On Independence Day, do Americans really know what that means?


Dawn is always a good time to reflect, about where we have come and where were may be going, as a nation observing its independence.

As we celebrate on this Fourth of July, exactly 240 years after a visionary group of men declared their independence from a nation and government that no longer represented their interests or honored their liberty, it seems a good time to ask people if they understand what that meant, and still means today.

In California the other day, a few dozen citizens gathered to protest several “gun control” measures signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. As the Sacramento Bee noted, one of the bills expanded the state’s ban on so-called “assault weapons” to include semi-auto sport utility rifles fitted with the “bullet button” mechanism. He also signed bills to ban full capacity magazines and require background checks to purchase ammunition.

Brown’s signatures forever put the lie to claims by the gun prohibition lobby that “nobody is going to take your guns.” The taking may be incremental, but the outcome is the same.

On Capitol Hill, according to Fox News, House Democrats are reportedly planning more actions to push gun control measures. Many might ask, is this the action of a political party that professes to represent freedom?

Meanwhile, there is increasing anecdotal evidence that increasing numbers of people are arming up. KSTP reported that the Twin City chapter of the Pink Pistols, a gay gun rights organization, is growing. This is in reaction to the terror attack in Orlando, where it appears gays were specifically targeted.

In Washington State, the Department of Licensing reported that as of June 30, there were 546,398 active concealed pistol licenses in circulation. That figure is up 5,682 from the 540,716 CPLs reported at the end of May.

Recall that Washington is considered a “blue” state, but outside of Seattle and away from the liberal enclaves along the I-5 corridor, politics become increasingly “red” the farther east one travels. Still, in King County—where Seattle sees itself as the center of the universe—more than 97,600 people are licensed to carry, and roughly one in five is female.

With perhaps the most divisive national elections looming in four months, with political party conventions unfolding later this month in Cleveland and Philadelphia, as the nation celebrates its 240th birthday, the really hard work lies ahead.


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