CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One thing that was noticeably missing in the aftermath of the Senate's decision not to take up the city gun ordinance nullification bill (HB2760) this session: There was not one peep of outrage, or even public comment, from any of the 94 members of the House of Delegates who voted for the bill.
There are probably two reasons for that.
One, the 94 delegates had already gone on record showing their obedience to the gun lobby.
Two, the city ordinances in question in reality are no more of an infringement on the Second Amendment than city noise ordinances infringe on one's First Amendment right of free expression.
In either instance, it's simply a recognition that when large numbers of people live within a confined area, rules have to be applied to assure the health, well-being and quality of life for all.
(Meanwhile, Protective Services is continuing its investigation of threats made against Senate Government Organization Chairman Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, for failing to put the bill on his committee's agenda.)
Despite declarations that the bill will not be taken up by the Senate this session, senators were inundated with emails over the past week demanding passage of SB2760, which were generated from a website operated by an organization called the Firearms Policy Coalition.
As of Thursday evening, Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha, had received nearly 700 emails generated from the FPC website. (All e-mails were addressed to all 34 members of the Senate.)
Most were a stock statement of "I strongly support HB2760 because it's time for the Legislature to restore sanity in West Virginia gun laws and pass this badly-needed preemption measure." However, some of the messages were personalized.
What caught McCabe's attention was that, of the several hundred emails, only about a half-dozen were from West Virginia, and none were from Charleston or Kanawha County.
Many were from California, and at least one was from Honolulu, Hawaii. (If I were in Honolulu, I think I would have better things to do than fret over gun laws in West Virginia.)
One of the few emails from West Virginia was from William Glenn of West Hamlin, who wrote, "I currently will not shop in Charleston or even go there unless I have to because of the horrible gun laws."
Quote of the week: "I don't think the power of these people is real." -- Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, regarding the ability of West Virginia Citizens Defense League to carry out promises to defeat legislators who stopped HB2760 in the next election cycle.
To that end, I noticed that WVCDL head Keith Morgan's Twitter account has a grand total of 51 followers.