WA gun owners facing threat of gun ban initiative

Gun rights activists who gathered at the state capitol in Olympia, Washington earlier this year to listen to Rep. Matt Shea are facing the threat of a gun ban initiative. (Dave Workman)

Washington State Second Amendment activists were just put on notice by a gun control proponent who wrote Thursday night, after the state legislature failed to act on certain anti-gun bills, that, “The state will likely see an initiative that would slap an outright ban on the sale of military-style weapons.”

According to the Seattle P-I.com, which can’t distinguish between gun “control” and gun “safety,” it is probable that the deep-pocket gun prohibition lobby will try to pass a third anti-gun measure in the Evergreen State. That lobby, with the big bucks of billionaires ready to buy an election, has been raising money on the Valentine’s Day mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Friday morning, anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety sent out an email beg for donations to support the planned March 24 “March for our Lives.” It’s an anti-Second Amendment protest allegedly organized by high school students who evidently aren’t old enough to own guns – in the eyes of the gun prohibition lobby – but are eminently qualified to dictate firearms policy to people who are old enough.

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Thursday night, the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility wanted donations to support a lobbying effort to lobby Congress to “pass lifesaving legislation that will prevent future tragedies.”

But isn’t that what all those other gun control measures were supposed to have done? The Alliance, with Bloomberg’s support, passed Initiative 594 – the universal background check measure – in Washington back in 2014. It didn’t prevent the 2016 triple slaying of teens in Mukilteo, nor did it prevent that fall’s shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington that claimed five lives.

Social media has been busy Friday with Washington state rights activists wondering what’s next. Now, apparently, they know.

Gun control advocate Joel Connelly, writing in the Seattle P-I.com, put it bluntly: “The time has come to kick butt on banning military-style weapons. Quiet pleasure can be taken in telling the gun lobby: Move on over, or we’ll move on over you.”

This isn’t a warning to law-abiding Evergreen State gun owners who haven’t harmed anybody, it’s a threat. These gun owners are on notice that it’s time for them to organize, start raising money, and dig in.

As Wyatt Earp supposedly told an adversary at the famed OK Corral shootout, “The fight’s commenced. Get to fighting or get away.”


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