The following editorial was written by a prominent Harrisburg Liberty Alliance member.
This editorial was subsequently handed out to all members of the Pennsylvania State Senate.
Playing With Fire
The 88 Million Dollar Boycott
report by, Joshua
On top of the city’s $340 million dollar incinerator debt, is an additional $50 million dollars in legal fees associated with the restructuring debacle between the City Council and Mayor’s office of the city of Harrisburg.
On the 24th day of January 2013, at a cost of more than $80 million dollars to the Pennsylvania free market economy, (not including the revenue lost by Harrisburg’s agricultural complex and $4.8 million dollars in Commonwealth sales tax revenue) about one third of the contracted vendors to display at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show pulled out. This inevitably caused the indefinite postponement of the show which was to convene on the 2nd of February.
The chain of events leading up to this devastating blow to the taxpayer of the Commonwealth began on the heels of the tragedy in Newtown, CT where Adam Lanza, who was prescribed psychotropic narcotics known to cause unstable thoughts and tendencies, allegedly shoot and killed twenty Sandy HookElementary School children. Much like James Holmes, Colorado movie theater shooter, Lanza chose to use pistols in this heinous attack. However, at the end of the event a semi automatic rifle was allegedly found in the trunk of Lanza’s vehicle.
Three days after the Sandy HookElementary School shooting, a nine hour standoff in the heart of Harrisburg’s Hall Manor district began in the afternoon of December, 17th 2012. The alleged suspect, Abel Roman, was in a stand\off with HarrisburgCity police, FBI, and other authorities after a predetermined extradition by the Harrisburg District Attorneys office directing Harrisburg police to carry out the Philadelphia-based attempted homicide warrant. Meanwhile, members of the Hall Manor community went seemingly about their business during the stand off. One local resident said, “We live in the hood, we don’t worry about shot guns”.
While on the scene, Dauphin County District Attorney Edward M. Marsico Jr. said it’s the most he can recall a suspect firing at officers in the twenty years the crisis response team has been active.
By the end of the stand off, Roman exchanged shotgun fire while police unloaded on his position with a high volume of poorly controlled semi-automatic rifle fire; which only succeeded in forcing Roman to take his own life with a self-inflected shotgun blast to the head.
On the 9th day of January, 2013, at the Harrisburg Hope Forum, Mayor Linda Thompson and other federal loyalists discussed ways to “crack down on illegal guns” and disarm the law abiding citizens of the Commonwealth in hopes of producing a defenseless state.
During the forum, an audience member asked Mayor Thompson how she plans to fight gun violence in Harrisburg; which saw twelve homicides in 2012, up from eight in 2011. Mayor Thompson’s answer paralleled the strategy of increasing the police state.
Moved by the Newtown tragedy and the Hall Manor standoff, Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson attended a press conference in Washington, D.C. on the 16th day of January, 2013. During this press conference, President Barack Obama announced his endorsement of the plan set forth by the “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” coalition which would reduce semi-automatic weapons nationwide. This prompted a simultaneous nationwide push of all Mayors who support gun confiscation to rally for the sweeping gun ban legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Following President Obama’s statements, Mayor Linda Thompson, who is advocating for a ban on military style weapons, issued the following response: “President Obama’s bold and comprehensive plan to end gun violence in this country is comprised of sensible solutions that people on all sides of this debate can agree upon. It’s now up to lawmakers in Congress to pass these measures that will help save lives. The American people won’t accept inaction any longer.”
During the January 16th press conference, President Obama promised to act without Congressional approval to increase the enforcement of existing gun laws and improve the flow of information among federal agencies in order to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who should not possess them. The President’s proposals also required criminal background checks for all gun sales; closing the longstanding loophole that allows gun buyers to avoid such checks by purchasing their weapons from private sellers or at gun shows.
Mayor Linda Thompson said she will call on Pennsylvania’s representatives in Washington, D.C. to “support a tougher ban on military style assault weapons, limit the number of rounds that can be in a magazine to 10, and require criminal background checks for all gun sales. It’s up to lawmakers in Congress now to pass these measures that will help save lives. The American people won’t accept inaction any longer,” she added. “We have worked for six years to help make this day happen.”
Exceptions to the proposed Feinstein gun control ban include the authorization of armed guards of public officials, DHS, FBI, and police or former police to be the only persons left with access to fully automatic weapons. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, fully automatic military style weapons have always been exclusively for military use, and are currently illegal to own without extensive federal background checks and taxes designed to curb ownership shamelessly in the face of Article 1 section 21 and 25 of the Commonwealth’s Constitution.
On the 18th day of January 2013, Reed Exhibitions stated that they would be implementing significant changes to the parameters of the show venue of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show and would now not allow images of military style weapons to be displayed. This change in venue forced an initial first group of vendors to pull out of the show. This demonstration eventually triggered hundreds of subsequent vendors to also boycott the event, even though their choice could sacrifice their deposits and individual profit from the show.
In response to the boycott, Debra Davis, a spokesperson for Concept One Inc, a public relations firm handling local press for the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, made the statement: “Clearly, we strongly support the 2nd amendment. However, this year we’ve made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention that would distract from the strong focus on hunting & fishing at this family event.”
Also stated by Reed Exhibitions, “It has become very clear to us that the event could not be held because the atmosphere of this years show would not be conducive to an event that is designed to provide family enjoyment.”
Partial liability for the loss may lay with Reed Exhibitions for making such statements. For these statements to be justified, one would have to assume that all families across the Commonwealth would agree with Mayor Linda Thompson’s position on gun control, forced on the state by a top down tyrannical federal oligarchy. However, in the constitutional republic of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, changes to the Commonwealth’s constitution are made and will only be valid if amended through the legislative process.
Meanwhile, champion of liberty, Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe on the 23rd day of January announced his legislation HB 357 that would make any new federal gun control laws unenforceable within the Commonwealth. Representative Metcalfe has introduced HB 357 knowing that the standard for citizens in defense of the state needs to be equal to outside oppressors. Without the ability for lawful citizens of the Commonwealth to have legal access to the minimum standard of arms, the Commonwealth would be rendered defenseless. It should be noted, that for any public official within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to consider such an act would be an act of treason.
Representative Metcalfe and a few others within Pennsylvania’s General Assembly remain steadfast to the idea that the Commonwealth will not be subjected to overbearing tyrannical oppressors. These oppressors, whose international banking agenda relies solely on the greater scheme of continuing to print currency, will not rest until the United States of America is recklessly destroyed and abandoned.