I started my own reply, then saw a reader reply that summed it up perfectly:
"Council members said they realize the measure may be illegal, but feel they must do something to address" illegal activity.
Its the "If ya can't beat 'em join 'em" philosophy of crime fighting !
I have a daughter. I tell her, "911 is what you dial after you're raped. 1911 is what you should have before they try."