Folks, I posted this on anther forum earlier this week: The implications of his address are dangerous. In the name of "safety," Heartwell has, in his capacity as Mayor of Grand Rapids, declared open season on firearm carriers in Grand Rapids. Although he began by specifically targeting open carriers, he ended by including ALL of us with his remark, "Carrying a gun always, always represents the threat to use that gun to kill or maim another. That, after all, is why these people carry their guns." He says that we can never know a person's motivation for carrying a firearm, yet he has declared that ALL firearm carriers do so because we have a desire to kill or maim - a concern with personal or family defense has nothing to do with it. We are all killers just waiting for our chance. Although he is telling his loyal followers just to make others aware of our presence, leave businesses and alert security or the police for the exercise of our rights, there are those out there who will take it to the next level and provoke personal confrontations that have the potential to become physical assaults on carriers or their families; there is always SOMEONE who takes calls like this too far. Remember, Heartwell already gave a good citizenship award to a man who publicly chewed out a lawful open carrier for doing so at a city meeting. This cannot be allowed to continue. I have been in contact with Senator Dave Hildenbrand's office, asking him to get involved himself, and I am pushing for the involvement of State AG Bill Scheutte. This implications of what the mayor said are dangerous, and they are also a blatant violation of Michigan's pre-emption law, MCL 123.1102, Sen. Hildenbrand needs to hear from ALL of us (517-373-1801). Mayor Heartwell must be held accountable for his actions before they A) cause serious problems here in Grand Rapids, and B) spread to Lansing, Detroit, Battle Creek and other Michigan cities whose mayors are also in bed with Bloomberg's MAIG. It is also time to mount a recall campaign against Mayor George Heartwell, City Manager Greg Sundstrom, and City Attorney Catherine Mish. GRPD Chief Kevin Belk is already on his way out due to retirement, but we need to insure that the next chief of police is not a gun grabber; under the leadership of Heartwell and Sundstrom, that will certainly be a litmus test for the next chief. This is URGENT.