Friends, now that our town meeting has passed, people may wonder what is next
for Longmeadow Citizens For Liberty? We still live in Longmeadow, we still live next door to you. We are your teachers, your doctors, your accountants, your lawyers, your brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, granddads and grandmoms. We mow our lawns, buy stuff at the Longmeadow Shoppes, and watch our kids play sports on our amazing sports fields. We love our town and appreciate our neighbors, because Longmeadow is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
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I heard you on Cam & Company. I am so proud of you and your fellow townspeople. I am one of the grandmothers you spoke about. A younger grandmother to be sure. I live in New York State, so 2nd amendment and constitutional rights are regularly ignored here. I have never owned or carried a gun, however, I am a huge supporter of the Constitution. I have recently inquired on the process of acquiring a gun permit in NYS and will be pursuing the process. The only thing gun laws do is take guns away from law abiding citizens of our country. The federal government’s goal is to disarm the citizenry not stop gun violence. Keep up the good fight.
Bless you , Walt Lamon (and the whole group at Longeadow Citizens For Liberty)
Our group’s grassroots efforts has received a lot of attention. People want to know about a group of citizen neighbors that banded together, alerted our community and educated on flaws of these proposed laws. We care deeply about our community, the safety of our citizens, and the rights of our law abiding firearms owners.
One of our members Henry Lanouette will be interviewed on Cam & Company a national radio show that can be listened to on:
- Live on Roku or Apple TV “NRA Channel”
- Live on the web at www.nranews.com
- Sirius Satellite Radio (12am Patriot Channel 152 or 9pm Patriot Plus on Channel 797)
- After the show on the “NRA News” Youtube Channel
“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
– Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776
Alex Grant stated “I heard nothing constructive” “What we heard was an absolutist defense of the 2nd Amendment.”
Let me tell you what I heard.
I heard our citizens saying “Alex, listen when we tell you”
- You are WRONG to discredit the results of a town vote because it does not fit your narrative.
- You are WRONG when you say the act of me lawfully carrying a gun to protect my family increases gun violence.
- You are WRONG when you misrepresent Massachusetts Law for firearms registration.
- You are WRONG when you cherry pick language in dissenting opinions in cases to misrepresent how the Supreme Court has ruled on the 2nd amendment.
- You are WRONG when you depict a military battle rifle as a civilian AR 15.
- You are WRONG when, contrary to government policy, you give notoriety by publicly naming mass murderers.
In the public forum of a town meeting you are not just a citizen. You are a member of the town select board, a member of the Massachusetts Bar, an officer of the court, and an employee of the US Department of Justice. You choose to claim only one role in your petitions but you are WRONG .
If you would like to be collaborative as you say then do your best to maintain decorum.
When we looked around the gymnasium during our votes last night it was surprising, gratifying, and inspiring to see the townspeople of Longmeadow hold up their yellow “VOTE NO” cards to crush the attack on our personal freedoms.
The right to firearms is guaranteed by our constitution, and that was shouted loud and clear.
At the Longmeadow town meeting residents overwhelmingly affirmed our 2nd amendment rights. Each and every one of the three warrants was defeated.
We will offer a summary once we gather our thoughts and notes.
Thanks you to the many people who volunteered so much of their time and treasure to see this through. Our committee worked diligently to bring this to this end.
Thank you to our out of town friends who came and stood with us- Especially Dan Gannon who came down from Lowell and Jennifer from East Longmeadow.
It was a beautiful yet chilly morning. Our public awareness posts… informed, reminded and inspired … “What Time is the meeting?” was a common question from motorists as they passed our posts. Early “honk polling” shows strong belief in our constitutional rights. Negative responses were virtually non existent… Except we had a repeat visit from our favorite expatriate…
Our “Angry British Guy” once again screamed at us… “You F***ing AMERICANS can shove your f***ing guns up your a**”
This was screamed at four of us standing there just smiling and waving…
This was shouted at Earl… a Vietnam era vet standing calmly on a roadside defending our 2nd amendment by the testimony of his feet and chill of the 35F morning.
This was screamed at my wife Kathy, a grandmother holding an American flag as she smiled at the passersby…
This is the vitriol… the utter contempt for any of us to DARE to defend rights that as Americans we hold.
We have been insulted for being “stealthy” and tricksters, by one of signers the petition for this onerous proposal. This man is a Poli-Sci professor from our town on his blog on WGBH.
We have been counseled to keep emotion out of our response… don’t name names… don’t make the other people at the town meeting feel nervous.
We will be calm. We will be respectful. We will be good citizens at the town meeting. We will exemplify the citizenship that was demonstrated by the founders of our town, by the founders or our nation.
But we will come out en masse and we will vote.
7pm TONIGHT – Come early- Bring a neighbor
Mary Lewonchuck and Howie Dickstein we interviewed on Rock 102 WAQY this morning.
You can hear their interview here…
Our VOTE is tomorrow- we need each and every one of you…