By Doug Book, staff writer
When Ruidoso, New Mexico Mayor Ray Alborn issued an order banning the carrying of firearms in city owned buildings last month, he couldn’t have imagined he would be faced with nearly 100 armed, irate gun owners at the next meeting of the city council.
But 2nd Amendment supporters from all over the nation came to the little town to express their outrage at Mayor Alborn’s ham-handed affront to law abiding American citizens.
And express themselves they did as speakers went one by one to the microphone, “…most of them with their guns holstered by their sides.”
“You are just as much a tyrant for requiring someone to surrender their civil rights to carry a firearm in order to participate in their government as you are in asking them to surrender their right to vote or anything else,” said one of the meeting attendees.
Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt made the trip to Ruidoso to inform Alborn that “almost all of the mass murders in our country have occurred in areas just like you’re fixing to set up, in gun free zones…”
Like so many liberal political hacks, Alborn is convinced that guns belong only is the hands of the police, as officers are exempt from his edict.
Also typical of his breed is Alborn’s whining lament threatening resignation if his wishes are not followed. “My responsibility is the health, safety and welfare of our [city] employees so if we’re not going to be able to do these kinds of things I’m not sure I want to be sitting in this seat,” he said upon being confronted with the actual will of the people he was elected to represent.
Frankly, someone should inform Mayor Alborn that his real “responsibility” is upholding the Constitution of the state of New Mexico and securing the rights guaranteed by that document to the people of his city.
Although the Ruidoso city council chose to table the vote on Mayor Alborn’s gun-banning measure, two things were made clear at the recent meeting: the right to keep and bear arms might have surpassed Social Security as the dangerous third rail of American politics; and when faced with overwhelming odds, a smart police officer will not opt for enforcing an unpopular, unconstitutional rule. For though the “No Guns Allowed” signs were clearly posted on meeting room doors, no one paid them any notice and not one of the attending officers said a single word about it.
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This day in history September 27
1979: Democrat President Jimmy Carter’s Department of Education became the 13th Cabinet agency. It has wasted billions of dollars since and our children are less well educated than ever before.
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