GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A new resolution concerning the 2nd Amendment brought in a full crowd to the Mesa County commissioners' weekly meeting.
Monday, the board unanimously adopted a resolution aiming to preserve and defend the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution - the right to bear arms.
When they opened up the meeting to public comment, a number of extremely passionate citizens shared their thoughts on the topic, some against and others backing it 100 percent.
"Those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat its past, and we are following that trail right now," said Steve Bittle, strong supporter of the board's decision. "We need to stop this immediately."
Colorado has been a hot-spot for the recent gun control debates, and the Mesa County commissioners felt it was time to speak out.
"It's really important to stand up on the local level," said Steven Acquafresca, County Commissioner. "It's important for our constituents to understand what our position is in great detail on these matters of importance to them."
While the majority of the crowd supported their decision to get involved, others believed it was too soon to take sides.
"I just want us to be able to restrict the people and types, and so we can do all of that and operate very comfortable," said Harry Andrews, a supporter of the 2nd Amendment who feels the local level should not get involved.
But with all the elements being debated, some say the bigger picture is getting lost.
"If we don't stand up for our 2nd Amendment rights, every other right we have will follow suit," said Bittle. "Then this country will never be recognized for what it was founded on in the first place."
And county leaders believe adopting this resolution will speak volumes.
"Hopefully it sends a clear message in combination with the messages that these policy makers at the state and federal level are getting from other communities and counties to provide them with direction and guidance on a matter as critical and as important as the second amendment," said Acquafresca.
It's an amendment that affects thousands.
"Our fight is not just here," said Bittle. "It's not just the state of Colorado; it's nationwide. We are fighting to preserve our nation."
Now that the board adopted the resolution, it will be passed on to key figures at the Colorado State Legislature and congressional delegation.
The Mesa County commissioners hold a meeting every Monday morning at 9 a.m. They encourage the community to sit in on the meetings and give input on the agendas at hand.
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