Sunday sampler

Well, it appears as if a subset of North Carolina thinks the government is coming to take away their guns. That there is no evidence of that doesn’t matter. The News & Observer reports that 50 GOP lawmakers have signed a letter of support for areas that want to declare themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, a status that holds no legal power. (Bear in mind that the GOP controls both chambers in the General Assembly.)

Last week, I reported on Davidson County Board of Commissioners considering a resolution naming itself a Second Amendment sanctuary. (It passed.)

Now, Catawba County is considering the same, the Hickory Daily Record reports. “Our forefathers fought against this and this is our God-given rights,” Dickey said. “All government officials were elected by the people to uphold the law of our country. If we don’t take a stand, we are just setting ourselves up to have all our rights removed.” She doesn’t cite the Bible passage in which God mentions firearms.

Meanwhile, the sheriff of Iredell County has a column on the front page of the Record & Landmark explaining his support for Iredell becoming a Second Amendment sanctuary. (It’s not online, but you can read much of it here.)

Sigh.

Here is better news: The Alamance County sheriff supports Medicaid expansion in North Carolina, an effort which the GOP legislature has spurned. “We see the results of untreated mental health problems in our jail,” Johnson said at a news conference organized in Raleigh by Care4Carolina. “This shouldn’t be a Republican or Democrat issue. We need to remove the politics. This is a humanitarian issue.”

“We can pay now, or we can pay later,” Johnson said, “and we are paying later with human life, and people’s lives being destroyed.”

Raleigh: The N&O reports that social studies teachers don’t like eliminating some history instruction in the curriculum so that personal finance studies can be added. The story is what you’d expect — change is hard. I post it only to give me an excuse to advocate for required instruction in media literacy. To me, the misunderstanding of what media is and isn’t is one of the great national problems. Media literacy should be a required course the way English, history and foreign language are.