It was a lonely battle. During a committee meeting that approved Straub, the president of a local NRA group, former City-County councilor Bill Dowden, argued that the Mayor and not Straub would set City gun policy and therefore he supported the appointment. The presentation by Dowden undercut Karlson's presentation. On Monday, Karlson's efforts were "rewarded" with a 28-1 vote in favor of Straub.
But at that very same meeting, the seeds were sown that will prove Karlson's was right to be concerned about Straub.
At the meeting of the full council on Monday, Councilor Edward Coleman, a Republican turned Libertarian, introduced a measure that would allow gunowners with permits to carry their guns into city parks, just like they can in state and national parks. Mayor Ballard responded immediately, promising a veto should it pass the Council. Mayor Ballard defended his veto threat as follows:
"We want moms to feel safe in the park taking their kids," Ballard said. "People are happy with how (the policy) is."