history as the first municipality in the country to take action to protect our Constitutional right to bear arms.  I have a huge amount of respect for six of my fellow Council members and our Mayor who took the risk of being the FIRST to do what some detractors sniveled couldn’t or shouldn’t be done.  Since then, multiple cities across Texas have followed our lead, as well as cities and counties across the country.

Now it’s time for the Liberty Preservation Resolution, which defends against the unconstitutional powers accrued by the Executive branch to deem an American citizen a “belligerent or terroristic threat”, to detain them indefinitely without due process, and effectively strip them of their right of habeas corpus and other civil liberties enumerated in our U.S. Constitution and Texas State Constitution.

I’ve spent a lot of time recently in meetings, on social media, and with specially scheduled coffees to educate my fellow citizens about the danger of the special provisions in the NDAA that are grossly unconstitutional and therefore are null and void. I also want to direct new readers to the Tenth Amendment Center for in-depth background on the NDAA abuses and to Constitutional attorney KrisAnne Hall for exhaustive analysis of unconstitutional federal acts.  Also, do research on Senator Rand Paul’s many public statements and our own Senator Ted Cruz’s statements against the provisions in the NDAA:

On January 3, 2012 SG Cruz tweeted that President Obama had signed the NDAA and that the legislation was unconstitutional.

Obama signed NDAA that allows govt to detain citizens on U.S. soil—indefinitely—w/o habeas corpus. It’s wrong & it’s unconstitutional

On February 3, 2012 SG Cruz was quoted by the Houston Chronicle as saying that unchecked government power was always a threat to liberty.

(America) should always remain vigilant in the war on terror, but the Constitution does not allow an American citizen, arrested on U.S. soil, to be detained indefinitely without a trial.

Government power, unchecked, is always a threat to individual liberty.

Thiess’ site also provides templates for both the Liberty Preservation Resolution and the Second Amendment Resolution.

The Tenth Amendment Center offers this resource to track Second Amendment preservation legislation in states around the country.

Lou Ann Anderson is an information activist and the editor of Watchdog Wire – Texas. As a Policy Analyst with Americans for Prosperity – Texas, she writes and speaks about a variety of public policy topics. Lou Ann is the Creator and Online Producer at Estate of Denial®, a website that addresses the growing issue of probate abuse in which wills, trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney are used to loot assets from intended beneficiaries or heirs.