On Tuesday, December 3rd and again on December 17th, the Castle Rock Town Council will hear arguments regarding their current ordinance which prohibits the open carry of firearms in town buildings and parks. See Part 1 in this series for more information. Both meetings will be held at 100 Wilcox St, Castle Rock, 80104 at 6pm in the council chambers and are open for public discussion. Please come out and speak! Each person gets 4 minutes and as long as you keep it respectful, your words will go a long way! We need your help!
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Well, since no good deed goes unpunished, the text of the proposed ordinance is WORSE than what we have now. See this post for more information on the text of the proposed ordinance.
One town councilman, Councilman Clueless Hairball, wants to expand this to include ALL property owned or leased by the Town of Castle Rock – and he’s quick to point out that every sidewalk, all roads, town parking lots, open space… everything – is all town-owned property. Ignoring the cost of posting every square inch of Town property as a gun-free zone, and ignoring the fact that gun-free zones don’t work at all, this plan is for real. We need your help fighting this! Here’s how you can contact your town councilperson:
Mayor Paul Donahue – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Heath – email@example.com
Jennifer Green – firstname.lastname@example.org
Chip Wilson – email@example.com
Renee Valentine – firstname.lastname@example.org
Clark Hammelman – email@example.com
Mayor Pro Tem Joe Procopio – firstname.lastname@example.org
Let them know how you feel!! No longer can we just sit on the sidelines and let politics happen. A wise man once said “just because you don’t take an interest in politics doesn’t mean that politics won’t take an interest in you.” Very true. And that brings me to this:
There’s SO much to see there, and so many take-aways for me… but if we don’t stand up for the Constitution, who will?
Let me remind you of one little sentence: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Open carry prohibition laws, and gun control laws in general, don’t work. We know that bad guys don’t open carry. We know that if you go into the town water department to argue your water bill and you start waiving a gun around, you’ve already broken several laws (look up the definition of menacing sometime, Councilman Hairball). One more law doesn’t make us any safer.
But let me transition the conversation slightly. Our nation is founded on diversity: diversity of religion, diversity of skin color, diversity of political ideas, diversity of choices. It’s that diversity that makes us who we are!
So just because you think someone else’s ideas are crazy… scratch that – especially when you think someone else’s ideas are crazy is when you should be defending their right to live their own lives however they want to live them. When someone looks differently than you do or when someone even acts differently than you do is when our true character has the opportunity to shine.
Look, it’s no secret that I’m not a fan of open carry – for me. My Dad asked me the other day how I can be against open carry and still fight so hard against this ordinance which clearly does not affect me. My answer: there’s a huge (and Constitutional) difference between me making a decision about what’s best for my life and the government making that decision for me. Who am I to tell every single person that they can’t decide what’s best in their lives?
So go with me on a short 5-minute journey through a song you’ve probably heard 5 zillion times and never really listened to. Listen to it again. Our country is founded on Little Pink Houses!
Oh but ain’t that America for you and me
Ain’t that America somethin’ to see baby
Ain’t that America home of the free
Little pink houses for you and me