CHERRY TREE, Pa. – Cherry Tree is as small-town as it gets, with one blink-and-you’ll-miss-it intersection, about 100 families spread across the Susquehanna River valley, and virtually no crime.
Which is why many folks are mystified about why a councilman wants all homeowners in this peaceful, rural nook of Western Pennsylvania to be armed and ready to defend themselves.
His proposed civil protection ordinance, which urges residents to get a gun and learn how to shoot it, will be discussed tonight at a meeting of the Cherry Tree Town Council. The measure would make firearm instruction available at the Borough Hall.
“I don’t remember ever hearing about a burglary or murder,” Councilman Drax Felton said.
But to Henry Statkowski, the retired Army master sergeant behind the idea, it’s this simple: Homeland security begins at home.