Monument, Colorado has been a Second Amendment sanctuary city since Red Flag laws were enacted. Now, in a barely covered (except by the OCN) Monument Board of Trustees meeting on December 7th, off the agenda and at the end of the meeting, Trustee Jim Romanello brought up COVID restrictions as they relate to local businesses.
Romanello stated, “…the virus has caused fear, destroyed the economy, created dependence on the government, dehumanized and isolated people, and divided the country. Romanello stated people’s liberties are disappearing and encouraged people to express the rights given to them in the bill of rights.
Council people Mitch LaKind and Kelly Elliott echoed Romanello’s sentiments, and Elliott recounted her friend in California who is suffering as a business owner. Laurie Clark was not present for the meeting, nor was trustee Unruh.
Ron Stephens asked the Board of Trustees if they would allow a resolution to be drafted to declare Monument a sanctuary city, free from Governor Polis’s wrath of business closures and mask restrictions. Mayor Don Wilson instructed Foreman to draft a resolution, which will be presented at the next Board of Trustees meeting on January 11th at 7pm.
No one on the board dissented from the idea of Monument being a sanctuary city, but a red flag was raised regarding the state’s possible withholding of Coronavirus (CARES) funding for towns who are non-compliant. Mayor Don Wilson applauded the Board for its commitment to liberty.
In April of 2019, when the Red Flag law was passed, Monument also declared itself a sanctuary city for the Second Amendment. The Board of Trustees declared that the city would not prosecute Red Flag violations.
A few other cities in the US have attempted to declare themselves sanctuary cities. Atwater, California leaders attempted a similar move but were denied CARES Act funding; preventing communism in small towns like Monument, tied to CARES, is quite a feat.