What’s in a word? Let’s find out.

Sanctuary. For some it means a place (like a church) where people could seek refuge without punishment, for others it has become a term that means a criminal will not be punished. Neither of these definitions (my words) seem to really work for what people want to do for the second amendment.

Columbus County did the right thing. They changed the words to be Second Amendment Protection Resolution. What does it mean? Simple, that the employees — including the Sheriff and members thereof, will not allocated county funds to enforce laws passed down by the federal government or state that punish the law abiding and take away protections of the second amendment. There is nothing in any document that says it will protect criminals or will allow crimes with fire arms to be committed.

Why was the Constitution written and why did they take such care to get it right? The Constitution was written to prevent our country from falling into rule of an overbearing government by stripping the abilities of the people. No one can argue against that, right? If only that were true. What people who oppose these second amendment protection resolutions don’t understand is that the government is of the people and for the people. It is not designed to suffocate the people with unnecessary rules and regulations. Don’t like guns? Don’t own one. Don’t like free speech? Sit home and stare at the wall. It’s your choice.

Now that .22 long rifle ammo is plentiful and affordable (for those of you that don’t know a few years ago there was “the great shortage of .22” which I can only equate with preparation for a squirrel invasion that never took place) it is time to get back outside and have some fun.

.22 long rifle is a round designed for pistols, revolvers and rifles. A great round for training and practice — for all ages. Ruger 10/22 and the Henry lever action .22 rifle are staples in homes throughout our country and in some cases, are handed down from generation to generation. There is nothing like an afternoon of shooting at a row of empty cans or bottles of water to build the skills of concentration and responsibility. More and more schools across the country are re-instituting shooting teams and training programs. Remember when Dixon High School had a gun range on Highway 17? Don’t gasp, it’s true.

I remember when I was ten years old and I had to mow the lawn with a push mower up-hill that was not motorized, bring in firewood and make a fire before my mom got home from work in the winter and help clean on Saturdays as part of my chores. This wasn’t punishment or child endangerment, this was teaching me responsibility and that everyone has something to contribute. Instead of making excuses on why young people “can’t” do something, how about making it possible once again that they can learn responsibility. Can your child change a tire? Unclog a toilet? Write down a phone message correctly? (Don’t laugh this is serious.) Pay a bill, open a bank account, go grocery shopping with a list and money, hold open a door for someone and make eye contact when talking to strangers? If you can say yes to every item listed, congratulations – you are part of the solution. If you said no, time to get to work.

Remember knowledge is power, the Constitution was written for the people not the government and luckily the squirrel invasion never happened so get out that gun oil and start cleaning.

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.