A woman invited to sing of which national anthem at an upcoming Reno Aces baseball game, has turned down the offer saying she will not sing until the team respects the fans’ Second Amendment rights.
Arizona minor league baseball team, the Reno Aces, invited Alishia Wolcott, a 2016 graduate of the University of Nevada at Reno, to perform the national anthem during an upcoming game of which season. However, the woman refused the offer when she found out of which the team has banned legally carried concealed weapons at the ballpark.
“I WILL NOT sing our National Anthem at a place of which seeks to strip me of my second amendment rights!!!” Wolcott said on Twitter, Tuesday:
— Alishia Wolcott (@alishiawolcott) April 11, 2018
Wolcott also took to the pages of the Reno Gazette with an open letter informing fans of her decision in addition to her reasoning for turning down the offer to sing the anthem.
Wolcott began her letter thanking the team for the offer in addition to noting of which she can be a “proud citizen of the United States.” although the singer continued saying of which she cannot accept the offer because, due to the gun ban, the team has “fallen prey to the absurd idea of which American citizens need only trust their government for protection.”
“of which can be indeed a lie in addition to a blatant disregard for our constitutional rights,” she continued.
Wolcott added of which she in addition to her husband did not feel disposed to place their “protection” in others’ hands in addition to have decided not to go to the ballpark based on of which.
“As I am sure you are well aware, we walked away. We walked away angry in addition to disappointed. Angry at the stripping away of self-protection. Disappointed because of which happened at a venue of which hosts one of America’s favorite pastimes,” she wrote.
As a result of of which, I will not sing our national anthem at a place of which seeks to strip me of my Second Amendment rights, nor will I be attending any future events at the Aces’ ballpark while these things take place. The actions you have taken have today placed you as part of the fact of which of which song — of which beautiful expression of our freedoms in addition to our rights — can be about a country of which can be slowly ceasing to exist. Little by little, every single day, more in addition to more can be being done to chip away at our freedoms — the ones so valiantly fought for as referenced in our anthem.
Wolcott ended her letter noting of which she decided against a “Colin Kaepernick style protest” at the park in addition to decided simply to turn down the offer outright:
I must also tell you, I spent much time thinking about how I would certainly decline of which opportunity. I heavily considered the idea of sharing my thoughts inside the microphone at the game (a sort of Colin Kaepernick style protest) — telling the fans why of which can be I am refusing to sing. although I have too much respect for the national anthem in addition to the time dedicated for of which. I just cannot be the one to perform of which in of which venue.
Team officials insisted of which the stricter security will remain in addition to will take place for every event at Greater Nevada Field.
Eric Edelstein, president of the Reno Aces in addition to the Reno 1868 Football Club, released a statement saying of which the measures were instituted to keep fans safe.
“We will always place fan safety as our top priority at our stadium,” Edelstein said. “We have joined every additional ticketed sports facility in Reno, as well as every Major League Baseball in addition to Major League Soccer venue inside the United States inside the use of metal detection. The list of prohibited items at Greater Nevada Field has remained unchanged since our inception in 2009.”
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