City officials in Elk Grove, California put their foot down when a nonprofit wanted to reenact the Battles of Lexington and Concord at a local park.
The problem was that the nonprofit, the Elk Grove Historical Society, wanted to bring muskets to the event. You know, the appropriate arms of the era. The very tools used to win our independence from Great Britan.
Officials pointed to a park ordinance that makes it illegal to “Use, maintain, possess, fire, or discharge any firearm”
Now, one would think that common sense would prevail in this case. City leaders would say, we can make an exception here because those muskets won’t be loaded with anything but black powder. Plus, the reenactment isn’t just a bunch of guys playing dress up, it also serves as an educational opportunity for children. A way to teach them about our nation’s history. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.
Nope. No common sense. This is, after all, California.
Officials did offer up another suggestion, though. Use sticks instead of muskets.
“They actually asked us if we can use wooden sticks, and can you see 12 men in full regalia and another 12 charging with wooden sticks saying ‘Bang bang!’ It just doesn’t have the same effect,” said Jim Entrican, one of the reenactors.
Entrician said that a conversation is ongoing with the city to see if they can reach an agreement for next year. However, this year’s event, originally scheduled for April, is canceled.
Chalk it up as a win for Commiefornia.