A Democrat elected official rattled by Second Amendment supporters turning out to fight new gun restrictions had a two-word answer for the people who elected him:
When the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., city council had a restrictive gun proposal under consideration at its June 15 meeting, members of the Dutchess County chapter of the Shooter Committee On Political Education showed up to exercise their constitutional rights.
And Councilman Joe Rich, a Democrat, didn’t like it one bit.
“I know why you’re doing this, because you don’t want us to have a law…that would cause you a lot of trouble out there,” Rich said to those attending the meeting. “You don’t want them to work … that’s the truth. You’re here to make sure that these laws never get a chance to find out if they are going to work or not.”
Rich also said that members of the pro-gun group were not Poughkeepsie residents.
“Go to your own city — your own town,” he said. “Leave us alone.”
At about that time one audience member had had enough and spoke up.
“There are people here that live in the 2nd Ward…You know I live in the 2nd Ward,” he told Rich, who represents the area.
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That’s the moment he lost it.
“Quiet! You’re not recognized!” Rich shouted. “Shut up! You’re not recognized…I’m tired of having people from the audience interrupt me! I’ve listened to all you people from 5 p.m.! Shut up!”
The Poughkeepsie Journal reported that Rich later apologized for the outburst, but it sounded like more of a half-apology.
“I didn’t mean to lose my temper, but felt it was abusive for them to come there in large numbers, wearing their shirts,” Rich said. “They were accusing us of taking their Second Amendment rights. I got upset, so I stood up — I don’t have to be intimidated by outside organizations like that.”
Apparently Rich is unfamiliar with the term “public servant.”
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