A New York alderman is facing a firestorm of criticism after he called supporters of the Second Amendment “gun-toting Tea Party psychotards” who acted like “Brown Shirt Jackboots.”
David Marston, an alderman in Hudson, NY, confirmed to Fox News that he wrote the email in response to correspondence he received from Joanna Johnson-Smith, an organizer for Gun Rights Across America.
Lawmakers in Hudson are considering a law that would ban guns on city-owned property including parks and recreational spaces.
“It ‘s really neat that all you gun toting tea party psychotards are so interested in the goings on of our little city, even though I find it amazing that you don’t have any other pressing issues before you in New Lebanon,” he wrote to Johnson-Smith. “On the other hand, I guess it’s not surprising, considering you ideologues aren’t interested in actual policy, but rather grandstanding on mythical narratives of victimization.”
Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck told Fox News that the email is “appalling.”
“Certainly, I’m saddened by the email and it’s not something I condone and it’s not something the citizens of Hudson want in an elected representative for sure,” he said. “Alderman Marston answers to those who elected him.”
Marston confirmed to Fox News that he did write the letter and has apologized for his language.
“The letter was a draft that was accidentally sent,” he wrote in an email. “I am embarrassed and ashamed that letter ever saw the light of day.”
Marston said he’s been getting “tons of inflammatory hate mail” about the proposed gun ban.
“I stupidly drafted an email in the heat of emotion, that was a direct reflection of the type of emails I was getting,” he said.
The mayor said he is meeting with the city’s attorney as well as other government leaders to determine if the alderman’s email violating any ethics rules.
As for the proposed gun ban – the mayor said he is definitely pro-Second Amendment.
“I’ve always been a supporter of the Second Amendment rights of all individuals to bear arms and I continue my support for that amendment,” he said.
However, the mayor declined to comment on the proposed law until it comes to his desk.