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May 3, 2013

Politically Incorrect, But Not Crazy

Joe Charlebois

I’d like to set the record straight. In a local town-hall style meeting, organized by Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence and Organizing for Action held at Frederick County’s Urbana Regional Library, opponents of the recently passed gun-control measure where characterized as somehow crazy or nuts. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Last Saturday the forum was joined by two elected officials who were proponents of the legislation. Attending the forum were Democratic Sens. Ronald Young and Brian Frosh. They accepted an invitation from the organizations to join the discussion.

 

According to reports from local news sources, the audience was rowdy and wouldn’t allow for open discussion. The pent-up frustration of those seeking to protect their Second Amendment rights from an overreaching state government was released in the direction of the two state senators. After speaking to the group and entertaining a short question and answer session, the two senators left the forum an hour into the scheduled two-hour forum.

 

Although the forum was scheduled to run from 10 to noon, both senators left early. Senator Frosh, who was interviewed by Frederick News-Post reporter Cara Anthony upon leaving the forum, stated that his reason he was leaving was that he had another meeting in Hagerstown. Contrary to some opinions, they did not leave the forum early due to the protestations of the audience.

 

Proponents of the Second Amendment, and otherwise preserving the Bill of Rights and who are willing to speak out publicly and passionately about their cause, aren’t “nuts.”

 

Those who display frustration and even anger with their representatives when they vehemently disagree with legislation that the legislators support shouldn’t automatically to be dismissed either.

 

It can be understood why frustration was high and the discussion was heated. This was a public forum attended by Maryland residents who are very much concerned by both gun violence and gun control. But forums work best when both sides are represented. They shouldn’t require attendance to be by like-minded individuals; or, for that matter, a group of sycophants.

 

Lately two prominent Baltimore/Washington men have put themselves in the spotlight by decryingthe arena of political correctness. Both Dr. Benjamin Carson and Robert Griffin III are the two that come to mind: Dr. Carson at the National Prayer Breakfast and Robert Griffin III in a twitter post on Tuesday. Mr. Griffin, quarterback of The Washington Redskins, tweeted: “If we speak, we say it the wrong way. If we do not speak we are cowards….” Even if he was speaking of the proposed name change for his National Football League team, his sentiment is far reaching.

 

What is fascinating is that if free speech is disagreeable to those on the left, it will not be tolerated. In many instances those who speak out are castigated and impugned as outright bigots. Some would say that it would be better if those with opposing views kept quiet and accept their fate, otherwise they will become an even greater minority.

 

Nothing could be further from the truth. Conservatives, who are greatly outnumbered, not only in Maryland but in the national press, need to stand up for their beliefs whether that is defending free speech, protecting the Second Amendment or maintaining fiscal responsibility.

 

It may not be politically correct for conservatives to stand up for their beliefs in the climate that we live in currently – especially with those on the left assaulting their character – but this is exactly what they need to do in order to fight back the progressive wave of intolerance.

 

Joe_Charlebois@yahoo.com

 



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