Today Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels came to Microsoft to talk to a group of us. He talked for about five or ten minutes then opened it up to questions. The first question was about fixing potholes. The second question was mine, “Several months ago you said you were going ban guns on city property. Then the state AG said the city could not do that because of state preemption of gun laws. You said you were going to do it anyway. The Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizen Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said they would sue and had a plaintiff lined up. There is now speculation that you are going to back down. Is this true? Or are you going to go ahead with your plans?”
He explained the situation last year at the Folk Life Festival where a man with a drug habit and some mental problems got in a fight and during the scuffle he pulled his gun and a shot was fired wounding three people. The man had a concealed carry permit. The Mayor said he “absolutely” planned to continue with his plans to ban guns in parks and other public places. This year at Folk Life Festival they had signs up prohibiting people with guns, even with concealed carry permits, and locker storage for people that came with guns. “There were no protests.” That sort of thing will continue he promised.
I was only allowed one question so I could not do a follow up on it. But another guy did. He said that the perp should not have even been allowed to own a gun let alone a permit to carry it concealed. He asked if Nickels believed someone on drugs and with mental problems would obey a sign which said “No guns allowed”. Nickels started talking about the “gun show loophole” and about there being a gun show every weekend in the state and you could pay cash with no questions asked. The “easy access to guns” was the problem.
If it had been a black guy with a drug habit and mental problems would he have gone on a crusade to ban all blacks? Or if it had been a Jew or homosexual would he ban all Jews and homosexuals? If not, then why does he go after gun owners because someone with mental problems and drug habit does something criminal or stupid?
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.
But Mayor Nickels doesn’t recognize that right. He believes he and Seattle are above the law, just like George Wallace thought he didn’t have to obey the law. It took Federal Marshals and the National Guard to get Wallace to obey. Although I think it would be rather amusing to have the Washington State Patrol haul Nickels off to jail I hope Nickels is a quicker study than Wallace and doesn’t waste taxpayer money to continue his war on the civil rights of people in Seattle.