2019 was a long time in coming, for Don Spencer. The retiree had always been a passionate and principled advocate for constitutional respect for personal rights of self defense and citizen empowerment. But this year Don was able to gather together so many advocates toward a common cause and pathway for success.
I was with him in January when common citizens did what the elected officers could not do.. Defeat an overreach of the State's Ethics Commission. they were slated to enact some oppressive requirements on our constitutional rights of redress of grievance and petitioning of govt. Don and so many others did their part to tell these un-elected bureaucrats that they have forgotten their place and their limited mandate. We prevailed.
In February he had a docket of bills authored by collaborative lawmakers to restore major 2nd amendment rights to keep and bear arms. His efforts for Permitless Carry turned into Governor Stitt's 1st signing of a new law. It was a repeal of onerous restrictions on peaceable citizens.
A collection of other laws then followed, but none will be as big as Permitless Carry.
Don showed he wasn't sheepish about establishing his rights in the face of police threats. He stared into the faces of more than a half dozen real and pretend cops at the Tulsa OctoberFest. While the cops blocked his armed entry, he's still assessing a lawsuit option, based on the video evidence he methodically keeps at every expected confrontation.
2019 Citizen of the Year: Don Spencer