Greenville County Council notes: Proposed 2nd Amendment ordinance draws a crowd

Greenville County Council notes: Proposed 2nd Amendment ordinance draws a crowd

Photo by John Olson It took fewer than two minutes after the opening of the April 20 meeting of Greenville County Council for the debate to begin. And for more than 45 minutes, speaker after speaker arose to support or oppose an ordinance proposed by Councilman Steve Shaw that would prohibit any infringements on the right to keep and bear arms within county limits. Fault lines on gun rights A crowd of more than two dozen county residents, many wearing orange shirts with the words “Guns Saves Lives,” appeared at the meeting to voice their support for the ordinance. The crowd supporting the ordinance often cheered, applauded and occasionally heckled council members and speakers, receiving threats of being removed from council chambers. Jack Logan, founder of the nonprofit “ Put Down the Guns Now Young People ,” was the first to speak in support of the ordinance. “We work hard in the streets daily — most of you know that,” Logan said. “So many shootings, the most recent one in my district, Club Lavish. Those men who drove from Georgia to South Carolina to do harm, if they had known some law abiding citizens had been in there with guns, they never would’ve done it.” A smaller crowd addressed rising gun violence and suicide rates in their opposition to the ordinance, with some calling it a “purely symbolic” gesture that would infringe upon common sense gun safety laws. “Second amendment sanctuaries are based on the idea that common sense […]

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