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Eye in the Crowd - Anti-Weapons Bill Stirs Controversy
by JOSHUASIGEP44, Staff Writer
Palanthas - In the past few months the Herald has given much in the way of attention, and press in an attempt to cover the Palanthas's ever-growing crime rate. Numerous suggestions and countless speeches have been made and given on what should and could be done to combat the Cityhome's mounting problems.
The very best of these ideas was the forming of the Golden shield. The very worst was the Mind Reading bill that nearly tore the city apart. The very latest attempt to keep the criminal element in check belongs to Senator Benton Uth Fradeth.
On Majetag past, Senator Benton Uth Fradeth brought a new bill to the senate floor for discussion. If passed, this bill will prohibit weapons trading in both the Merchandising District and the Trade Exchange. By closing those two venues to all weapon traders, Senator Benton Uth Fradeth intends to restrict weapons sales to Smith's Alley. By limiting the availability of weapons to a central location, the Senator hopes to be able to exercise a modicum of control over who is buying arms that might be used in future crimes. So the Herald wants to know...
Do you think Senator Benton Uth Fradteh's bill has any real chance of stopping crime?
Benton Uth Fradeth, Senator of Palanthas, said the following in defense of his bill:
"I fail to understand the opposition reasoning in regard to this issue. My bill would make it easier for the City Guard to police all weapon sales, and keep a close eye on any suspicious characters. As if that was not enough, the bill would do much in the restoration of Smith's Alley which, in better times, was the sole place to buy arms in the city. Small wonder that the city had a much small crime rate when Smiths Alley was in use."
Giles Farha, blacksmith and veteran of the War of Souls, angrily stated:
"Who is he to tell me where I can and can't sale my wares. It will cost me a fortune to move my shop, material, and tools. Do you have any idea how much a anvil weighs? I have been in my current location for years. If I'm to move then they should pay for it. It's a small matter really. The people he is trying to catch will just go to some of my more shady competitors. All this bill will succeed in doing is make legal arms trade in Palanthas unprofitable."
Jena Uth Korrin, chairman of the Palanthas Merchants Guild, argued against the injustice of the proposed bill by exclaiming the following:
"This is just another blatant attempt by the fools in the City Senate to control the lives of those that call Palanthas home. It's funny that this bill comes on the heels of the Merchants Guild's request to have the Senate requisition for the release of the two Guild members currently being held in Tarsis."