Wednesday, March 6, 2013

If You're Freaking Out About Martial Law, Calm Down

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Nope. Not happening here.

Tuesdays are generally a busy day around here, as we wrap up our print edition (with Adam Rex on the cover! On newsstands nowish!), so when people kept calling yesterday to ask why the city council imposed martial law on Tucson (thanks for nothing, Infowars), it was a somewhat unwelcome distraction. While the panic has calmed down somewhat, here is a quick guide to why you don't need to worry about Resolution 22006.

1. The city council didn't hand over control of the city to the military. The idea that this would even been likely is somewhat comical, but Resolution 22006 was merely a measure supporting Davis-Monthan's continued existence. Whether you agree with that idea is something else entirely, but still it's just a ceremonial measure.

2. The language about an emergency (not a "state of emergency," as we generally think of such things) is in nearly everything the City Council passes, so they can implement whatever they're doing immediately. Example, would a renewal of a contract to run the Temple of Music and Art warrant some sort of emergency status? Not really, but Resolution 22005 declares a similar emergency.

So, outside of the general idea that something very, very peculiar would have to happen to have the city council (usually mocked for being too liberal) to hand over control of the city to the military, knowing a little about how local government works will usually keep these sort of wild misunderstandings from happening. Plus, it might help to delete your Infowars.com browser bookmark.

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