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On September 3, 2019 the San Francisco city government formally labelled the pro-gun lobbyist National Rifle Association (NRA) a “domestic terrorist organization”.
The condemnation of the most powerful gun-ownership advocacy group in the US was unanimously passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
On September 6 Mayor Zudans fired back as Mayor of Vero Beach with a letter to the San Fransisco Board of Supervisors on City of Vero Beach Office of the Mayor stationary.
Here are the Mayor’s opening paragraphs:
September 6, 2019
San Francisco Board of Supervisors:
San Francisco’s reputation has quickly collapsed from one of my favorite beacons of culture to a sanctuary for criminals, addicts, and homeless encampments. Your stifling big brother government is your downfall. Your most recent action stinks like the steaming excrement on your streets.
As a lifetime NRA member, concealed carry permit holder, and Mayor of Vero Beach, Florida I feel compelled to respond to your resolution deeming the Nation Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization.”
First of all, we are all expected to agree to disagree.
But how about beginning your letter with a reason for writing rather than hurling an insult about “excrement.”
If you are beginning correspondence with someone about something or asking for information, begin by providing a reason for writing.
And since Mayor Zudans’ disagrees with their position there is the concept of:
It seems that you are, with all due respect, wrong in this particular
Further excerpts from Mayor Zudan’s letter:
Americans consider your resolution to be part of the same garbage pile that San Francisco has become under your malfeasance.
You are the true enemy of liberty by enabling addiction, homelessness, and harboring illegal violent criminals. Instead of calling Americans terrorists, look in the mirror and get your own house in order first.
Mayor, City of Vero Beach, Florida
Now do you suppose the San Fransisco Board of Supervisors will read the letter and look up Vero Beach?
Vero Beach is a small Florida city, consisting of 13.1 square miles with a population currently estimated a 15,220. Vero Beach has Atlantic-facing beaches on a barrier island across the Indian River Lagoon. South Beach Park offers wide sands and volleyball courts. Downtown’s South Beach Park chronicles the local citrus industry. On the outskirts, McKee Botanical Garden has tropical plants and water lily–filled streams. To the north, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge shelters brown pelicans.
Mayor Zudans’ letter raises questions:
Was Mayor Zudans writing on behalf of himself as a citizen, or himself as the Mayor? Was he writing on behalf of the Vero Beach City Council? If not, did he advise the City Council he was writing the letter? Obviously not, or it would been more respectful and professional.
More importantly, though unlikely, could it be construed that he was writing on behalf of Vero Beach?