It was discovered a week ago that the Londonderry Township Board of Supervisors (primarily Dick Brown) had planned to vote on a proposed ordinance prohibiting all shooting in the township. The only exception would be hunting. This was to include BB guns, bows and arrows, sling shots etc. Craziness!!
This ordinance was not known to anyone except the Board of Supervisors and was discovered purely by accident. Thankfully, the word started to spread throughout the township and then across the southern Chester County area.
The end result was a standing room only, out the door, fully engaged group of Chesco citizens who have had enough. "Gov't Got You Worried? " You Bet!!
It quickly became clear that Mr. Brown had every intention of pushing this agenda, despite the fact that every single person who spoke was in complete opposition to the ordinance. There were repeated requests from the audience to defeat the ordinance. With only two supervisors in attendance, the other supervisor (Gene Wier) eventually stepped in and persuaded Mr. Brown that this issue would not go away, and that it was dead in the water. The vote came, the ordinance was defeated and the crowd clapped and cheered.
BUT, this is a warning to all citizens that we MUST be more vigilant in watching all of our local government activities, including open space moves, ordinances, and procedures for getting these passed without the public's knowledge. Let it be said that the archaic guidelines for public notification were followed, with the end result being that no one knew anything about this ordinance.
It has been demonstrated several times by CAF members and their fellow citizens that we can and do win when our freedoms are at stake and we get engaged and push back as needed. Remember Franklin Township and the Open Space Referendum? How about the folks in West Brandywine Township and the ridiculous regulations they tried to adopt for the sale of a home?
The Londonderry ordinance was seen by many as a shooting issue. I certainly agree with that, but my concern was that this was one more attempt to separate us from our right to private property without government intervention. When we lose these rights, we have nothing to fall back on except our Constitution and our fellow patriots.
This is a VERY heart-felt thank you to everyone who attended the meeting; the shooting club members, the people from other townships across our area, the many CAF members, the Republican committee people, and of course the people from Londonderry Township who came and spoke up.
One thing was very clear at the end of this meeting and was repeated over and over again - this issue is not dead in the mind of this board. It's circumstances like this that reinforce the fact that we all have to be much more involved in our local politics. We need to be sure that these elected officials have a strong awareness that the people are awake, watching and willing to fight for our rights. A strong oversight of local governmental activities is imperative.
Larry Denver, CAF Member and Londonderry Township resident