Pretty boring Selectmen’s meeting tonight. That’s a good thing. One item of interest though was a letter proposed by Parks and Rec director Ethan Hipple to our State Senator Jeb Bradley. Ethan drafted the letter and was asking for board endorsement.
The letter encourages Jeb to vote against an impending senate bill that would repeal the state law against discharge of firearms in public places. Ethan reports that the association of parks and rec directors has looked into this and has determined that passage would essentially allow anyone to fire their gun, presumably into the air, at will. At the beach, at little league games, you know – anywhere. Pretty much just like cowboys from a cattle drive when they arrive in a new town and get a little whiskey in them.
Good wholesome fun.
Or like news clips of celebrating militias in the Middle East firing their AK47s in the air. Good harmless fun. We all know how assault rifles have made those places safe. No worries.
The Selectmen, after making sure there was an existing provision for ceremonial discharge (military funerals, ceremonial rally’s etc.), were in agreement. So am I.
But what if they pass it anyway? I think the appropriate thing to do is have a few people show up at every public appearance of Jeb and other approving Senators to fire their guns. Riding a horse would be a nice touch.