ANTI-2A PROVISIONS IN BELLINGHAM: Councilmembers in their own words show why they must be removed. Direct quote: “No constitutional right is absolute”
In 20+ years of political activism, I’ve never seen a bunch of politicians show this much ignorance about our God-given rights. These anti-2A provisions clearly violate the US Constitution and our state Constitution.
It is beyond scary. The quotes below are taken directly from emails sent to Pro-2A Patriots from Bellingham city councilmembers. In their own words:
Direct quote: “My guess is these are constitutional. No Constitutional right is absolute. We all have the right to free speech … “Same with firearms. The right is not absolute. These are extreme circumstances that do not violate the general principle of the right, but balance it against other people’s rights.”
Like I said, this is beyond scary.
Direct quote: “To protect public welfare and lives, maybe it would make some sense to prohibit the sale of firearms and the carrying of firearms in public. Even in that extreme case, people would still be allowed to own and possess firearms in their homes, so I assume it still complies with the 2nd amendment. Under these extreme circumstances, putting a halt on gun sales may be constitutional.”
This one makes my head explode:
Direct quote: “If the Mayor sought to propose such emergency order, there would be additional public process requiring confirmation by the Council by a vote of at least five (5) council members.”
TRANSLATION: Don’t worry about your constitutional rights, it will require a 5/7 vote of the city council to take them away.
Direct quote: “Hopefully, this is all ‘academic.’ People are getting along well, being neighborly and helpful.”
As former supreme court justice Richard Sanders said: “Our constitutional rights are most necessary in times of crises, not tranquility.”
Direct quote: “Not to be shifting blame, but the Bellingham city council did not see this ordinance before it was published. The ordinance was written at the direction of the mayor, and the writing of the ordinance is the word of city staff members, not politicians. My experience is that staff members are not as attuned to ideological issues such as guns.
TRANSLATION: Don’t blame us, it’s the mayor, it’s the staff, it’s not us.
But it is the council that is voting on them.
They are receiving hundreds of emails from regular citizens asking them to take them out. Tonight they will hear from me and others telling the council to remove them.
All it takes is one councilmember to make a motion to amend the emergency ordinance, another councilmember to second it, discuss it, then they vote on the amended change.
There’s no reason to deny citizens’ simple request to remove subsections 5,7,9 (here they are: In the event of disaster … the mayor is empowered to do the following: 5. “An order requiring the discontinuation of the sale, distribution, or giving away of firearms … 7. “An order requiring the closure of business establishments where firearms are sold …” 9. “An order prohibiting the carrying of possession of firearms …”).
The vote is tonight.
I encourage everyone to send another email RIGHT NOW – here’s how:
In the “To” line, copy and paste: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject line: Your ignorance about our God-given rights is beyond scary. There’s absolutely no excuse for you to not fulfill Pro-2A Patriots’ request to remove these anti-2A provisions during tonight’s vote.
In the body of the email, copy and paste this or write something like this — TELL THEM HOW YOU FEEL:
Your ignorance about our God-given rights is beyond scary. One councilmember wrote “maybe it would make some sense to prohibit the sale of firearms … under these extreme circumstances, putting a halt on gun sales may be constitutional.” Another councilmember says our rights will only be taken away after a later council vote. That’s nuts — constitutional rights are guaranteed and not contingent on the whims of a bunch of politicians. The emergency powers in subsections 5, 7, & 9 in the Bellingham Municipal Code clearly violate both our US Constitution and our state Constitution (Article 1, Section 24 is clear: “the right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired.”). After the council listens to public testimony during this open public meeting, all it takes to remove these anti-2A provisions is for one councilmember tonight to make a motion to amend the emergency ordinance, another councilmember to second it, discuss it, then the council will vote on the amended change. There is absolutely no justification for these blatantly unconstitutional provisions and your emergency ordinances should be modified to remove them. Please confirm you received my email message.
PLEASE, EVERYONE, send your emails immediately.
ACTION ALERT: The city council has made it very clear this is an open public meeting where anyone can attend. I will be there (tonight, Mon, March 23, 7:00pm, 210 Lottie St, Bellingham) to speak out against these outrageous provisions because I’m very concerned the mayor and council will ignore us if all we do is send emails. In-person, vocal testimony has always been the most effective way to lobby politicians. Join me if you want to. I hope to see you there.