Some people talk about the similarities-- growing, it is said-- between Howard County and Montgomery County. I think it's also fair to say that there exist similarities between certain corners of Howard County and those parts of other jurisdictions that border it-- thinking about Ellicott City and Catonsville, Elkridge and Hanover, and even Laurel and, well, Laurel (AA Co) and Laurel (PG Co)
But I like to think about the complete and total dissimilarity between Howard County and another of its neighboring jurisdictions, Carroll County. And if you require evidence of this, I submit this article for evidence.
Yes, now it is completely OK for you to bring your gun to a local landfill or other waste processing facility. Why do you need a gun at a landfiull or recycling center? I don't know, but you can bring it. Just in case some jerk drives a U-Haul, a commerical vehicle, into the residential waste/recycling portion of the landfill instead of where he should have gone, which is the transfer station which doesn't do any recycling. (Note: this is what I did last Saturday.)
But there is a larger context to this. See, the cute headline is meant to draw you in. The whole "gun at the dump" thing is a small part of something called the "Second Amendment Preservation Resolution" which the Carroll County Board of Commissioners passed recently. And you can find it here.
This.... this is amazing.
I have felt that I am generally moderate on gun control/gun rights. I believe the Second Amendment was meant to provide for private gun ownership, but I also feel government on all levels has the option to regulate this privilege as it sees fit. Just as ownership of many other dangerous things-- from cars to alcoholic beverages to fireworks-- are regulated.
But this resolution isn't for the moderate. It's pretty hard right and it's not surprising that Carroll's Board of Commissioners, the Baltimore area's most right-leaning local legislature by far, would endorse such a thing.
But this resolution isn't necessarily the Carroll Commissioners' original work. There are websites like this one that contain draft resolutions for local legislatures to draft and consider. I haven't followed the drafting or the approval process for the Carroll resolution but looking at the similarities, I'm willing to bet that this resolution was at least partially cooked from the outside.
Carroll County can do what it wants. I can't see this sort of resolution ever happening in Howard County. Nor do I think HoCo should write a resolution condemning the Carroll County resolution. We don't need War Between the Counties. Because I have a scary feeling that Carroll County would come down here and whoop our ass.
But I do have to question whether by signing off on some have-precooked resolution from some advocacy group, the Carroll Commissioners haven't given away some, just a bit, of their independence and power of self-determination. And aren't these things cherished hallmarks of 2010s blind conservative Mericanism? But I guess when special interests serve YOUR interests, they're OK.
Happy National Franchise Recognition Day. I care about small business too. Let's be careful out there.