SALT LAKE CITY — A collection of gun control supporters took a list of 20,000 signatures that were gathered online, most from outside of Utah, to Governor Gary Herbert’s office Friday.
Their goal is to get the governor to support the right of public universities and colleges to keep guns out of meetings and assemblies.
The inspiration for the petition came from Anita Sarkeesian, the feminist critic of video games who canceled a speech at Utah State University after receiving death threats and asking the school to prevent guns from being present in the meeting space, which school officials said they could not do because of the state’s laws regarding firearms.
The written article does not tell you how many of the signatures came from Utahns unless you see the whole video and get to 2:22. There you will get to find out that about 400 signatures came from the Beehive State. That would come to (if my trusty calculator is right) just two percent of the John Hancocks collected.
In the article and the video we are introduced to Dee Rowland and Chelsi Archibald who were behind this signature gathering. Both are active on liberal causes and Gun Control but after a dose of Google-Fu I found out that they do that under the banner of their religious faith: Ms. Rowland as a catholic and Ms. Archibald as Mormon.
I find a bit disturbing that people who are openly using the banner of their respective churches apparently have no problem making a production of a petition with barely a 2% support among their neighbors and fellow Utahns. Neither faith supports a sleigh-of-hand for the “greater good” or trying to acquire fame by presenting such a misleading petition. They had to know that they only gathered 400 signatures that matter so, why go along with it? Pride? Were they hoping to deceive people with the big number with the expectation that the 400 number be overlooked or ignored?
This kind of tactics always backfires. Their loss, our win.