Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to the Royal Palm Beach Village Council’s resolution regarding gun violence.
A resolution by a citizen of Royal Palm Beach demanding basic competence in all levels of our failed government bureaucracies in order to prevent the slaughter of innocent citizens and providing an effective date when incompetence’s will be forever replaced with worthy governance.
Whereas, prior to the recent tragedies at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has once again brought the issue of government failure and deflection of responsibility to the public’s attention.
Whereas, the Village of Royal Palm Beach has mastered its own level of incompetence close to the level demonstrated by the FBI ignoring protocol for tips into the threat of school shooting by the eventual perpetrator, the school resource officer who cowered in fear outside of the school, a sheriff who let his situation commander order officers to wait outside of the shooting in progress and an administration within the school protecting the rights of the dangerous perpetrator over innocent students.
Whereas, this resident of Royal Palm Beach has completely lost faith in government institutions to protect its citizens from violent criminals, will retain his rights to bear arms as protected by the United States Constitution and defended by the NRA against all threats of these rights.
Now, therefore, be it resolved by James Robert Stephan, a citizen of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, that:
Section 1. This citizen demands the Village Council of the Village of Royal Palm Beach acts on issues of domestic violence, government incompetence and focuses their efforts on actual governing and not feel-good proclamations popular in the mainstream media to cover up for the failures by government at all levels. The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will focus their attention on the perpetrators of violence (including domestic violence), stripping of their positions to hold elected office when accused of violent crimes, termination of employment in positions of responsibility within government agencies when they fail to act to protect citizens and fully restricted the imposition of repressive laws on innocent, law-abiding citizens
Section 2. This resolution shall take effect immediately upon passage.
Passed and adopted this 10th day of April, 2018.
Jim Stephan, Royal Palm Beach