http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/clev...n-control-law-was-never-about-violence-values Part I Cleveland council president claims new gun control law was never about violence, but "values" by Chad D. Baus 7:00am Thursday, April 23, 2015 On Monday, April 20, and after nine months of debate that included receiving testimony from Buckeye Firearms Association's Ken Hanson, the Cleveland City Council passed a watered-down version of gun control legislation that had been proposed by Mayor Frank Jackson in 2014. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, after passing the law, Council President Kevin Kelley stated that "the legislation was not designed to stop gun violence. Rather, it is a reflection of council's values and is good public policy intended to encourage responsible gun ownership." That is an interesting admission on a number of levels. First, many are making note of the fact that Kelley is admitting that it is the City of Cleveland's policy to pass gun control laws whether they are expected to work or not, and this is indeed a rare moment of honesty by a gun control proponent. "The legislation was not designed to stop gun violence. Rather, it is a reflection of council's values ..." That is gun control in a nutshell. But that isn't all. Kelley's admission is also notable because it flies in the face of a statement he made last year, when the proposals were first introduced. In a press release issued by the mayor's office last year, Kelley said "gun violence has taken far too many lives in our community. The City of Cleveland must act aggressively to address this issue." So when the proposal was first made public Kelley said it was intended to be an aggressive act to address gun violence, but when it was passed he says it was never intended to stop gun violence. Got that? According to the Plain Dealer, Councilman Zack Reed drove home the point that the bill won't do what its supporters once claimed it was intended to do. Again, from the article: Reed argued during the committee meeting Monday that the legislation is powerless to address gun violence in the city. He said that Chicago has even more restrictive gun laws, yet that city's homicide rate is as high as ever. He challenged Horvath and Safety Director Michael McGrath to explain if any of the 25 homicides committed in Cleveland so far this year could have been prevented by the new law. "The problem I have with this legislation is that you're giving me a shot of penicillin to get over the flu, but I'm dying of a gun shot wound," Reed said. "You brought the legislation to us to deal with this problem, but you can't tell us how. So you're just trying to appease us." Even Safety Director Michael McGrath admitted that he "could make no guarantees about the law's efficacy." And Councilman Michael Polensek said he would vote for the legislation but doesn't expect it to have an impact on the city's violent crime rate. "So we pass this legislation tonight, but what does it really mean?" Polensek said. "I think there are going to be some people who think that as a result of this passage, things will dramatically change in this city. And they are not, because the bad guys are not turning in their guns. The bad guys are not registering. The kids who want to shoot indiscriminately on the street won't stop."