Apparently they are missing the message about how the citizens feel about top-down, heavy handed government.
But regardless of that, they are definartely headed towards becoming "a problem" both as regards their response to the lawful carry of firearms and as regards their notions of using social media to conduct public business.
The way it is now, citizen participation is pretty much taken up by those who are willing to put some effort into their being a part of the process. If virtual meetings are opened up so that every bozo with a keyboard can - and will - chime in with what they think is actally worth two cents, then it will become impossible to conduct any business. Are there plans to deal with thread drift, personal attacks, side issues and just the overwhelmingness of wading through so many comments coming in so fast and furious that it will be neigh onto impossible to keep up with them, let alone get to some sort of understanding of them? And the masses will whine even more mightily when decisions ae not being made based on the mere volume of likes/dislikes.More concerning to officials is that other citizens are not participating in public discourse because of the climate. "It takes a significant event for someone to come out, at this point," Middaugh said.
In response, officials are exploring ways to exploit technology, such as setting up virtual town hall meetings. Those would allow people to participate from home. Changes in people's preferences are already pushing government that way, he said.
It's getting to the point that I think it would be worth while at every public meeting to read the first paragraph* of Marko Kloos' "Why the Gun Is Civilization" and then inform the public servants that the gun you are wearing is there only should they decide that they are no longer interested in/willing to convincing by reason and want instead to resort to force.
* -http://munchkinwrangler.wordpress.co...-civilization/Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.