Mayor Heartwell Speaks Out on Gun Control

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-

During Tuesday’s regular Grand Rapids city Commission meeting, Mayor George Heartwell took a few minutes to speak off agenda about the recent school massacre in Connecticut and the debate about guns.

Heartwell, a democrat, is urging state and federal leaders to change policy when it comes to gun control.

“Today  I call on Governor Snyder to veto the bill sent to him in lame duck session,  which would among other things would allow guns to be carried into schools, today I  call on President Obama to introduce meaningful gun reform,” said Heartwell during the meeting.

“He (President Obama) can start by reinstating  the ban on assault weapons that was lifted by his predecessor.”

Heartwell, who is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, said no rational human being in light of the  elementary school massacre, where 20 innocent children were killed and six adults, should raise a voice on such a ban.

The debate on gun control has ignited across the country in light of the shooting. Many republicans, including Texas Governor Rick Perry and other lawmakers have sent a strong message to Washington to fight for the right to bear arms.”We have to do everything we can to make sure those types of evils are restricted the best it can be,” said Governor Perry, an outspoken support of gun rights.”One of the things I hope we don’t want to see from our federal government is this knee- jerk reaction from D.C. when there is an event that occurs that they come in with the answer,” said Perry

6 comments

  • Andy

    Well Mayor Heartwell your back to sticking your nose where it doesn't belong. I would like you to read the second amendment. The part where it says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Seems to say it all. It means (just in case you can't understand) that as a free citizen we have the right to bear arms to hunt, protect ourselves, and just in case our government becomes too oppressive we can replace it. I would love a chance to sit down and talk about that and a number of items that your administration has messed up.

  • Lee

    Here he goes again, sticking his nose into things that he knows nothing about. Mayors against ILLEGAL guns coalition, Not Mayors against legal guns. He needs to get back to working for the city, like he was elected to do!!

  • Truth Seeker

    Let me get this straight, in order to be considered a “rational human being” by this Heartwell clown all we have to do is neuter the bill of rights. Maybe he should move to North Korea where only the government has the ability to defend itself. That seems to work well for them. Why do we have armed guards at banks, armored cars, museums, courthouses? Why do politicians in Mexico, Iran, China, travel around with armed guards, guns are illegal there.
    Here is a scenario for you: Armed lunatic bursts into a crowded classroom, the teacher reaches into her desk and pulls out a pistol and shoots him between the eyes. Yes, this would be very traumatic for the teacher and students, something they would never forget.

    I suppose a “rational human being” would expect a teacher to throw her body in front of the lunatic in an attempt to protect the most precious, innocent, defenseless, members of our communities.
    I wonder how many of those teachers at Sandy Hook would have given any amount of money to have access to a loaded assault weapon.

    Long live the republic

  • bird

    So it's ok for the federal govt to put marshals on airplanes for protection but they dont give a hoot about school kids….wonder why…but hay let's ban guns which can't pull there own triggers, which will cause the manufacturers to incure a ton of retooling costs, and won't help with the lawless stupid idiots who misuse them and pull that banned trigger….which by the way could be on the kitchen table for 100's of years and never pull it's own trigger
    Welcome to socialism America

  • bird

    So it's ok for the federal govt to put marshals on airplanes for protection but they dont give a hoot about school kids….wonder why…but hay let's ban guns which can't pull there own triggers, which will cause the manufacturers to incure a ton of retooling costs, and won't help with the lawless stupid idiots who misuse them and pull that banned trigger….which by the way could be on the kitchen table for 100's of years and never pull it's own trigger

  • 2013worldseries

    How does this clown manage to stick around. Please Mayor, the next time you get asked for your opinion, just keep it to yourself.

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