The Naperville city council “listened” to more than 100 speakers express their opinions regarding gun control, specifically assault rifles during the last city council meeting August 16th. After more than four hours of passionate testimony on the topic, the Naperville city council voted 8 – 1 to prohibit the purchase assault weapons within city limits, the one vote not supporting the ban was councilman Paul Hinterlong.
My guess is if the council voted before “listening” to any of the speakers, the vote would have been 8 – 1, so what’s the purpose of ‘wasting’ time ‘listening’ to people talk and pontificate, if the council already knows how they are going to vote. The answer is simple, council members want to appear they are doing something, and in this case, the ‘doing something’ was to prohibit sales of assault weapons beginning January 1st, 2023. Never-mind the near-do-wels using the weapons, just focus on the guns. It’s easier and quicker to do that, than determining the root causes.
That’s how government operates, either throw money at the problem, or choose the easy option/solution and then everybody can get back to life as usual.
So who wins on this deal? Well, lawyers win with billable hours, city attorney Michael DiSanto wins with job security (he’s going to be a busy guy). Politicians win because they can say they are doing something. Gun sellers outside of Naperville city limits win with an influx of business. Revolving-door sales people win with the increase of lawyers coming and going thru the Municipal Center, doors will need to be repaired or purchased.
What would George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay say? They just might say, don’t bet against the Constitution.