Editor: A proclamation declaring June 7 as Gun Violence Awareness Day was passed by the Leesburg Town Council on a 4 to 3 vote May 28. Lending the weight to a less than unanimous vote weaponizes the proclamation process for partisan purposes. A resolution was in order if you use a majority to pass the issue.
Trying to make gun owners violent instead of the criminals who use them is an insidious, backdoor propaganda reach by the Council and Moms Demand Action. The mayor wore a ribbon supporting this action even before the vote, but, in her defense, there was no debate about the issue.
The numbers presented were askew and the gun owners were the losers. Instead of being against all violence they cherry picked legal gun owners in their quest for infringing on Second Amendment rights.
Hopefully, emotions will not be the deciding factor in all the judgements the Leesburg Council makes. Three councilmembers voted against it—Fox, Dunn and Thiel, which gives us hope that sanity well prevail.
Gina Wooden, Sterling