Hoplophobes Voted Down in Mishawaka
The mayor and city attorney were the only two people in a large crowd to speak out in favor of the ban at a packed city council meeting tonight. They became concerned and proposed the ban after a man exercising his right to open carry entered the city hall with a holstered gun and a billy club. No overt threats were made, but the mayor and city attorney still felt threatened enough to propose the ban. "What we're trying to do is prevent people who walk in with no agenda, but while he's inside with a gun, gets irate and may do something drastic," claimed Hamel.
Among the large crowd in attendance was State Representative Jackie Walorski, one concealed carry permit holder among many. Walorski says she always carried her concealed gun, even at the state house, but a computer printed sign taped to the door of the Mishawaka City Hall compelled the state representative to be unarmed in order to attend the meeting. "We have a Castle Doctrine that says wherever your castle is; house, car; and you have a threat on your personal space, you have the opportunity in this state to defend yourself," said Walorski.
Walorski and the rest of the crowd told the City Council that taking away law abiding citizens' right to bear arms will do nothing but put everyone in danger. They pointed out if a person wants to commit murder, they will. Prohibitions will not stop the acts of criminals. An illustration of that cold reality was the killing of five people at a city hall meeting in Kirkwood Missouri, including police officers and city officials.
The vote against the weapons prohibition for law abiding citizens in Mishawaka Indiana was close. Five to Four. There was possibly one swing vote, although nobody can know for certain. What is certain is gun owners and concealed carry permit holders packed the council meeting and presented their case in a rational manner against appeals to emotion by the mayor and city attorney. They won. They won because they were there, because they showed up, and because they spoke out. Threats to concealed weapons holders come in all forms, both criminal and legal. We must know how to effectively combat both.