|To the Editor: Wants residents of Bowling Green to vote on assault weapon ban proposal|
|Written by W.E. Feeman Jr., MD|
|Wednesday, 06 March 2013 10:26|
Readers of the Sentinel-Tribune will know that I have written about assault weapon control in this paper and that I have presented at city council a proposal to place on the ballot, so that the people may speak on the issue, a proposal to ban the presence of assault weapons and multi-round magazine clips within the city limits of Bowling Green and any territory under the jurisdiction of the city.
Michael Marsh, the city attorney, voiced the opinion that any such proposal would be fruitless and that there was no sense in trying to do this.
I reached out to Michael DeWine, the Ohio attorney general, to see if he might render an opinion about the legality of any such ordinance. DeWine, however, does not render opinions upon request by the general public, only upon request by one of his statutory officers, so I contacted Randy Gardner, our state senator. He has declined to make any such request.
This means that the city of Bowling Green is held hostage by the very government elected to serve and protect its citizens, that the children and teachers are in danger of massacre by any person who snaps and decides to go out in a blaze of "glory." I don't think that this is a tolerable situation.
So I wonder if the citizens of this fair city would consider a campaign to put just such an issue on the next ballot. This would take a lot of work, but I think that it would be worthwhile. What say the citizens of Bowling Green?
W.E. Feeman Jr., MD
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