Friday, February 8, 2013

The Battle of Oak Harbor: Patriots Won, Tyrants Lost

The city of Oak Harbor, Washington was recently the scene of a bloodless battle against tyranny, a battle which raged for 3 weeks.  Didn't hear much about it, did ya?   Well, put yer feet up, and listen.

(February 6, 2013) Crowd packs heat; Oak Harbor backs down
It's been three weeks since an Oak Harbor city council member started a national controversy by trying to kick out a wounded Army veteran who was legally carrying a weapon during a council meeting.  Council member Rick Almberg then walked out.
You need to watch this short, 9-minute video first, so you understand what happened on January 15th.  Watch the WHOLE THING, including the Mayor's impromptu civics lesson at the end.

 Ol' Backwoods and his cat'll wait the nine minutes 'til ya git done.

Glad yer back.  Did you see what just happened?  That city council man made a motion to have a lawfully-carrying citizen DISARMED before the chamber, even though the city attorney said the man was lawfully carrying.  Then, the coward left when his motion did not pass.

This is how tyranny begins: one motion from one city council.

Fortunately, that is also how tyranny ends.  Behold what happened at the next council meeting:
The council was met by 160 people Tuesday night, many who were packing heat.
There were handguns in holsters and rifles slung over shoulders and an unknown number of people concealing their weapons as the Oak Harbor City Council met. Many attended the meeting to show support for veteran Lucas Yonkman who Councilmember Almberg tried to have kicked out of City Hall last month, including Joe Hawkins who openly mocked him. "Mr. Almberg I just want you to know that I have a concealed ham sandwich right here I don't want you to get up and walk away," he chuckled. 

Most attended the meeting to oppose the city's ban on guns in parks and the marina. The Second Amendment Foundation had threatened to sue if the ordinance wasn't overturned. 
Sandy Peterson spoke out against the ordinance. "If the city council members are intimidated by people exercising their Second Amendment rights to bear arms, perhaps they need to examine what it is about that that makes them uncomfortable," she said. 
William Frail had an M-1 rifle on his shoulder as he testified. "Sir, my mother was Jew," he said. "My family went to the chambers. I will not go into the night quietly while these two ask me to board the train." 
Wow.  "Never again," indeed. 
But not everyone spoke in favor of overturning the ban. Shane Hoffmire doesn't believe having guns in parks is a good idea. "While I support the Second Amendment and citizen rights to bear arms, I strongly believe guns do not belong in public spaces," he said. 
Mr. Hoffmire is also reputed to have said, 

"While I support the First Amendment and citizen rights to petition government for the redress of grievances, I strongly believe right-wingers and gun owners do not belong in public spaces," he said.  

Or maybe it was:

"While I support the First Amendment and citizen rights to exercise freedom of religion, I strongly believe worshipers do not belong in public spaces," he said.  

Or, was it:

"While I support the Sixth Amendment and citizen rights to a trial, I strongly believe trials do not belong in public spaces," he said.  

Nah, I think it was:

"While I support the Tenth Amendment and citizen rights to reserve powers not delegated to the federal government, I strongly believe those rights do not belong in the hands of the public," he said.

Or maybe:

"While I support the Fourth Amendment and citizen rights to freedom from search and seizure without probable cause, I strongly believe this does not apply in public spaces," he said.

Or possibly:

"While I support the 19th Amendment and women's right to vote, I strongly believe this does not apply in public spaces," he said.

"While I support the 13th Amendment's abolition of slavery, I strongly believe this does not apply in public spaces," he said.

Nah, I'm just foolin' with ya.  He didn't say any of those things.  But what he did say was just as foolish.
Lucas Yonkman, the man at the center of this gun debate in Oak Harbor, also addressed the council. 
"I come to you tonight with a heavy heart," Yonkman said. "I see a beautiful country divided and conflicted. I see a constitution being eroded, and the rights so many have fought and died for totally lost. I see men and woman who are elected leaders pushing personal agendas." 
Yonkman believes the answer to mass shootings and community violence will be found in treating those with mental illness, instead of taking guns away.
The city council eventually voted to overturn the ban, which the interim city attorney had told the members was unconstitutional. The council did not call for the resignation of fellow member Almberg, which a few people had called for.
We live in very interesting times, friends.  Save this kind of stuff, and print it off, and tell your grandkids about it.

(Hat tip to Matt Bracken's friends on Facebook for the awesome restatements of Mr. Hoffmire's idiocy.)


  1. I have an issue with Mr. Yonkman's comments when he answered that he is carrying. He hopes people feel comfortable with that because of his service record. That would lead me to ask if he would not expect them to be comfortable if I, who has not been in the service and has not had as extensive of training as I would like, were there in his place.

    However, I must say...I like their mayor.

  2. This exact thing happened in Albion, Pa. Our counsel proposed to outlaw guns on all borough property. We assembled, all armed, at the counsel meeting, and had a about 150 people there, and told them that wasn't going to happen. They reversed their decision, but not before they had the signs put up. This also incurred a lawsuit that is still pending. I wonder how many times this has happened all over the country and was never reported by the press? Paul III

  3. Thanks for the story, Paul.

    Yes, I wonder how many times this occurs? I bet since Sandy Hook, a lot more than it used to. I think these gun-grabbers have awoken the sleeping giant, and we are beginning to eradicate tyranny from the bottom up.