INDIANAPOLIS – Bill Levin, considered by many to be Broad Ripple’s “unofficial” mayor in the 1980s, is calling for the organizers of Occupy Broad Ripple With Guns to reconsider the rally they’re staging this weekend. Occupy Broad Ripple is asking licensed gun owners to carry their weapons to Broad Ripple on Saturday night, with the goal of raising awareness and educating people on how to protect themselves.
Levin acknowledges the circumstances that have led to this campaign. “It’s downright tragic that our usually peaceful community has seen such a spike in crime in recent months. But cooler heads must prevail. It’s irresponsible to mix excessive alcohol and firearms. And, although the organizers claim that this isn’t a vigilante movement, one minor scuffle could blow out of proportion and lead to gunfire, injury and death.
“As a Libertarian, I believe government must be limited to preserve our freedoms. But the fundamental purpose of government is to protect its citizens,” he continues. “So, as I ask the Occupy Broad Ripple With Guns’ organizers to cancel their rally, I also call on the City of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council to immediately address the issue of crime in Broad Ripple and act with speed and resolve to bring safety back to the village.
"And, as a long-time concerned citizen and community businessman,” Levin adds, “I offer my assistance to the City-County Council to help create a safe and peaceful resolution for everyone who lives in, works in and visits Broad Ripple.”