“Every time the anti-gunners want to push gun control, they say we are doing this for the children,” said Alan Gottlieb with the Second Amendment Foundation. “It’s almost like it’s their lead banner every single time, no matter what.”
They say the ban violates Washington State’s long-standing preemption statute.
“The ban makes it impossible, under threat of criminal trespass penalty, to lawfully carry firearms for the protection of spouses, partners and children on public property where these citizens have a right to be,” he said.
But there was some support for the ban at Green Lake.
“I don’t know why anyone needs a gun at a playground or any place where there are kids around,” said Brain Nevenhouse.
But for others, they say the need for protection is everywhere. One of those party to the suit is Bob Kennar who supervises parolees for the state. He carries his own gun, because some of the bad guys don’t like him.
“It’s in the back of my mind,” Kennar said. “I don’t lose sleep over it, but like the police I know there’s a chance that could happen.”
Kennar has carried a gun for 29 years. He says the city of Seattle can’t tell him no.
Ray Carter is gay. He’s a founder of the Seattle Chapter of Pink Pistols. He carries a .380 because he says gays are targets and police can’t prevent that.
“They can show up in time to write the report and mop up the blood and maybe find out who did it,” Carter said. “As a potential victim that doesn’t do me a lot of good.”
Carter and Kennar use parks and community centers They understand the desire to protect children, but say they need protection too.
Ray Carter is a Seattle area blogger who uses a pseudonym so I’ll not provide the link to his blog. But I have known Ray since long before there were blogs. Ray has been a force in gun rights for many years. See for example this Seattle Time Editorial that mentions both Ray and I. It was at a pizza restaurant in Seattle where Ray, some other pro-gun people and I were planning our (political) attack against the anti-gun organization Washington CeaseFire who had been scoring some painful blows against our rights in the late 1990s. It was Ray who said we should call our little organization Washington Cease Fear. It was while doing work for this group that I came up with my Jews in the Attic Test. That organization didn’t thrive even though it still exists as a the Yahoo Group ceasefear. About a year after our founding and work on Capital Hill (see the Jews in the Attic Test web page) the Pink Pistols came out with essentially the same idea and took the nation by storm. Ray was a founding member of the Seattle Chapter of the Pink Pistols.
I’m not surprised he is taking point on this lawsuit.