In the news this week the term "2nd Amendment Sanctuary County" has made the headlines. A county in Arizona has joined along with Cherokee County in North Carolina and cities such as Needles, California that declared itself a "2nd amendment sanctuary city". Although it is a symbolic document, it is sending a powerful message to the political forces that believe stripping American’s of their rights due to the actions of criminals is not okay.

When Pender County commissioners put this on their docket last year they were met with opposition. Some people thought it meant the county would give shelter to those who have committed crimes with firearms. Nothing could be further from the truth. The symbolic gesture is to show that the county or city feels strongly about supporting the Constitution of the United States and that no governing power should have the right to strip those rights away.

Unfortunately, the confusion came when comparing this idea to the sanctuary cities (mostly in California) that protect illegal immigrants from being deported. In this example a county or city is allowing someone breaking the law shelter.

Perhaps if the term were changed to "County (or city) that supports the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution" there would be less confusion.

Virginia gun owners are keeping their eyes on their rights as well. Several of the new democratic members of their political system have threatened to start taking away rights, and soon. Instead of taking the time to work on how to prevent crime such as how to improve the school systems and offer more programs for parents to keep their kids off the streets, the first acts appear to be stripping rights away from law abiding citizens. Maybe it’s time Virginia considering "splitting apart" as it did once before, allowing the law-abiding gun owners to have their state, maybe they could call it Virginia South, while leaving Virginia to the defenseless politicians up North.

If you wake up one day and say, "I want a job with low to moderate pay, extensive hours including holidays and where I put my life on the line each and every day," then you want to be a police officer!

Isn’t it sad that in our society school teachers and police officers (two critical positions in our communities) are paid less and given less respect then a cashier at a fast food restaurant? Shame on each and every one of us that continues to allow this. When I was growing up if you were a teacher or a police officer you had a life-time career with benefits and retirement. You didn’t work a second job and you owned a home. What the heck happened?

When a cashier at the "Cook Out" restaurant in Roxboro refused to take a police officer’s food order, things went south quick. The employee and the manager at the time have both been fired over this and we still don’t know why the employee refused to take his order. Regardless of the reason, we are hearing more and more stories of restaurants treating police officers as though they were the bad guys and not the good guys. How stupid do you have to be?

During the coming holiday season remember knowledge is power and police officers and teachers are the heroes, not the fast food clerks.

Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.