Mayor Ruthanne Fuller signed a zoning amendment passed by the City Council (23-to-1) that strictly controls and limits gun stores in Newton.
An additional amendment, to be voted on in the near future, will amend the zoning ordinance further to completely ban gun businesses in Newton.
These amendments smack of bigotry and civil rights violations. Why ban gun shops? Are they afraid criminals will shop there? Or it will somehow increase the trafficking of firearms? Does somebody really think that, if a town does not have a gun store, then crime will go down or it will be safer in that town? Of course not, this is all laughable.
To be averse to the opening of a gun store betrays one’s bigoted hysteria. People who supported this amendment are bigots – plain and simple.
Gun shop clientele are some of the most safety conscious and law abiding members of society. The fear mongering spread about gun shops is where the bigotry is revealed. This clientele holds different beliefs than some people yet the only difference is that they are merely trying to exercise a fundamental civil right – and some people do not like it – so they are pushed out of town (with a amendments like this) disallowing gun shops. Bigotry.
It is a fundamental civil right to own, buy, and sell a firearm.