Letter: Kris Consaul and Sheryl Frye, Lovesville

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

10 thoughts on “Letter: Kris Consaul and Sheryl Frye, Lovesville

  • 2020-02-11 at 10:39 am
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    Leftists attempting to lecture supporters of the Constitution …. on Constitutional rights.

    You can’t make this up.

  • 2020-02-11 at 11:57 am
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    Never mind that there were 3 police officers there, and a few off duty and retired ones. Never mind that the people there were from all walks of life, all sexes, and all demographics and education. Not all wore American Flag shirts and tacticool pants. It was an extremely peaceful turnout. Points were made, but the majority was in favor. Similar to Richmond, nothing crazy happened. Isn’t it ironic that 50k people can go to Richmond’s assembly and nothing happen except they cleaned up the streets before they departed? Contrast that with leftist groups in Portland or Berkeley.

  • 2020-02-11 at 1:26 pm
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    What we saw last week was a bunch of bullies who aren’t even brave enough to admit that they are bullies, and a bunch of politicians who in hindsight should have a law where you aren’t allowed to bring a gun to a town council meeting. Nobody wants to take your guns, people. Get over it.

    • 2020-02-14 at 11:55 am
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      Have you read HB961? As filed, it would have banned millions of weapons currently owned by Virginia residents. Now it’s down to only banning millions of magazines currently owned in Virginia. A poor single mother with an abusive ex who owns a cheap handgun that only accepts 15 round magazines would have to get rid of those magazines, making her gun useless. Since the gun would be useless in Virginia, she would have to travel out of state to sell it, which might cost her more than the gun is worth. If she can’t afford to buy a new, smaller capacity handgun, she might be left defenseless when that abusive ex comes to harm her. How exactly does HB961 protect her?

      HB961 could cause a similar situation to what happened to Carol Bowne in NJ… https://www.nj.com/camden/2015/06/nj_gun_association_calls_berlin_womans_death_an_ab.html

      That’s why we oppose these new gun control laws. Gun control kills!

  • 2020-02-11 at 2:49 pm
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    Given that we already have the 2nd Amendment, why is it necessary to waste local government resources on this proclamation? If you are especially excited about one of the Constitutional Amendments, get a bumper sticker.

      • 2020-02-11 at 8:15 pm
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        So you are going to fight a state legislative issue by pushing local governments to pass meaningless proclamations – makes perfect sense.

  • 2020-02-11 at 5:27 pm
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    Gov. Blackface/KKK/Infanticide guy, and his band of left wing hate-thugs want peoples firearms rights destroyed. They make it clear. Mike Bloomberg want’s our guns. Robert “Beto”O’Rourke wants to disarm everyone. Democrats in general, want all people disarmed. They also want to eliminate Dur Process. Just ask them.

    When you strip people of freedoms, it makes them far far easier to control.

  • 2020-02-14 at 11:24 am
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    I was there. I may or may not have been armed, but I guarantee you would not have been harmed, regardless of what you said at the meeting.

    On Jan 20th, I attended the lobby day in Richmond. There were at least several hundred people there dressed in camo and carrying AR-15s. While walking through some pretty dense crowds, I passed a lone woman wearing a “No Guns” pin. Not a single person even said anything rude to her. The armed people there treated her just as respectfully as they treated one another.

    Feel free to attend any future events, most of us will be happy to have a polite conversation with you.

    The second amendment protects the first!

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