In this country we have a Constitution and amendments. They are fundamental protections, freedoms, and rights. They are the law of the land. Yet a city counsel member thought he had the right to treat a citizen with disdain and disrespect merely for exercising his Constitutionally protected freedom:
that politician’s attitude is dangerous, and it is a greater threat to citizens of this country than the gun this citizen was carrying.
Even more dangerous are the attitudes of those citizens who don’t see a problem with politicians (and citizens) who imagine that we exist to serve the government rather than the other way around, who don’t understand that politicians who don’t respect the Constitution also don’t respect our freedom.
A group of 160 citizens, many if not most of whom were armed, confronted government officials Tuesday who had attempted to have a wounded Army veteran kicked out of a meeting due to the fact that he carried a gun. The veteran has a state license for concealed carry, which means that he was carrying the gun to the meeting within the boundaries of the law.
The story of the incident, which occurred at a city council meeting in Oak Harbor, Wash., made national news three weeks ago.
But Tuesday evening the citizens of Oak Harbor, Wash. showed up to confront its city council and demand that the council rescind a local ordinance prohibiting guns from being carried on public property. The citizens also wished to show their support for Lucas Yonkman, the Army veteran who showed up at the previous meeting armed.
One citizen told the council that if the fact that citizens who are merely exercising their right to keep and bear arms intimidates city officials, then they need to look within to determine why the rights of the people are so intimidating to them.
My husband has a concealed carry permit. Our kids shoot. So do their friends.