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Two council items: gun rights and election

Written November 2nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Police Chief Marcia Harnden, at bottom center, talks to the council Monday night.

It was a coincidence that didn’t mean anything. But the fact is that both the Second Amendment and the subject of potential election-related violence came up at the tail end of the Albany City Council’s meeting Monday night.

Albany police don’t expect trouble connected with the general election, but if there is any they’ll respond the way they would to any other call. That, essentially, is the gist of what Marcia Harnden, the chief of police, told the council.

The city manager had asked her to address the council in view of the widespread speculation in the media about potential violence in some cities on or after the election Tuesday.

Harnden said her department had no actionable intelligence about any potential violence, and she understood the same was the case in Corvallis.

Albany police will, however, increase security at the official ballot drops in the city. And if  anything happens, the police will respond as they normally do.

Regarding the Second Amendment, guaranteeing the right to bear arms, the council last April postponed action on a resolution affirming the council’s support of this part of the Constitution. In the face of vehement opposition from about 30 email and letter writers, the action was put off until the council once again has an actual meeting where people can show up in person to give their views.

Councilor Mike Sykes had asked for the resolution last February. At Monday’s digital work session, he said it now appears the council won’t meet in person again soon, and he requested that the resolution come up again before the end of the year. Sykes did not seek re-election after one four-year term and will be off the council starting Jan. 1.

Neither the mayor nor other council members reacted to Sykes’ request Monday. So it’s uncertain whether the gun-rights resolution will come before the council for a vote. (hh)

 





7 responses to “Two council items: gun rights and election”

  1. Thomas says:

    “Regarding the Second Amendment, guaranteeing the right to bear arms, the council last April postponed action on a resolution affirming the council’s support of this part of the Constitution.” And???? They have no say other than their opinion. They shouldn’t have hesitated for a second. Either way, I could care less whether they support it or not…..it exists within the constitution

    • Ray Kopczynski says:

      It is also redundant inasmuch as it is required with the “Oath of Office” in our City Charter:

      Section 32 Oath of Office.
      Before entering upon the duties of the office, each officer shall take an oath or shall affirm support of the constitutions and laws of the United States and of Oregon and shall commit to faithfully perform the duties of the office. (Ord. 5741, 6-23-2010)

  2. Andrea says:

    2nd Amendment Strong! Support our constitution and All of it’s Amendments!

  3. Phil says:

    The 2nd Amendment became an individual’s property right in 2008. The council has older, more essential human rights that they ought to show support before they should blow the nationalist dog-whistle of #2A. Not all of Albany is in deep red Linn county, after all.

    • Thomas says:

      What is more essential than the fundamentals which make up society’s rights as a nation? Without them our free society does not exist and therefore the context of “essential” and its definition is arbitrary. Phil, you truly show what side of the left you’re on…..the far left.

  4. sonamata says:

    Pointless conservative virtue signaling.

 

 
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