By Rodney K. Hays
The Town of Prosper joins at least three other cities across Texas that recently passed resolutions in support of the second amendment’s rights to keep and bear arms.
Council members unanimously voted to approve the resolution at last week’s meeting. The Rockwall City Council approved a similar resolution in May. Gonzales and League City were the first Texas cities to approve second amendment resolutions.
The Prosper Tea Party was instrumental in bringing the resolution to the attention of the council, according to one of the PTP organizers Ann Lieber.
Lieber said she acquired the Rockwall resolution and forwarded it to Prosper Mayor Ray Smith. One of the other members of the group contacted Smith directly and asked if he would be willing to get a similar resolution on the Prosper council’s agenda.
The resolution initially made the agenda on April 30 as a discussion item and several citizens spoke in favor of the item. It was once again placed on as a department item at last week’s meeting, and was approved unanimously by the council.
The resolution mentions the second, ninth and tenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution’s right to bear arms as the basis for the decision. While the resolution is only symbolic, it does call on local, state and national officials to protect the second amendment rights of the citizens of Prosper.
Smith said the resolution was passed because of a grassroots effort.
"We did have a lot of residents that were very interested in having the council support this amendment," he said. "The council obviously supports the constitution, but it was important to the community that we support this amendment."
Smith also said the resolution would be passed on to lawmakers and local officials. He said he wants it to not just go out to lawmakers representing Prosper but all lawmakers.
"Let’s get it out to everybody since we are Americans and we are Texans.
The mayor said he will work with town manager Harlan Jefferson on how to get that information to legislators in the quickest, most efficient manner.