Pro-Gun Town FIRES Anti-Gun Mayor!

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Know your constituency. It’s the first rule of local politics.

The second: What happens in New York City usually can only happen in New York City, and is best kept there.
Policies that fit “The Big Apple” don’t fit a town that is, say, known statewide for its Apple Festival. Just ask Democrat Pete Lagiovane, the mayor of this Franklin County town who won’t return to office in January. He lost his bid for re-election — to a seat he won unopposed the last time — in part because he signed up Chambersburg as one of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun cities.

His Republican opponent, Darren Brown, said he knows one thing he’ll do immediately after being sworn in as mayor: “The very, very first thing I’d like to do is get Chambersburg off the ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ list.”

Just past the town circle, where the Molly Pitcher Highway briefly intersects with the Lincoln Highway, a handful of men climbed out of a shiny black SUV with a rifle rack and walked into the Historic Texas Lunch diner on a frosty Saturday morning. All wore some sort of hunter-orange apparel.

They were just a handful of the nearly 950,000 people (according to Pennsylvania Game Commission statistics) who will hunt in the state in coming weeks. Theirs is a prized tradition that shares nothing with the stereotyped truck-driving, beer-drinking fool chasing critters for the heck of it.

People who don’t hunt don’t understand the appeal. They don’t get why anyone would sit for hours in the woods or in a bog to hunt deer, bear, elk, turkey or duck; they don’t know how, for hunters, this is a time to spend outdoors with friends and family, continuing a tradition passed down by parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

Almost all hunters go out because providing meat for their families is rewarding and satisfying.

When you don’t understand people or don’t identify with them, you tend to mock them — which leaves the people who enjoy the hunting tradition with family and friends feeling more alienated by, more disconnected from, an increasingly urban society that is hostile to their values and their way of life.

Many of these people feel attacked on all sides for many activities that they consider normal, such as hunting, going to church, flying a flag on holidays or every day, and wishing store clerks a “Merry Christmas!”

So when Mayor Bloomberg brings his circus to town to build his own fame and to spread money around, or when Washington decides it wants to start regulating gun ownership with more background checks, these people react in the only respectful way they know: They vote out of office those who are infringing on their way of life.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., an avid hunter who once shot a hole through a copy of the “cap and trade” bill for a TV political advertisement, understands why people reacted so overwhelmingly against legislation he cosponsored with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., that would have expanded background checks before gun sales.

“Look, people outside of Washington look at all of the spying with the NSA and problems with the IRS they see coming out of D.C., and they just don’t trust the government,” he said. “I understand that, they just don’t want any more interference.”

In 1999 the National Rifle Association put its stamp of approval on universal background checks following the Columbine High School slaughter. Today the NRA, along with conservative Democrats and Republicans, opposes such checks as placing unforeseen burdens on gun owners and endangering Second Amendment rights.

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  • Old Ga Dawg


  • Lyvnxxl

    Fire all politicians who violate the Constitution.

  • Steve Wilson


  • Paladin67

    I love it when a plan comes together….

  • Art Hock

    Sounds like a good town to live in. Certainly not in Illinois.

  • CQQL33

    Yes, it seems like a very simple path……never vote for anyone that has violated the Constitution of the United States. Especially pay attention to those currently in office, don’t listen to what they say but watch what they do, then you will know whom to vote in favor of….. God Bless America.

  • 2War Abn Vet

    This “background check”, like everything else government is mandates, will have unintended consequences. (Although, in this case we can be certain the consequences
    actually are intended) I have been shooting since the age of twelve, but just suppose I wanted to give a .22 rifle to my fourteen year-old grandson. The government would require a background check; paperwork, registration, and you can bet it wouldn’t come without cost.

    Actually, none of this would happen. The Government would tell me that no individual under eighteen (perhaps 21) could legally possess a firearm. A similar situation would transpire if I wanted to give a pistol to a nineteen year-old granddaughter to protect herself in her first apartment. Forget the bureaucracy; I would be forbidden to do so There would be an age twenty-one limitation.

    While this would concern me, it would not matter to the average criminal or gang-banger who would simply ignore this nonsense.