Anonymous Editorial Bashes Community Residents for Constitutionally Protected Activity
#YorkPa headed to Stewartstown Borough council to challenge their rule banning firearms during borough meetings.— Manuel Gomez (@NoPovertyPimps) January 21, 2013
The York County Libertarian Party and its community partners have come under attack in response to a presentation made during a recent Stewartstown Borough council meeting. Evan Mentzell, of Stewartstown, and Manuel Gomez, a resident of the City of York, advised the Stewartstown council that its current rules and procedures prohibiting firearms in meetings are a violation of state law.
Our Response: YDR Editorial is Sensationalist and Inflammatory
The York County Libertarian Party both welcomes — and is a proud initiator of — rigorous debates on matters of public policy. We continue to help foster and cultivate an environment where York residents can exchange ideas and expressions free from barriers and repression.
We condemn the York Daily Record/Sunday News (YDR) editorial staff for promoting discord and strife in our community by using inflammatory language to describe York County gun owners. Personal attacks, derision and slander have no place in public discourse; let alone the pages of a newspaper.
The repeated use of phrases such as ‘small band’, Deadwood’, and ‘Wild West’ by the YDR editorial staff is evidence of a zealous attempt to agitate animosity and antagonism towards residents for simply petitioning their government for a redress of grievances.
Gun Owners Depicted As Ticking Time Bomb
According to the anonymous YDR editorial,
“Permitting people to carry firearms in government buildings is irresponsible – a recipe for potential disaster and tragedy.” – Our Take: Exercise Gun Rights Responsibly
We’re saddened that our organization’s name and advocacy has been hijacked and distorted to promote such slanderous expressions. The York County Libertarian Party categorically rejects the assertion that individuals who carry firearms to meetings do so with a latent malicious intent, or ill-will.
We respect each individual’s prerogative and decision. If a citizen wishes to carry a firearm as a passive security measure for his or her own self defense, we fully support their right to do so; and it shouldn’t be grounds for suspicion.
#YorkPa When statements such as ‘meetings get heated, they SHOULD ban guns’ are made, I interpret it as mere projection from the source.— Manuel Gomez (@NoPovertyPimps) January 22, 2013
Take a Stand for Reason, Condemn Extremism
Do your part to ensure that reason and respect prevails in the face of extremism and hate. Tell the York Daily Record/Sunday News you don’t support them using their pages to malign gun owners and whip up hate. Use the links below to contact the YDR staff. Be courteous and polite, despite the fact they don’t extend the same reverence to us.
We must maintain high standards of dialogue even as they attempt to devolve the discussion into petty bickering and contempt. Here are the contacts for Editor James McClure, and Managing Editor Randy Parker.
We thank everyone who has offered messages of support for our cause. We will continue to stand for the second amendment and individual rights in all of our endeavors. We count on your continued support.
Stewartstown Borough council will issue a report and recommend action on the Pa UFA violation at its February 4th meeting. We hope to see you there.
“…we know what motivates the hoplophobe. He simply envies the man who can cope where he, the hoplophobe, cannot. A skilled, armed man lives on a plane of security and contentment different from
that of others. This is not egalitarian! The man who cannot cut it, envies, fears and sometimes hates the man who can. This is all very clear, it is just a pity that so many people choose to hide their perfidious motivation behind what they claim to be crime control.”
- Jeff Cooper