Today, the new smoking ordinance went into effect, and the opponents of the ordinance are upset.
It's something I can understand. When you don't get what you want, you have every right to be upset. This, however, is a time that you can get mad at the ballot box, the picket line, the legal office...whatever.
Unfortunately, some of those opponents appear to be taking things a little too seriously. On Abdul-Hakim Shabazz's Facebook page, one commenter decided it would be cool to leave the comment "target practice" in reference to a picture Abdul posted of City-County Councillors and Smoke Free Indy officials lauding the new ordinance on Monument Circle.
What a sad political climate we live in. I believe that the smoking ban was the right thing to do for this city, and a bi-partisan group of City-County Councillors and Mayor Ballard agree. I respect that there are some upset people out there, but there's no room for these kinds of threats...even if they might be meant as a joke.
Commenter Paul NonPoet responded to me on Abdul's Facebook:
"I did not say with what I was targeting Jon. Urine or vomit are more than appropriate for such dispicable animals..."