The lame duck period of Queen Nancy's reign has officially begun. She couldn't get her misbegotten gun ban proposal through the EXISTING liberal city council.
This quote from the Queen is one for the ages:
I'm just saying that the person loses their temper and they have something readily at hand, they may use it regardless of what it is, if it's a bag of popcorn or a firearm.Only a barking moonbat from San Francisco could equate the spectrum of violence required from a tub of Orville Redenbacher's finest to a Glock 17 as being the same. From today's Moscow-Pullman Daily News:
Moscow resident David Klingenberg said he'd like a City Council resolution encouraging the Idaho Legislature to allow cities to restrict firearms in city-owned spaces to be "permanently shot down."
Still, the longtime opponent of firearms restrictions was pleased the City Council voted Monday to postpone the discussion indefinitely.
Councilman Aaron Ament proposed the postponement, and council members Linda Pall, John Weber and Bill Lambert voted in agreement.
Pall said she voted to postpone the discussion "because I think that if our legislators would like to bring it up, they can certainly bring it up. ... There was no special reason why we needed to do that."
Ament left the meeting early and was unavailable for comment.
Mayor Nancy Chaney said she was disappointed, but accepted the decision as part of the political process.
Chaney initiated the firearms discussion in August when she asked City Attorney Randy Fife to ask the Idaho Attorney General's office whether the city had authority to restrict firearms in public, city-owned places such as City Hall, city parks and the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center.
Deputy Attorney General Stephen A. Bywater sent a reply in September stating the city cannot restrict people from legally carrying firearms. Chaney then wrote to local legislators asking them to consider introducing state-level legislation on the matter. Such legislation could give cities power to restrict firearms, or could add city halls and other areas to an existing list of places where guns are restricted, such as federal buildings and schools.
State Rep. Shirley Ringo agreed to help Chaney, but she cautioned that such legislation would be difficult to pass, even if it was well-supported.
Councilwoman Kit Craine and Councilman Tom Lamar spoke in favor of the resolution.
"I'm sure we can all imagine how far we'll get in the state Legislature with this, but I think this can be discussed in terms of whether it's appropriate to have firearms in certain areas, and we should deal with this now," Craine said.
Chaney said "the discussion is about whether it's time to ask this question."
She said other federal and state government buildings restrict firearms, so it's appropriate to consider city buildings as well.
Lambert suggested changing the resolution to allow people with concealed weapon permits to carry firearms in public buildings.
He said people who have concealed weapons permits have been scrutinized by law enforcement.
Chaney countered that the permit system is "not as fail-safe as you might anticipate."
She said she did not intend to question the responsibility of people with permits, but she believes there are circumstances where firearms are not appropriate.
The presence of a gun could keep someone from thinking as clearly as usual if they became angry, she said.
Weber asked if the mayor was suggesting "that because someone may or may not have a concealed weapons permit that they're less likely to control their temper in an argument."
Chaney said she was not, and that an angry person may use anything at hand - even a tub of buttered popcorn - as a weapon.