The float was the creation of the Rock Solid Church, a church that with its apparent obsession with militarism seems to have taken the concept of the Church Militant to a level not seen since the Crusades.
Supervisor Sarah Sterling (First Ward) took up the discussion, presenting photos of the float (the ones shown here) to members of the Common Council. She pointed out that, although the guns used on the float were said to be not real, such "look-alike guns" are illegal. The website lawyers.com states: ". . . federal law requires fake guns to be transparent, brightly colored, or have a bright orange tip at the end of the barrel. New York state law goes further to ban toy guns that are black, blue, silver, or aluminum, and toy firearms must have bright orange stripes that run up both sides of the barrel."
These guns don't appear to comply with any of the requirements.
Presented with this evidence, Alderman Ohrine Stewart (Fourth Ward) lamented, referring to the aldermen riding in the parade on the the replica ship Hudson, "And we couldn't give out candy!"
A young man in the audience summed up best the reason why the float's militarism was inappropriate: "On a day like this, we're supposed to be proud of our country not scared of our country."
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