What’s about to happen in Washington State?

Barron was the guest on the 2AToday podcast that came out yesterday. The title is “What’s about to happen in Washington State?” – with Barron Barnett of The Minuteman blog. Barron’s blog post on the topic is here. Barron did well but the OCD engineer in me was annoyed when he said the 18 page I-594 was 17 pages. Then my teeth clenched when he later said it was 16 pages. But that isn’t really important.

What’s important is that a great number of innocent, everyday transfers of guns for educational, training, and recreational use will become crimes if I-594 passes. And the latest poll indicates it has a big lead. But polls can be wrong. As someone pointed out the latest poll was of registered voters, not likely voters.

When we fought against I-676 back in 1997 it had an even greater lead in the pre-election surveys and yet it went down in flames 71 to 29 (Barron also got the numbers wrong for that one too, he said 70 to 20, my OCD issues are probably the reason I don’t have many friends).

If you are one of the good guys in Washington State who votes for freedom please get your ballot in the mail on time. If we can win this even though Bloomberg, Gates, Ballmer, Allen, and a few millionaires are bankrolling the forces of evil it will strongly discourage them from trying again. After defeating I-676 back in ‘97 we have had almost nothing but improvement in our gun laws since then. Defeat this issue here and maybe we will have another 15 or 20 years of successes.

7 thoughts on “What’s about to happen in Washington State?

  1. I don’t see the problem – let the coast vote itself more chains. Then the eastern (sane) half can secede and join with Idaho.

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  3. Sorry, but with mail-in ballots the only thing that counts in winning an election is who has the ability to put forged ballots into the pile to be counted.

    And I think we all know who owns the counting of the ballots in Washington.

    To win, you not only have to overcome the opposition votes, you have to overcome the margin of fraud.

  4. Sorry, I realized the page fault when I listened to it after sleeping. By the time I recorded that I was exhausted. I was hoping to finally get a weekend of hibernation but it looks like I’m back in battery for stuff at work.

    There are a handful of things I would have done differently now than I would have last week. I’ve thrown them into the AAR for lessons learned.

  5. It’s the OCD that has kept us alive through the manufacture of 15 to 20 tons of explosives over the years, so we’ll forgive you on that account. 🙂
    Every time that I talk to someone about it who’s neutral, it only takes a minute to convince them it’s a bad law, even if they like the idea of a background check in general. Give them three quick examples that could apply to them, and they are suddenly all “That’s absurd!”…. Yes, I agree, but that’s what the 18 page law says.
    It seems to help to emphasize that it BG-checks sales and transfers which are defined very broadly, then has some exemptions which it defines very narrowly, creating a legal minefield. Then give the examples that might apply to them – you can loan a gun to your mother, but not your mother in law, your wife but not your fiancee. A “hunting loan” doesn’t apply if they so much as cross a road, because it’s not legal to hunt and shoot on, from, or across a road. Or, as an example to my neighbor, if you get divorced and he just up and leaves, leaving a gun behind, if you are clearing things out a year later and go to sell it it may be a problem because you didn’t register it within 60 days of taking constructive possession. Run through a quick few examples, note that they are ripe for uneven enforcement and therefore will be selectively enforced, and they might still like the idea of universal background checks but will vote against the proposed law.
    My gut says the poles are way wrong, because they are asking about the idea of background checks, not the actual facts of this bill. Here’s hoping I’m right.

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