A columnist for the Seattle Times wrote earlier this week that Seattle “was hostile territory for” supporters of President-elect Donald Trump, and that he only received 8 percent of the vote in the city Nov. 8.
Just how visceral is this liberal hatred? According to Times columnist Danny Westneat, “Seattle’s distaste for Trump ran deeper than in most any other big American city, including San Francisco (where Trump got 10 percent), Chicago (13 percent), Philadelphia (15 percent) and New York (18 percent). A few cities — such as Washington, D.C. (Trump’s new home!) and Detroit — did top Seattle for Trump animosity, blasting him by 93 to 4 percent and 95 to 3 percent, respectively.”
This is the city that elected an avowed socialist to the city council. Now that council member, Kshama Sawant, is under severe criticism for encouraging demonstrations against Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.
Seattle is where a former mayor tried to ban firearms in public park facilities, only to be beaten in court twice by gun rights organizations under Washington State’s 33-year-old model preemption act. The far left city government has wanted to erode or overturn that preemption law since it took effect in 1983, but the Legislature appears in no mood to surrender its authority to regulate firearms uniformly from one border to the other.
The Times reported that Sawant’s office has been flooded with angry telephone calls and e-mail messages, and there is even a petition on-line calling for her removal from the city council.
“On Inauguration Day, we are going to shut it down,” Sawant declared at a protest a few days ago.
What makes the situation even more interesting today is that two gun rights organizations headquartered in Bellevue, across Lake Washington to the east of Seattle, have called on the incoming president to have an assistant attorney general appointed to go after abuses of the Second Amendment by state and local governments. If that happens, Seattle could wind up in the crosshairs for adopting a so-called “gun violence tax” on firearm and ammunition sales.
The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms floated the suggestion publicly on Wednesday.
While voters in most of King County, which encompasses Seattle, backed Hillary Clinton, there are still nearly 100,000 adults in the county who possess active concealed pistol licenses, according to the Department of Licensing.
Trump is widely seen as having attracted overwhelming support from gun owners determined to prevent Clinton from becoming president and changing the balance on the U.S. Supreme Court.
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