Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Dear North Carolina Mayoral Candidate"

So starts the letter received this afternoon.  No surprises.  It's the season, after all, for campaign related mail.

But today's was not an ad for marketing materials or a survey for a local political action committee.  It wasn't a postcard from one of the other 9 Morrisville candidates.  Instead, it was from an organization in Fairfax, VA:

"As the 2013 Morrisville Mayoral Election approaches, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund is receiving requests for information regarding the Second Amendment and hunting positions of candidates running for office."

The Morrisville, NC Mayoral race has gotten the attention of the NRA's political action committee.   Our population is 22,000.  We have 12,000 registered voters.  And a town ordinance prohibiting hunting or the discharging of a firearm within town limits.  Last summer, the Town Council voted 6-1 to prohibit guns on our playgrounds.  As of October 1st and via State Law 2013-369, municipal authority to prohibit concealed guns on playgrounds was eliminated.  

"If you choose not to return a questionnaire, you may be assigned a "?" rating, which can be interpreted by our membership as indifference, if not outright hostility, toward Second Amendment-related issues."

A candidate questionnaire that uses bullet holes to frame social media links...... one could interpret that as a bit hostile.

It is important to vote in every election.  This year's Morrisville Mayoral race is no exception.  Vote November 5th.