Sabattus man wants every resident to own a gun

Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

David Marsters is proposing an ordinance which mandates every Sabattus head of household to own a gun. 

SABATTUS — Retiree David Marsters says there ought to be a law which mandates every Sabattus head of household to own a gun.

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Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

David Marsters is proposing an ordinance which mandates every Sabattus head of household to own a gun.

He’s not joking.

If each Sabattus home had a gun, “it would provide and protect safety of the city,” Marsters said.

When the selectmen meet Tuesday, March 5, they will hear his proposal on how to reduce crime — the same way a Georgia town did.

“I’ve been reading about a Georgia town, Kennesaw,” Marsters said during a phone interview Monday. “Since 1982, they’ve had an ordinance requiring all homeowners shall be armed and ready to go at all times,” Marsters said. Since they mandated every home have a gun, “their crime rate went down.”

Marsters is right about the gun law in Kennesaw, a city not far from Atlanta.

On Kennesaw’s website, the city brags about “The Gun Law.” The Georgia city made headlines after May 1, 1982, “when the city unanimously passed a law requiring every head of household to maintain a firearm together with ammunition,” the website reads. “After passage of the law, the burglary rate in Kennesaw declined, and even today, the city has the lowest crime rate in Cobb County.”

According to Marsters, felons, those with a history of mental illness and those whose religion would prohibit gun use would be exempt. He acknowledged “there’s not that much crime rate in Sabattus,” but if word spread that every home had guns, robbers would stay away out of town.

Marsters, 68, is a retired police officer from Malden, Mass. He’s a father, a grandfather, and is involved in his local politics, serving on several committees.

When he first moved to Sabattus three years ago, there were some nearby break-ins, he said. He took action. “I threatened neighbors,” households with adults who were “druggies,” he said. “I forced certain kids to move.” That helped end break-ins, he said.

When asked about those calling for more gun control and fewer guns after Sandy Hook, Marsters chuckled. He insisted more guns don’t bring more violence. Sandy Hook “is being used for political games,” he said. The Second Amendment and other rights are being threatened. “If people don’t smarten up,” rights like reporters covering the news will be taken away, Marsters said.

Marsters is hoping his proposal will be accepted by selectmen and placed on the town warrant for citizens to decide at the annual June town meeting.

Town officials, however, are predicting the proposal will be shot down.

Town Manager Andrew Gilmore agreed. “Compelling someone to own a gun is a new one to me in post-Colonial times,” said Gilmore, predicting selectmen will not support the proposal.

Individuals ought to “have a right to choose not to own a gun,” he said, adding that more guns could attract criminals to Sabattus.

Since a New York newspaper went public with which local households had concealed gun permits, there have been more robberies, Gilmore said.

“If we announced to rest of world every home in Sabattus had a weapon, it would be easy pickings. I’m not sure if law is constitutional.”

Police Chief Anthony Ward agreed. The Second Amendment provides a right for gun ownership, Ward said, but residents “shouldn’t be dictated by government to have weapons. Some people are not comfortable with them,” Ward said. “It would make an unsafe environment.”

He is opposed, he said.

The selectmen’s meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

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 's picture

Typical power-hungry cop who has all the answers

This guy should never be allowed to own a gun. I would say he is one of the mentally ill who should have a psych exam and sent back to Massachusetts. If everyone has to own a gun, how many kids are going to get shot? How many domestic violence battles would end up with at least one dead? Not everyone wants a gun and not everyone has the need for power to shoot anyone who might knock at their door. Look at the facts, Marsters. More people get shot when more people have guns--especially when they don't know how or when to use them. It's almost worth buying a print of him for target practice. Almost, but not quite. Why did you retire in Maine? Massachusetts wouldn't have you anymore??

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Police Academy's Train, gun clubs extort...

Nancy,
This guy wants everyone to have a gun, but when applying for his job as a police officer and those cadets are evaluated and tested on all mental and physical aspects of doing the job. One is the psych evaluation of being fit to carry a use a weapon. Those that graduate from police academies have the training and the stability to enforce the laws and use brutal force if necessary.

Now his kind wants every untrained, uneducated and many many unstable persons to asses a situation, own and use the weapon at their decision of a given moment with other by standers in that area. All I know is that any innocent person that is shot or killed by those that want to play Deputy Dawg are sued to the fullest extent and sent to jail for a long time.

So now he and others like him want to put a gun in everyone's hand and let them be the judge, jury and executioner like in the Wild West. All I can say is those that live by the sword, die by the sword and good for them. Maybe if enough people are asked to show their permit to carry or conceal and they refuse and then the police should be called on them having a weapon, and let them deal with the law and the hassle. As far as I am concerned any person other than a law officer or a solider carrying a gun is a potential threat for your safety and mine.

RONALD RIML's picture

Jerry - My guess is when he joined (and about the time I did)

The only 'Psych" Test was: "Are you 'Psyched Up' to go out and do this Sh*t??"

They had some real 'Knuckle Draggerz' and Political Hacks on my P.D. - not to say that at least the Knuckle Draggerz don't come in handy at times.

Here's a good expose in the Chicago Tribune about a Chief of Police who eventually got indicted on a 'State Job' - they quote some guy named 'Riml' in it..... It's an 'Oldie' (four pages of it)

To Serve And Protect

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Wow

Long read and very interesting, thanks, so it was your PD huh?

RONALD RIML's picture

Yep...

Ex IL Governor George Ryan (from my old home town) just got out of Federal Prison about a month or so ago.

We had a Republican Machine that made Chicago Mayor Daley's Democrats look like Alter Boys.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Look you up

Will be in Lewiston in August for 40th Class Reunion and be staying in Sabbatus. You in the book?

RONALD RIML's picture

No longer the Lewiston book

I'm in East Boothbay now

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Probably the same thing that

Probably the same thing that brought many of us here.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Judge, Jury and Exectutor

When he first moved to Sabattus three years ago, there were some nearby break-ins, he said. He took action. “I threatened neighbors,” households with adults who were “druggies,” he said. “I forced certain kids to move.” That helped end break-ins, he said.

Old man I would say you are over stepping your territoriality and you should be considered a terrorist and a bully and a threat for intimidating taxpayers, all upon your judging and threatening people. Unless those folks have been arrested, you have no rights to to take actions and threaten anyone. That is what makes people like you with a gun unpredictable and dangerous.

OMG

Now I've heard it all...he should have retired in Malden, Mass...who invited this guy up here??? He could always move to Kennesaw..I live in Sabattus and I don't feel safe having him live in my town...I would never have a gun in my house that is ready to fire with my grandkids around..there are other ways to protect yourself...just try breaking into my house Mr. Marsters...I won't mind cleaning up the mess after...sounds like he needs to be seen by a professional to determine his mental condition...you have the right to own your gun, but I have the right to not have one in my home....get a grip man and find a hobby...you sound like a mean ole bully that thinks he is Rambo...they will laugh you right out of town..

OMG

Now I've heard it all...he should have retired in Malden, Mass...who invited this guy up here??? He could always move to Kennesaw..I live in Sabattus and I don't feel safe having him live in my town...I would never have a gun in my house that is ready to fire with my grandkids around..there are other ways to protect yourself...just try breaking into my house Mr. Marsters...I won't mind cleaning up the mess after...sounds like he needs to be seen by a professional to determine his mental condition...you have the right to own your gun, but I have the right to not have one in my home....get a grip man and find a hobby...you sound like a mean ole bully that thinks he is Rambo...they will laugh you right out of town..

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

For the ladies

Statistically speaking a woman is 500% more like to end up shot if she lives in a home with a gun than one that doesn't. So if a woman sees herself as ending up like Mrs. Lanza, or the Pistorius girlfried or one of the thousands of domestic murder suicide scenarios and not as Laura Croft chasing down bad guys it's only because she has common sense enough to read the odds. The last thing a Maine town needs is a bunch of vigilantes who think someone made them KIng or Rambo.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"Statistically speaking a

"Statistically speaking a woman is 500% more like to end up shot if she lives in a home with gun than one that doesn't."
That may be true, but I don't believe that the gunless abuser, wife beater, whatever you want to call him, would be deterred much if he can get his hands on a knife or a blunt instrument. They're going to do what they're going to do.
P.S....are you by any chance a GOT fan?

ANTHONY NAZAR's picture

There's a town in Georgia

Where Mr. Marsters might be happier. He can live out his Tombstone, AZ, vigilante fantasies without raising any eyebrows.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Having eaveryone in town armed....

Having everyone in town armed, may not cut down on crime, but it's sure to make the annual Town Meeting a lot more interesting.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Instead of selectmen shooting

Instead of selectmen shooting their mouths off, they can shoot their guns, you mean?

Noel Foss's picture

It'd certainly make everyone more polite...

"Yes sir, no sir, I disagree with you but still respect you completely sir!"

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

That would be coming from the

That would be coming from the guys who couldn't draw very fast. The quick draw artists would probably rule.

 's picture

Right

I have seen head of households I wouldn't want in charge of a rubberband, never mind a loaded weapon....

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

And some of us have seen

And some of us have seen "better halves" who can't chew and walk simultaneously. What is your point?

 's picture

What the????

Is this part of the new "Publishing People's Kooky Ideas" series? Of course, Chief Ward is correct on this issue. Marsters "threatened neighbors" and "forced certain kids to move"? Who the heck does he think he is?? I hope the Sabattus police are keeping a close eye on this dude.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Have government force gun

Have government force gun ownership on all town citizens? Next thing you know, government will be forcing people to buy health insurance or face a penalty. What's that you say? It's already happening? Well, I'll be.....

GARY SAVARD's picture

I'm sure that there are

I'm sure that there are already plenty of armed residents in Sabattus. There is no need for this law, and no need to advertise who is and who isn't armed.The right to bear arms is exactly that, a right, and so should be the right to not bear arms, if someone so chooses.

RONALD RIML's picture

He's a 'Retired Policeman from Malden?"

And he's confused 'Robberies' with 'Burglaries?'

If there were 'Break-Ins' as he said - those weren't 'Robberies' - those are Burglaries - and he should know better.

He needs to find a hobby. And guns aren't it.

David Marsters's picture

I didn't write the article. I

I didn't write the article. I stated break- ins only!!!!!!!!!!!!

RONALD RIML's picture

Break-ins?

Get a Dog. Then you'll also have a friend.

RONALD RIML's picture

What happened to Switzerland, Dave???

A few months ago you claimed you were mo9ving because it was such a "Gun Friendly" Country"

Or did your wife find out it was just for the 'Company?'


PAUL ST JEAN's picture

All ex cops are not created

All ex cops are not created equal, eh?

RONALD RIML's picture

I used to live in Revere, MA when home-ported in Boston....

That City didn't need 'Police'

With all the Mafia that lived there, nobody dared pulling any crap.......... Safest place one could live.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I totally believe that. The

I totally believe that. The best neighbor one could ever have is a mob guy. Just don't make eye contact. 0O:-)

ANTHONY NAZAR's picture

same with the North End

For the same reason.

Mind your own business and you were safer than a nun in church.

If the board of selectmen

If the board of selectmen don't laugh him out of the hall, I will consider moving. If the Town actually passes and enforces it, we're moving.

David Marsters's picture

Board of selectmen

The board of selectmen don't vote on the ordinance. They only to agree or disagree with putting it on the Town warrant. It is up to the registered voters to vote on ordinance.
If it is passed by the voters will you still move? Let me know I will help you.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Don't start packing just yet.

Don't start packing just yet. It ain't gonna pass.

David Perry's picture

Scary

It's frightening to think that someone like this lives anywhere near me.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What would you have living

What would you have living next door to you, a guy who owns a gun and has a CCP, or a meth lab?

RONALD RIML's picture

You forgot Option Three...

A Zumba Studio.

 's picture

Zumba Studio??

Nobody got shot there. You are a real joke. I am sure your fellow police officers were happy to see you retire and move.

RONALD RIML's picture

So what was your cover rather than 'Zumba?'

Not the old "Avon Lady" gig????

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Hahaha....upon reading your

Hahaha....upon reading your post,the parrot guffawed while in the process of swallowing a mouthful of parrot 'delites'. Now I have to clean up the mess in his cage.
Is that Fergie posing as the Avon girl?

Bob Berry's picture

It's cold down there

Hard to believe that I actually agree with Riml. Heck, I even found it funny! Nice one.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Damn...how could I possibly

Damn...how could I possibly have left that out? Gotta admit...Alexis is pretty easy on the eyes.

Serously...

We would move first. I have nothing against guns, and actually would like one, but my wife absolutely refuses to have one in the house. I love her more than I do guns, so she wins.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Compromise; buy a case of

Compromise; buy a case of mace.

RONALD RIML's picture

Case of Trebbiano

Thank you.....

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The Trebbiano will put a

The Trebbiano will put a smile on your face, whereas the mace will bring tears to your eyes. My point? Who knows, the parrot typed it.

She does. That's the other

She does. That's the other reason we'll move.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Hahaha....Got it.

Hahaha....Got it.

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