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Palm Bay: Shiny Objects!

Palm Bay was back in the news because City Councilman Holton decided it would be a good idea to talk about the “safety” of people in Council meetings after he was stopped by Police Chief Roberts and asked Holton if he was carrying a firearm as Holton was entering the Council Chambers.

With ongoing investigations into Palm Bay and ethical violations alleged against Holton himself, it appears that this latest episode is nothing more than Holton trying to distract from other issues.

Look here!! Shiny Objects!

We wrote about the whole stop issue here.

From an article on the FloridaToday, Holton sent an email to various officials concerning the stop:

Notice the first question:

Why are you asking about asking [sic] my Constitutional right to carry?

Oh look! Shiny Objects! The Constitution!

We talk about the Constitution here on Raised on Hoecakes all the time. We believe in it. (As you will see, Holton does not.)

However, Holton was not stopped because of the Constitution or any Constitutional right. Holton was stopped because the Chief of Police thought Holton may have had a weapon and was about to break the law by entering the Council Chambers with weapon.

The Supreme Court has already ruled in several cases (as well as by not reviewing other decisions) that States may put some limits on the carrying of guns in public. States cannot ban the carrying or weapons altogether, but they can put reasonable restrictions on them

Therefore, the Terry stop of Holton had nothing to do with the Constitution, but had everything to do with Holton complying with a Constitutional law.

You have to remember that this is about Holton and his love of shiny things distracting people from other issues and how he wants you to love them too.

Holton’s letter continues:

More importantly, why [more importantly] or who asked you to me to question me before a Council Meeting on December 21st at 1850 before gavel drops?

(Sorry, but we can’t come close to figuring out the syntax and sentence structure Holton is using here. We believe that Holton is essentially asking “why was I questioned?” and “who told you to question me?”)

The answer to “why?” was a Terry stop. It is funny how Holton doesn’t seem to want Chief Rogers to follow the law and protect people from someone carrying a weapon into the Council Chambers.

As to the “who?” does it really matter? Holton apparently was not carrying that night so he was following the law. Hooray! The only reason Holton would want to know who told the police he may have been carrying is so Holton can retaliate.

That’s why he wants to know.

It does our heart good to know that there is a Councilman in Palm Bay who is more concerned with retaliation against people rather than the law. (That was sarcasm in case you missed it.)

Politics may may [sic] have proceeded Constitutional Rights!

Look! Another shiny thing! Constitutional Rights!

As we said, there is no absolute right to carry. Holton is spewing ignorance and hoping people will buy into it and forget his own misdeeds.

Holton then ends his screed with this gem:

What measures have you and Gregg Lynk and Clerk Teresa Jones to ensure constitutents’ safety?

Safety measures like making sure people – even those who have a concealed weapon permit – do not enter the Council Chambers with a weapon? Measures such as the police following up on leads that someone may be bringing a weapon into the building?

THE VERY MEASURES THAT YOU, COUNCILMAN HOLTON SAY ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL?

Those measures?

Good grief.

We also want to touch briefly on Holton’s spelling and grammar. After the meeting of the December 21st, Holton fired off a series of emails that were full of spelling errors, syntax errors, etc.

Holton blamed the errors on a failed update to his phone.

Interestingly, the last update to the Apple phone was November 29, 2017. Android issued an update the same day. Microsoft issued an update earlier in the month of November for their phones. At best, Councilman Holton would have people believe that he was dealing with a City issued phone that was not working correctly for 22 days, including two Council meetings. That doesn’t make sense to us, but we suppose it is possible.

If that is the case, what is the explanation for the meandering of the email on December 26th? Was there keyboard failure there? Or was there another cause for Holton’s typing and syntax?

From the FloridaToday article of December 5, 2017:

Holton, elected in 2014, recently floated the idea of pushing for a change in state laws to allow officials to carry guns during council meetings to improve security. Currently, state law forbids carrying weapons at municipal meetings.

We find this humorous. Holton, who is screaming about the Constitution and Constitutional rights, wants officials like himself to be able to carry into meetings, but not regular folks like the majority of people in the room.

He wants people like him to be treated differently under the law than he is.

Maybe he needs to look at the “shiny thing” called the “14th Amendment:”

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. (emphasis ours)

So let’s recap, shall we?

The Cief of Police made a perfectly legal and justified inquiry into the possibility of Holton about to commit a crime.

Holton wants people to concentrate on the Constitution, when in fact, all he is doing is showing his ignorance of the Constitution and the law.

Then, Holton wants to have special privileges for himself than for others.

All while forgetting his ethics problems.

Shiny things indeed.



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