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WRTC Position on the Westford Assault Weapons Bylaw

The assault weapons bylaw is nothing more than political grandstanding

The Board of Selectmen have proposed a bylaw that would prohibit Westford residents from owning certain classes of firearms that are legal under state and federal laws. We believe this action is constitutionally and historically reserved for state and federal governments.  This proposal exceeds the authority of the Board of Selectmen and challenges both the United States and State Constitution. Because of this, it subjects the town to serious legal and financial liabilities.

If passed, this bylaw would create a class of individuals (to include residents and visitors who happen to cross out town line) who are law abiding under state and federal law, yet criminals in Westford. If the police were to take action under this bylaw, they could be committing a civil rights violation.

This bylaw is nothing more than political grandstanding, which offers the citizens a false sense of security and our town leaders a false sense of accomplishment. It fails to provide a solution to address the many serious issues relating to the prevention of violence in our society. For these reasons, the Westford Republican Town Committee opposes this bylaw.

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R Gagnon February 18, 2013 at 12:55 PM
"We salute the rank, not the man." True. Yet our country's "American Idol" mentality has lost sight of that and swoons over a president who disprespects and disregards the Constitution he has sworn to uphold.
Mike February 18, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Steven, that was a masterful dodge, albeit one completely divorced from reality. You have a great future in town politics.
Steven Sadowski February 18, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Mike: How is that a "dodge?" Stating something doesn't make it so. The collapse was the cause of 2 main factors: the toxicity of derivatives trading, and the housing bubble. That is the conclusion of every non-biased commission assigned to cover it. Both causes were the result of the government either actively advocating for a result (mortgages), or complicity (ad hoc deregulation and currency manipulation) allowing the result to occur because it was causing a tech bubble in the 90's. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfWLm25Le7w
Gerard February 20, 2013 at 02:41 AM
This discussion would have a lot more credibility and probably encourage more participation if the people that are dominating it could refrain from the name-calling and bullying. State your point, agree to agree or disagree and leave room for a healthy discussion.
Andrew Sylvia February 20, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Thank you, Gerard. Folks, whether you agree or disagree with others here, please try to remain civil.


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