By Walt Lamon
On May 10th we citizens of Longmeadow will vote on three firearms petitions. The actions proposed do absolutely nothing to promote firearm safety. They divide the law abiding citizens of Longmeadow into two camps. We do not have violent gun crime in Longmeadow. We have not, for as long as any one of us has been alive.
Alex Grant wants to change that. He submitted three petitions to change the town laws about his neighbors’ right for the legal ownership of firearms.
His petitions are aimed to:
- Eliminate locations where citizens can protect themselves (29).
- Begin town registration of already registered firearms (30).
- Confiscate firearms legally owned by our neighbors (31).
Article 29. In Longmeadow gun crime is zero, on or off town property. I suppose we could increase gun crime in town if we criminalize gun ownership. His first petition would drastically limit where we can legally protect ourselves and families. It seems that Alex is inflexible about home defense. He writes: “Gun owners may make the individual choice to possess guns in the event they want to use them to defend their homes. But as taxpayers who own and maintain town buildings and town property, it is our collective choice on how to secure these places.” Your Second Amendment Right to personal protection does not end at your front door.
Article 30. It is redundant, expensive and unnecessary to register guns with the Longmeadow Police. Our guns are already registered with the State and the records are available to Longmeadow Police. He demeans the Longmeadow Police implying they don’t know how to perform their duties in his statement: “Moreover they will know what kind of arsenal they are facing when they respond to emergency calls.” That is so insulting that it does not deserve a reply.
Article 31. He wants to confiscate legally owned rifles (so called assault weapons) owned prior to 1994. This is his dog whistle proposal. He demonstrates a complete and utter ignorance of firearms and firearm safety. These semi-auto rifles look different but they work the same. We had no problem in Longmeadow before 1994. No problem in Longmeadow today.
Why would he take this action? He has written articles and given interviews. He uses examples like the Sandy Hook, and he names victims to advance his position playing to paranoia and misinformation.
He states in his Opinion article Longmeadow News April 7, 2016; “Rather than coming together to reduce gun violence, there has been a surge in applications for gun licenses in the United States, Massachusetts, and in Longmeadow. In fact the number of Licenses to Carry (LTCs) have increased 25% in Longmeadow since Sandy Hook.” He failed to mention that gun licenses increased 22% in Sandy Hook the first year after the shooting. Comparing law abiding citizens to gun violence is like, equating licensed drivers to car thieves.
As a federal prosecutor working for the Department of Justice he should know the FBI statistics in the country, state and town. If he did, he would see that gun violence has gone down between 8% – 13% per year over the 39 months.
In a self-serving comment he stated “When we truly care about keeping a public place safe, guns are in the hands of trained police and military officers and nobody else.” He demonstrated ignorance of our laws, our military and our citizens. He inadvertently disqualified all enlisted service (Military) men and women. These folks comprise 90% of our Armed Forces. I am a military officer, but my experience and training did not evaporate when I retired. Thank you for your service – now turn in your guns.
Sadly uninformed people like Alex make bad decisions and attempt to impose them on everyone. It is apparent ego is driving those decisions. Don’t let him hold our town hostage.
Alex likes to quote Teddy Roosevelt. Here is a quote “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” Theodore Roosevelt
Why do your neighbors own and carry firearms? Watch the video listed below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRLNiqOQ14w