There’s clearly something very, very wrong in Fresno. Quick…someone call the EPA. At a minimum, they need to check the San Joaquin Valley town’s water supply. It appears that a highly uncharacteristic outbreak of common sense (not the gun grabber variety, the real kind) and respect for the constitutional rights of individuals has taken place out there. Both in the city council and the police department. Are they aware they’re in California?
We take you now to a report on the mass hysteria by abclocal.go.com for details:
The city of Fresno will consider an ordinance designed to make it easier for some residents to legally carry concealed hand guns.
Fresno City Council President Lee Brand introduced the “Citizen’s Concealed Weapons Act” that will go before the council next week.
Brand said, “They have a right to defend themselves if the police, they can’t be everywhere at the same time.”
Brand is proposing an amendment to the concealed weapons city code passed in 1995. The biggest change would allow the average citizen who is not a business owner or involved in a dangerous profession to qualify for a concealed weapons permit.
Anybody can get a gun, whether you get it legally or use it illegally, criminals have guns, that’s not the problem,” said Brand. “We’re giving law abiding citizens, responsible people the opportunity to level the playing field.”
And this doesn’t appear to be just one isolated idealist’s quixotic proposal destined for failure. Brand also has the full support of the Chief of Police.
Chief Jerry Dyer said, “This will give those law abiding citizens an opportunity to come forward and be provided with a concealed weapons permit should they meet the background check.”
Excluding the possibility that these are actually pod people carrying out nefarious orders transmitted to them from NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Brand and Dyer probably aren’t going to be the most popular attendees at the next California Public Officials Association golf outing.
The city council still has to vote on the measure and that won’t happen until next week. In the mean time, hopeful Fresnans (Fresnans?) will be sitting on the edges of their seats, waiting to see if their town really does decide that the second amendment is a valid part of the constitution, too.