The Fresno City Council got some attention last week, over a proposed resolution that would allow city employees to carry a concealed weapon on the job – provided they have the proper licensing.
The idea, presented by Fresno City Councilman Garry Bredefeld was met with some opposition, both from the Fresno Police chief Jerry Dyer and mayor Lee Brand.
In a column posted yesterday, Awr Hawkins calls out the mayor for opposing the resolution (Brand said he would veto the plan if passed) while also being known to carry a concealed weapon from time to time. The piece stops shy of calling Brand a full-on hypocrite, but alludes to the idea no doubt.
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“He opposes Bredefeld’s effort to ensure all city workers with concealed permits enjoy the same sense of self-protection, the same ability to defend their lives and dignity. As George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’ It appears Brand is among those who are ‘more equal,’ ” Hawkins writes.
The story is getting some play on social media. It’s actually the second time Hawkins – a Second Amendment columnist – has made the argument against Brand.
He said pretty much the same thing in a piece posted on Sunday.
Bredefeld’s plan is schedule to be discussed during Thursday’s city council meeting.