Mayor Pro Tem White accuses Council member Smith of grandstanding for the media
ROCKWALL – At Monday night’s City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem David White angrily lashed out at outgoing Place 5 Council member Michelle Smith, accusing her of “grandstanding for the media” and “pandering to (her) Facebook friends and political cronies” for introducing a resolution to ignore any attempts by the federal government to confiscate firearms, ammunition, or tax gun-owners or force them to register their guns.
A similar resolution was passed last week by League City TX, making it the first city in the nation to try and prevent any potential federal gun control legislation from being enforced in a city.
Although Smith said she tabled the motion because it could not be properly entered on time by City staff before the meeting, White said he wanted his statement (listed below) entered into the minutes of the meeting anyway.
In his statement, White says her resolution is not necessary because the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution already guarantees “that we have the right to defend ourselves with force against government tyranny.”
He wrote that Council members have already sworn to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and laws of the nation and this state” and to ask them to reaffirm their oath “implies a level of mistrust to their sworn duty.”
He added, “Facebook will not determine his politics or positions.”
“Voting for a resolution to restate what you already swore tells me you didn’t mean it or didn’t understand your oath the first time. This resolution is just Grandstanding for media attention. This is a non binding resolution pandering to Facebook friends and political cronies.”
“This resolution was copy and pasted word for word from League City and is not an original idea by any member of this council. Other cities will not determine my politics or positions.”
“A promise in the form of a resolution from politicians who do so only to promote themselves is not worth the paper on which it is printed.”
Smith told The Rockwall News that she was shocked and very disappointed with White for his comments and statement.
“Mayor Pro-Tem is certainly welcome to his personal opinions,” she said. “His perception of my motives are completely inaccurate as I have already announced I would not seek re-election. Mr. White had a prepared statement which he read which reflected his lack of understanding of what the Resolution clearly was.”
“Mr. White’s reference to “Facebook political cronies” clearly reflects his unwillingness to work with the citizens of the city of Rockwall who support this resolution because many of my ‘Facebook political cronies’ – as Mayor Pro-Tem worded it – are actual constituents of our great city.”
“Unfortunately for the City of Rockwall, we have a few that believe a resolution to affirm our support of our Constitution and, specifically, the Second Amendment is insulting.”
She added that she thinks making a statement that the City of Rockwall will support the Second Amendment makes great sense.
“Our Constitution and associated rights are under assault from the top tiers of government down and we must assert a strong resistance to those efforts from the bottom up, starting with our city councils.”
Apparently others think it makes sense, too.
House Bill 553 was recently filed in Austin expanding League City’s suggestion to a state-wide level. Filed by Dayton’s Rep. John Otto, HB 553 not only mandates that the state nullify any federal firearm and clip regulation, but would also turn any attempted confiscation into a criminal offense.
Following is White’s statement as entered into the minutes:
I would like this entered into the minutes:
“I, _______________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of ___________________ of the State of Texas, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, so help me God.”
“That oath clearly states the position of he who swore it – not just regarding the second amendment, but fully for the state and federal constitutions. Voting for a resolution to restate what you already swore tells me you didn’t mean it or didn’t understand your oath the first time.
This resolution is just Grandstanding for media attention. This is a non binding resolution pandering to Facebook friends and political cronies.
Facebook will not determine my politics or positions.
This resolution was copy and pasted word for word from league city and is not an original idea by any member of this council. Other cities will not determine my politics or positions.
A promise in the form of a resolution from politicians who do so only to promote themselves is not worth the paper on which it is printed.
The purpose of the 2nd amendment is not about hunting or protection from criminals. It is the guarantee that we have the right to defend ourselves with force against government tyranny. I have no doubts about the oath and commitment my fellow council members made to the laws and constitutions of the United States and the state of Texas. Asking them to reaffirm their oath implies a level of mistrust to their sworn duty.
We have a city manager we trust and he understands his role and duty to the city of rockwall and the laws and constitution of the united states and state of texas as well as his role and duty to hire a chief of police and fire chief that do the same. I believe this resolution insults our city manager Rick Crowley, Chief of Police Mark Moeller, and Fire Chief Mark Poindexter and all staff by insinuating they won’t fulfill their duties and oath.
There is no resolution that will protect the rights of the citizens of rockwall. Actions speak louder than words. If we doubt that our staff will due their duty, the action is not to pass a resolution. The action to take would be to remove them from their positions.
Numbers 30:2 – Moses
When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.
Matthew 5:37 – Jesus
Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.
For me to support this resolution, I am stating that my original word is not to be trusted. I gave my word and pledged that oath 2 years ago when I took office and nothing has changed since. If you cannot trust this council to stand behind the oath we all took, it makes no sense that some worthless piece of paper will make you trust us more.
A vote against this resolution is not a vote against the second amendment, it is a vote against selfish political self promotion.”
By J. J. Smith