As they say, all politics is local. The Constitution may say one thing, but if the local government doesn’t agree, you could be in for a world of hurt. And even then, a single powerful person can derail a project that has otherwise dotted every “I” and crossed every “T” and complied with every local ordinance possible. An aspiring gun range in West Palm Beach, Florida is running into this exact problem, as their project has become the target of the city’s anti-gun (and MAIG member) mayor’s ire . . .
West Palm Beach was excited about some economic development in their town, and had even voted to allow a variance in the local zoning laws to allow the gun range to open up within 1,000 feet of residences. As other indoor gun ranges across the country can attest, the probability of a round leaving the range is so remote as to have never happened. In fact, there’s a gun range in the middle of Philadelphia, PA that I went to not long ago where the range was on the second floor of a building, with touching apartment buildings on either side, and the gun shop directly underneath the range. And they’ve never had any issues. And yet, according to Mayor Jeri Mouio:
“For people to be going to and from that location so near a park and so near a neighborhood filled with children and young people is concerning,” Muoio said. “This applicant has done everything he can do to make this a more palatable development and, of course, we want to see development in our city, but the fact that it’s a gun range is concerning to me.”
The mayor offered no other explanation for her opposition to the gun range, other than the fact that she doesn’t like guns. No stats about gun violence, no claims about safety, just that she doesn’t like guns.
If this were a Christian mayor opposed to a Muslim mosque being constructed in their city, this would be front page news. But because guns are the subject, the mainstream media is largely ignoring the issue. Guns continue to be the favorite punching bag and scapegoat for all of society’s ills, it seems, even when the mayor in question can’t articulate a reason why she believes the gun range would be harmful to a location otherwise starving for economic development.
Perhaps she believes guns to be like a magical talisman, bringing destruction to any area in which they appear? Then again, if that were the case, my closet should be a gateway to the darkest pits of hell by now . . .