I sent the following letter to our local (
“Thank You” to all the brave individuals in
and around the state who fought to protect a human right (the right to self defense in public spaces). As for Mayor Chaney and the others; you have some growing to do. You could not be more wrong about self defense, concealed carry, or about the good and responsible citizens of the State of Moscow . Idaho
I submit that any holder of public office should be glad for our rights, comfortable with them, unafraid, and should always strive to protect those rights, confident in the knowledge that it is the proper thing to do. Further, that anyone who is at all suspicious or fearful of the rights of the individual should stay out of public office.
As for the argument that since the feds place restrictions on carrying in certain places, it should be OK for local governments: It’s not OK for the feds either. Creating a patchwork of varying 2nd Amendment infringements can do nothing other than ensnare innocent Americans and make the criminals laugh at us. Who’s going to consult their “rights infringements map” before moving from point A to point B (step in this square and you’re perfectly OK, but step in this other square and presto, you’re a felon)? You call that law enforcement or public safety? I call it insane. It would be laughable if it weren’t so pathological.
Try as you might to conceal it, Mayor Chaney, your distrust for the people of
is obvious and on display. If you can work past that distrust and begin advocating more, rather than less individual freedom, you may find that you have more friends and more goodwill from Idaho citizens than you can imagine. Idaho
I just read another Daily News article, commending 44 people for their brave deeds during a shooting in Moscow last May, for things like “exceptional bravery at immediate risk of serious bodily injury.” That’s a good thing– people who try to save others at their own personal risk are an inspiration to all of us. One tiny little gripe here: The one regular citizen (non cop, non firefighter, non EMT, etc.) who also exhibited “exceptional bravery at immediate risk of serious bodily injury” received no mention whatsoever, in spite of his having been shot and seriously injured in the process. Blundering oversight or personal disdain on the part of the reporter or editor? Could be either. It certainly shows no respect.