According to an emailed press release from city hall today, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has announced her support for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s introduction of the updated Assault Weapons Bill in Congress. She urges Evanstonians to tweet their support of the bill: " “I Stand with @usmayors and @SenFeinstein. Support the Ban on Assault Weapons Bill NOW! #MayorsStandWithFeinstein.”
As we watch the continuing erosion of our "inalienable" rights, I think it important to stand firm on the fragments of rights we still have. Right or wrong on the Feinstein bill, I think we still have the right for people to express a differing view. And so, in defense of the First Amendment, I am posting a link to a petition hosted by the White House opposing the assault weapon bill. As of this posting, there are over 34,000 signatures on the petition.
The petition states:
The Constitution was written to restrain the government. No amendment is more important for this purpose than the 2nd amendment. The 2nd amendment was written so the power could be kept with the citizenry in the face of a tyrannical government. It was well understood the Constitution acknowledged certain rights that could not be limited by government.
Senator Dianne Feinstein has made it clear she does not believe in the Constitution or the inalienable rights of Americans to keep and bear arms. She is actively working to destroy the 2nd amendment with her 2013 assault weapons ban. For this reason we the people of the united States petition for her to be tried in Federal Court for treason to the Constitution.
I do believe that only by ensuring that citizens are free to exercise their rights - including expressing unpopular views - can we preserve and protect the rights we still have.
Here is the link to the White House petition: