$1 million for WA gun control effort from billionaire Allen

Billionaire Paul Allen just donated $1 million to a gun control campaign in Washington State. (Screen capture, YouTube, CBS)

Billionaire Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen just donated $1 million to a gun control campaign in the Evergreen State aimed at raising the age limit for buying semi-auto rifles, criminalizing “unsafe” storage and establishing a 10-day waiting period on certain gun purchases.

Allen and another wealthy anti-gunner, Nick Hanauer, each kicked in a cool million Monday to the campaign for Initiative 1639. It’s not confiscatory like the measure in neighboring Oregon that seeks to ban so-called “assault weapons” outright. But it does prohibit young adults from exercising their Second Amendment rights while they can still join the military, get married, enter into contracts and vote.

Hanauer was taken to task by a Seattle radio personality for being a world-class hypocrite. Seattle’s Jason Rantz at KTTH wrote at MyNorthwest.com:

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“Hanauer previously donated a hefty sum to the Honest Elections/Democracy Vouchers initiative, which aimed to get ‘wealthy and political elite’ from having such influence over elections.

“I-122 is a good first step toward campaign finance reform,” Hanauer posted on his Facebook page.

“Hanauer doesn’t practice what he preaches. He donated $1 million to Initiative 1639, which would raise the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21 and mandate training and waiting periods. It addresses a problem that doesn’t exist in Washington state and the latest from Progressives to weaken our Second Amendment rights.”

Hanauer and Allen, along with Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and Michael Bloomberg, helped bankroll Initiative 594 back in 2014. That’s the so-called “universal background check” measure that was supposed to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

However, when the Tacoma News Tribune reported on Allen’s generosity to the anti-gun Alliance for Gun Responsibility, it ran another story that underscored what has always been wrong with gun control laws that target law-abiding citizens: criminals don’t comply.

The report was about two brothers, ages 16 and 19, who were arrested after opening fire at the Tacoma Mall parking lot several days ago. When the cops searched their car, they reportedly found “methamphetamine, marijuana, pills and a drug scale” along with a handgun stashed under the passenger seat.

They were charged with first-degree assault, drive-by shooting and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, the News Tribune reported. And the younger brother also got sacked for unlawful possession of a firearm. In the Evergreen State, driving around with a handgun in your car as a teenager is prohibited, especially if shots are fired.

This case might be held up as yet another failure of the 2014 initiative to perform as advertised. Despite that, wealthy elitists are supporting this new initiative effort, according to the Seattle P-I.com, did the following:

“The event yielded three donations of $100,000, two givers of $50,000, three people donating $25,000, seven gifts of $10,000, plus 13 givers coming in at $5,000.

“More than 80 people came in at $1,000,” the story continued, “with their gifts being matched to the tune of $3,000.”

Clearly, Washington State gun owners, or young adults hoping to become gun owners, are facing a daunting challenge. Not only is it money, but misinformation – exemplified by this clip from Google – that confuses the issue.

It was a straight question, but the answer hardly was.

Grassroots gun owners will need to organize, and stop relying on a relative handful of rights advocates by telling them to “Keep up the good work” and then going back to the easy chair and not even voting. Telling someone else to “Keep up the good work” is a dodge, an expectation that someone else will handle the heavy lifting, and there will be plenty of that to do if this initiative gets on the ballot.


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