Updates > Alert for 12/12/2013: Mayor & Police Chief
Falsely List City Council in Letter Against HB 76
Mayor & Police Chief Falsely
List City Council in Letter Against HB 76
12/12/13): According to Syracuse City councilman Craig
Johnson, Syracuse mayor Jamie Nagle and police chief Garret
Atkin, falsely listed the city council in their
now-public letter of opposition to
HB 76 S1 (Carry "Unloaded" Firearms
to Johnson, mayor Nagle and chief Atkin failed to even notify the city council of
their actions and opposed the council's intent to uphold the
right to keep and bear arms. Quoting Johnson:
"There was no discussion or
approval concerning this from the council. This letter that
was sent [to governor Herbert by Nagle and Atkin] did not get council direction or approval.
In fact Councilmember Lisonbee and I voted against the
position of the ULCT [Utah League of Cities and Towns —
see Footnote 1 below] with HB-76 in a ULCT meeting. We did pass
a resolution related to the 2nd Amendment and in fact one
section states: 'BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the City of
Syracuse supports legislation that protects and upholds the
right to keep and bear arms, that does not ban assault weapons
and high-capacity magazines, enforces existing gun laws, and
continues to protect both open and concealed carry of arms;'
This in of itself shows the support for HB-76, which was the
intent. The letter sent to the Governor using the
city's letter head and implying the council support is a
blatant misrepresentation of the Syracuse City Council.
I personally supported HB-76 along with all the other Utah
State legislators that passed this in the first place and was
against the veto of HB-76.
as stated above, the Syracuse Council adopted and passed a
resolution for support of the 2nd
Amendment and the Utahs Sheriff Association [see Footnote
2 below], which I was proud
to spearhead this discussion and resolution." [bold added]
Johnson confirms that the Utah League of Cities and Towns
(ULCT), which operates
as an United Nations-like assembly for Utah municipal
an aggressive enemy of private self defense,
also took a position against HB 76, and was prominently
mentioned — along with the Utah police chiefs — in
most of the
HB 76 opposition letters to Herbert.
Footnote 2: In January 2013, the Utah Sheriff's Association (SA)
wrote a tough-talking letter to the Obama regime in opposition
to gun control. UT Gun Rights has since exposed that the SA
voted to oppose HB 76 in a secret meeting. For more
information on their betrayal,
To read the Nagle's and Atkin's
letter to Herbert,
click here. To read the
entire email correspondence between Johnson and UT Gun Rights,
click here. To read the Syracuse City council's
The letter to Herbert in opposition
to HB 76 on Syracuse City
letterhead and listing the mayor and council appears to be
unauthorized and inappropriate, given that the council was not
even uninformed of its existence. The council
resolution, which was likewise transmitted to governor
Herbert, demonstrates, in Johnson's view, clear support for HB
76 (or at least the spirit of such legislation).
exposed in our
June 25 alert, "Legislators Hid
Behind Herbert's Veto of HB 76,"
many officials prefer to operate through secret "back
channels" with brazen deceitfulness that exemplifies Utah's
non-exceptional culture of political corruption. This
spider web-like network of corporations, lobbyists, and
officials infests every level of government, and
overwhelmingly pursues gun control. Those who take their
marching orders from this apparatus, such as these police
chiefs and mayors, rely upon secrecy, layers of bureaucracies,
and the ignorance and apathy of citizens to conduct their
Numerous police chiefs and mayors
wrote governor Herbert asking him to veto HB 76. How
many of them also misrepresented or distorted the positions of
their city councils on HB 76?
Here are some ideas for you to
consider in holding your government accountable and in
reducing the influence of Utahís spider web-like network of
to see if officials from your city wrote Herbert asking him to
veto HB 76. If they did, invite your city officials to
explain why this support of gun control was tolerated, or, if
they were unaware, why this was withheld from them.
If you donít communicate
your desires, those who oppose your rights will conduct
business as usual.
city police chief,
and police officers to reconsider their offensive behavior.
Rather than pretend to cherish your right to defend yourself,
their political actions should be consistent with their lofty
proclamations and promises.
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