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KIM & ANDY MYERS, San Clemente

This asinine labeling of San Clemente as a Second Amendment Freedom City is going to be a malignant cancer on this beautiful mellow beach town. We surf. We’re not gun-obsessed. This is an over-the-top, aggressive showboating attempt to grab national headlines.  

These councilmembers knew the controversy it would bring, and they welcomed it. Why did we need this? What happened in our town to justify this? Gun laws still need to be followed. Nothing changes. 

The claims of Second Amendment infringement are baseless. No one is going to take away your guns. The majority of Americans, many of whom own guns, are in favor of increased, common-sense gun safety. 

Stop hiding behind this veil of fearmongering. Did anyone from the city even bother to invest in a marketing research project to see how this will negatively impact our local businesses and real estate values? 

Our council has decided to stain our city with one of the most divisive and blood-boiling topics for both sides. Not only did this serve no purpose to improve our city, it has now put us on the national map in a negative light. 

Those of us who have lived here for decades have always prided ourselves on keeping our beloved San Clemente one of California’s more peaceful hidden gems. Not anymore, thanks to this ludicrous publicity stunt.

Also, the term “sun’s out, guns out” has taken on an entirely different connotation for us now. A huge thank you and shout-out goes to Jerry Davis and Paul Wehrle, both of San Clemente, for their wise and very true words in the June 3 edition of the SC Times

Our little “Spanish Village by the Sea,” once envisioned by Ole Hanson, has taken a very dangerous turn for the worse. Our city values, at least over the decades that we’ve been here, do not include what Gene James and Steve Knoblock have pushed through. As gun owners, it’s appalling. No one is taking away our Second Amendment rights.

As Jerry Davis writes, “The hypocrisy is stunning.”

Election day cannot come soon enough. Get rid of those two paranoid clowns.

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