Letter: Local government at its best

To the Editor:

On Sept. 7 the Kendall County Board approved a very important resolution, declaring our full support of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

The individual right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, as well as in Article I, Section 22 of the Constitution of the state of Illinois. As elected officials, each board member swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the state of Illinois.

Some have asked, “Why is this important?” In today’s world, we see many of our freedoms under attack and in danger of being eroded. The Second Amendment clearly states that the right of individuals to keep and bear arms ”shall not be infringed.” That is why the County Board affirmed its support of the Second Amendment and further directed the resolution of support to be sent to our representatives in the Illinois General Assembly and to the governor. Our representatives in Springfield now know that our County Board opposes any legislation that would infringe upon our rights.

At the Sept. 7 board meeting, the room was packed with citizens wishing to weigh in on the issue of supporting the Second Amendment. This was a perfect example of local government at its best, and we appreciate every citizen who attended and courageously addressed the board. In my years on the County Board, I have rarely seen such support for a resolution and have never seen the room filled to overflowing with citizens.

It’s my duty and privilege to affirm the precious freedoms that are guaranteed in the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, and applaud my fellow board members who took the same stand. I think our founding fathers knew that the only way to assure our individual rights would be protected was to amend the Constitution with the Bill of Rights. I urge all proud Americans to become familiar with these individual rights and be alert to anything that seeks to erode or infringe upon your rights.

Judy Gilmour

Kendall County Board Member

Yorkville