Editor: Lovettsville Mayor Nate Fontaine was disingenuous at best when he claimed, in his Feb. 7 town newsletter, there was “no threat” during the Town Council meeting in which the members discussed issuing a proclamation on in support of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Prior to the Feb. 6 meeting, the local gun dealer had publicly called for an armed gathering, and implicitly threatened the members of the town council if they voted down the proclamation.
In any argument there is a power difference that will influence the outcome, and the risk is not necessarily the same for both parties. Many of us who opposed the proclamation on decided that the risk of speaking at the meeting was too high; that the power imbalance would be holstered on the hip of one side of the “discussion.” Civic discourse can’t happen at the end of a gun, and the lack of violence or bloodshed doesn’t mean the event is peaceful.
Be careful not to use the Second Amendment to suppress the First.
Kris Consaul and Sheryl Frye, Lovesville