“Westford Selectmen Withdraw Proposal To Ban Assault Weapons”
Wonder if Selectman Jeffries had a dream in which Paul Revere rode by his window with a pitchfork.
A thunderous round of applause and a standing ovation greeted the news Wednesday night that a proposed town bylaw to restrict some assault weapons was going to be officially withdrawn.
The overwhelming majority of the close to 400 people who packed a special meeting of the Westford Board of Selectmen opposed the idea.
The man who originally proposed it told the crowd the debate had not gone as he had hoped.
Vice Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Robert Jeffries said, “This was meant to be a discussion within the town of Westford, a community discussion that’s gotten way, way beyond that. We’re not really getting the discussion we want.”
After the meeting, Jeffries added that he had hoped he and his town would not be alone in an effort to restrict assault weapons and high-capacity firearms from the town.
“I thought there would be a [negative] reaction,” Jeffries said. “But I also thought maybe some other towns in Massachusetts might have also tried something similar and none of them did. So it left us isolated as the only ones.”
— Or, in other words, he was hoping to have a mob-like preference cascade to fall back on when the minority pointed out the rank unconstitutionality of the proposals. It is this he laments, not the decision to introduce unconstitutional measures in the first place.
It isn’t enough to humble this guy or any other selectman who signed on to such a thing. It’s time to get rid of them. Or they’ll just bide their time and wait for the next opportunity to institute restrictions on your personal liberties.
Because: it’s who they are. It’s what they do.
I said it last week: any elected official moving for a ban on any kind of legal activity or product enjoyed by even a minority of citizens should be run out of office on principle, preferably adorned with a fresh coat of tar and some third-hand pigeon plumage.