Cribbins & Sweet Reject Second Amendment Preservation Resolution
Over the past several weeks, a group of devoted defenders of the Second Amendment has been lobbying the Coos County commissioners for a Second Amendment Preservation Resolution, or ordinance to stave off any attempts of the state legislature from instituting more restrictive gun laws.
The Board of Commissioners set the vote for February 17, 2015. A larger crowd than normal attended, with members of the community lining the walls of the room. Commissioner Cribbins was absent on a trip to DC tying to retain funding from the Secure Rural Schools program. The meeting came to order, and the commissioners took public comment from over a dozen people in support of the resolution, including the current sheriff. Only one member of the crowd spoke against the proposal.
The chair brought the measure up for discussion. Sweet spoke first and explained that it was not the job of county commissioners to get involved with state or federal legislative procedure. He said, “The duty of a commissioner was to take care of county roads and streets.”
Prior to the meeting, Commissioner Cribbins arranged to have the county’s legal counsel read a statement stating she would not vote for a resolution until there was an actual bill introduced in the Oregon legislature.
When it was time, Commissioner Bob Main voted in favor and, as expected, Commissioner John Sweet voted against enacting a Second Amendment Preservation Resolution knowing that thirteen other counties have ratified similar resolutions. It failed to get a majority.
Afterwards, Former Sheriff, Mike Cook, posted on Facebook, “Well I hate to say it, but the voters of Coos County have been lied to again. Both John Sweet and Melissa Cribbins told the voters prior to the last election that they supported the second amendment and gun rights.”
When asked his opinion, Don Gurney said, “The people would have gotten their resolution if I had won the election.”
The crowd of mainly supporters was understandable disappointed that Coos is setting precedence for the other counties that have not enacted their own resolution, which is an embarrassing example to set.
Fortunately, several attendees got together after the board took the vote and decided to form a committee to put an initiative on the ballot for a Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance, which will be enforceable, where a resolution is only symbolic. It will be identical to the resolution passed in Wheeler County. The group also decided it was time to start considering a recall of Commissioners Cribbins and Sweet for betraying the duty of office by not upholding their oath to the US Constitution. They have to be in office six months before citizens can start the recall process and that will be on Monday, July 6, 2015.
There is a public meeting happening for anyone interested in the preservation of the Second Amendment on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11:00 am in the large conference room of the Bandon Public Library. The group is planning other meetings throughout the county. To stay informed go to www.CoosCountyWatchdog.com and sign up for email notices.
Rob Taylor is the founder of www.CoosCountyWatchdog.com, which is a network of individual local government watchdogs.