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Hudson Democrat Refuses to Allow Gun Advocates to Speak About Proposed Ban on City Property, Goes After Reporters


Considering the firestorm created by one member of the Hudson City Council who recently referred to gun owners as “gun-toting Tea Party psychotards“, you would think that fellow Democrats on the council would be slighlty more accomodating to those who showed up at a meeting to discuss a ban on ALL guns, including valid pistol permit holders, on city property.

But that wasn’t quite the case.

Despite Alderman David Marston having issued an apology to the woman he launched an e-mail tirade at, and having encouraged her to speak, Democrat John Friedman frequently responded to the citizens of Hudson with condescension toward their “misinformation”, cut a woman off from her microphone after 30 seconds, and attacked reporters by “forcefully” grabbing their microphone when they tried to ask questions.

It was quite a display for the Democrat, in front of a massive crowd that became so large that the venue had to be moved twice.

Via Gateway Pundit:

On February 27 the Committee was forced to change their regular meeting from Hudson City Hall to the Central Fire Station main room to accommodate the larger than normal crowd expected to oppose the measure.

But even that was too small and attendees dragged their chairs, if they’d been fortunate enough to get one, into the firehouse truck bay after the engines were moved out.

Friedman kicked off the meeting with snide comments about the crowd being so large due to their “misinformation” regarding the laws intent.

Later on, things got very interesting when Alderman Marston issued an apology to Johanna Johnson-Smith (JJ), the woman he had verbally attacked.  Friedman didn’t seem interested in this reconciliation, and shut the gun rally organizer down almost immediately.

At the meeting, Marston apologized to the recipient of that e-mail, Johanna Johnson-Smith  and even encouraged chairman Friedman to allow her to speak, but after thirty seconds Friedman had heard enough.

“We’re done. This portion of the meeting is done,” Friedman said.

‘You can’t face the truth. That’s what is is,” Johnson-Smith fired back.

It didn’t get much better after the meeting, as Friedman physically confronted a Fox 23 reporter, “forcefully grabbing” his microphone when he dared to ask a question.

“Would you please get your hand off my microphone?” ‘Would you please get your microphone out of my face?'”

That’s the voice of legal committee chairman John Friedman, who forcefully grabbed the microphone when approached for comment.

Earlier, Friedman angered the gun owners who came to the meeting by telling them he would not allow public comments on the resolution to ban firearms on city property.

Video of the confrontation can be seen here.

In the end, JJ is correct.  Democrats on the Hudson City Council are battling their own “misinformation” by showing a complete lack of spine when it comes to listening to the other side of an issue.  Perhaps they’re afraid of these “Tea Party psychotards”.

Or maybe in Friedman’s case, it’s a complete lack of integrity and loyalty to country and Constitution.

Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising from Friedman.  Listening to gun advocates speak is surely as difficult as listening to the Pledge of Allegiance, something Friedman often refuses to stand for.

From a Times Union report from last year:

This story begins, oddly enough, with the Pledge of Allegiance, recited by schoolchildren, members of organizations of all kinds and by members of the Hudson City Council at the start of meetings.

Well, most members recite it.

John Friedman, a Democrat elected last year, often ignores the pledge. His colleagues stand and recite the words, but he stays seated.

“I don’t like to be told what to say and when to say it,” Friedman told me.

Perhaps, but he sure does like to tell people what they can’t say.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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