Historically, Washington State has been a pretty good place to own a firearm. Open carrying a firearm is legal, (though I personally am not fond of it) purchasing a firearm is a reasonably simple process, we are a ‘shall issue’ state for concealed pistol permits, and even our state constitution guarantees the right of individuals to bear arms;
SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.
These historical rights are currently being ignored by soft-hearted social justice promoters as they attempt to pass this onerous initiative. Proponents of I-594 present it as a simple ‘background check’ law. Think about it, 18 pages for a simple background check? Trust me, if you understand and appreciate your 2nd Amendment freedoms, you don’t want to just pass it to see what is in it. There is a whole lot more to it than ‘background checks’, which are already required for every sale of a handgun in Washington State! Check here if you don’t believe me. This law is a thinly disguised ploy for gun control. The mantra of “we all desire to keep guns out of the hands of criminals” liberally spread by the anti-gun extremists comes across as ‘moral’, ‘gun violence prevention’ and ‘freedom from violence’, but they are using it in a manipulative way to further an agenda of intimidation and gun control. One of the oldest and largest law enforcement organizations, the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs strongly oppose this law, as well as the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association. When law enforcement agencies, after examining carefully the pros and cons, see the pitfalls of a poorly designed law, shouldn’t it cause voters to really examine the facts?
Another big hurrah I-594 supporters like to showcase is that they will be responsible for ‘closing the gun show loophole’ which they cry allows bad guys to purchase guns without a background check. Another lie, as the above link will remind us, is the proof that all handgun sales are already subject to backgrounds checks. In addition, the US Department of Justice for the last 23 years, has been asking bad guys in prison where they got their guns for their crimes. Only 0.6-0.8 percent of inmates picked up their tools of the trade at a gun show. Where do you suppose the rest of those bad guys got their guns from?
It’s a funny thing about genuine criminals; they couldn’t care less about the passage of laws. They live outside of the laws-hence, the term ‘criminal’…but I digress. When are these well-meaning anti-gun folks going to understand that where there is a deviant will, there is a deviant way? Criminals will continue to acquire guns the same ways as always;
~steal them, (shocking, I know)
~buy them on the black market (yes, it actually exists) or,
~convince with force or threats some poor schmuck to buy it for them via straw purchases. (I know, how mean, right?)
If gun control was truly effective, then Chicago and Washington DC should be a couple of the safest places to stroll hand in hand with your sweetheart down a softly lit street in the middle of the night. These two locations are, you see, just two of the tightest regulated regions when it comes to acquiring/owning a firearm. Why is it that reasonable, thinking people, when presented with crime statistics, can do the simple math? Yet the ‘progressive’ governing authorities, in the face of increasing ‘gun’ violence can only come up with their repetitive nonsense; “We need stronger gun laws!!” Hmmm…I once read that the definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results…. “Gun violence” is a farce, by the way; I mean, why don’t they care about knife violence? Or hammer violence? Tire iron violence? I guess being a victim of one of those types of assaults or murders is less traumatic or dangerous…*cough*
“Stronger” laws are not a threat to asocial individuals ruled by the lusts of their flesh and possessing no ability to discipline themselves into respectable citizens of our society. Why is that so hard to understand? The only thing this terrible law will do is make brand new criminals out of decent, law abiding citizens doing what has been perfectly acceptable and legal for many years. These new and inexperienced criminals will be much easier to catch and prosecute than the real criminals who have collected many ‘get out of jail with a slap on the wrist cards’. Then, when the fresh, new ‘criminals’ are caught in the legal system, you can expect the I-594 bunch to be doing plenty of patting themselves on the back to celebrate how ‘effective’ they have been in keeping guns out of the hands of ‘dangerous criminals’! O.o
Please, don’t follow the hysteria….use common sense and vote no on I-594.