Council Passes Resolution on Federal Assault Weapon Ban

Critics say city is wasting its time by wading into national debate over which it has no control.


Should the Petaluma City Council take a position on gun control?

The city voted 6-1 Monday to sign a resolution supporting the renewal of a federal ban on assault weapons, after being asked to do so by Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Most council members agreed sending a resolution was an important, albeit symbolic step in the nation’s effort to curb gun violence.

But not everyone in the public agreed.

Petaluma residents Don Weisenfluh and Richard Brawn were two of three speakers who spoke against the council’s resolution, saying the group was overstepping its jurisdiction.

They also argued that the Second Amendment should not be amended to restrict assault weapons nationwide.

The only dissenting councilmember was Mike Harris who called the resolution a “slippery slope.”

“What is next, are we going to start discussing the atrocities in Darfur or take a position on freeing Leonard Peltier or drone usage in Petaluma?” Harris said.

What do you think? Is it right for the city to take on issues outside their purview? 

Barry Kruse January 30, 2013 at 04:34 PM
I agree with Mr. Harris that it's silly for the city council to be wasting time on this. However, I think it would be great for us as a city to take a stand against drone usage in Petaluma. Anything we can do to minimize intrusion by the Feds or Sacramento would be good for Petaluma.
Bill Fishman January 30, 2013 at 07:35 PM
I took a lesson many years ago from American humorist Alexander King. Each night before going to bed in his Manhattan apartment, he repeated a prayer he had learned during a visit to India: "May this house be safe from tigers". Well, it must have worked. Neither his digs, nor any of his neighbors in Greenwich Village, were ever troubled with tigers. It's a little hard to tell if this sort of thing will make Petaluma any safer. Still, look at Sebastopol. They passed an ordinance many years ago making it a "nuclear free zone"; and sure enough: no known nuclear deaths in Sebastopol. These things are more symbolic than practical, I think -- for both sides.
mike kaufman January 30, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Is this city for real ??? The council needs to get a life and work on issues in this town !!!!!
A.A.Nagy January 31, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Making statements and passing resolutions that promote a safe and sane society is always good. If we don't speak up at a local level our silence will only send a message of apathy to Congress.


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