Poughkeepsie, New York – 6/15/15
After a confrontation between an anti-gun city Councilman and Second Amendment supporters who had turned out to fight new gun restrictions, the Councilman came unglued; he had just two-words 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.”
Gun Grabbing Councilman Joe Rich, didn’t like that at all.
“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.”
Councilman Rich 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 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.
That’s when the Councilman lost his jimmies – he realize that his opposition had shown up armed with facts, and that he had none to present. Like your average 4th grade playground bully, Rich didn’t like being stood up to, so he decided to scream and yell…
“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!”
After his outburst, the council voted to have an immediate 10-minute recess. Even then, the heated back-and-forth exchange continued between Rich and meeting attendees.
Rich later said he “didn’t mean to lose” his temper, but he “felt it was abusive for them to come there in large numbers, wearing their shirts.”
“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,” he added, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.