Commissioners Approve Resolution Defending 2nd Amendment
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo. On Monday morning, Mesa County Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at protecting and defending the Second Amendment. Newly elected commissioner Rose Pugliese drafted the resolution.
Dozens of residents packed a Mesa County courtroom, passionately speaking in favor and against it.
Gene Dreher spoke in favor of the resolution. He encourages people to get involved, "This is not a spectator sport, this is not like watching the Broncos. This one, you can play in."
A gun owner herself, Rose Pugliese put forth the resolution to defend the Second Amendment.
"On the state and the federal level there's a lot of legislation that's coming out, and we already have a lot of gun control regulation on the books," said Pugliese.
NRA training counselor Guy Masterson, said, "I think she's right on track. If we look at the United States, it's government for the people by the people."
Commissioners hope to inspire other counties to act as well.
"Really hoping it's going to take off like a wildfire. We are going to be sending copies of the resolution to the governor, to the assembly here in Colorado and also on the federal level," Pugliese said.
However, not everyone present was there to support the commissioner's efforts.
Claudette Konola said, "I understand when you get afraid you sometimes act emotionally instead of logically, but there is nothing logical about thinking it's okay to walk around the county carrying a gun just because you can."
Harry Andrews, who is a veteran and who was also in law enforcement for several years, spoke out against the resolution. "Kind of rallying the base type thing here and I just kind of find that ill-advised, disingenuous and frankly kind of silly," he said.
Those opposed say the resolution won't accomplish much, if anything at all. They say federal law will supersede the action.
"This was an exercise in making everyone feel good, but has very little substance," said Konola.
Mesa County is following suit of others with this resolution, including Montrose, El Paso and Weld counties.