I view the Second Amendment sanctuary movement as dangerous on several levels. The defiance of government policy recalls the anti-integration “massive resistance” of the civil rights era. Like civil rights, gun legislation carries the force of court decisions. If a judge deems an individual to be dangerous to himself or others, are folks actually proposing local law enforcement to ignore and defy such an order? That is madness, endangering everybody.

The National Rifle Association acts as a lobbyist for gun manufacturers, feeding the powerful delusion that any gun regulation will lead inexorably to confiscation and total loss of rights. No one is taking anyone’s hunting rifle away, nor forbidding sane citizens’ reasonable means of self-defense. But the delusion is as strong as it is ridiculous, making it, again, dangerous. The fear-mongering pushes unstable, violence-prone souls closer to going over the edge.

If more guns made us safer, we would already be the safest place on Earth. Of course, it's the exact opposite. Remember the Second Amendment calls for “a well-regulated militia.” There is nothing well regulated about anyone and everyone having unlimited access to every armament known to man. Yes, mental health services are crucial. Let’s vote for politicians who will actually fund health care. And remember: every nation on Earth has insane people, but none has close to our amount of gun violence, because no other nation has anywhere near our proliferation of weaponry.

Until our rural areas realize the benefits of sensible limits on quantity and types of gun ownership, I offer the last lines of the Longfellow poem, set to music in the carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" – “And in despair I bowed my head: ‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said. For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good-will to men. Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; the wrong shall fail, the right prevail with peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Eric Olson, Front Royal