Support the radio ad: No on #I1639

From Citizens Committe for the Right To Keep and Bear Arms:

HARD-HITTING RADIO AD RIPS GUN CONTROL INITIATIVE 1639, SAYS CCRKBA

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

BELLEVUE, WA – A hard-edged radio advertisement blasting Initiative 1639—the 30-page gun control measure now facing Washington State voters—has hit the airwaves, telling listeners that in some Seattle neighborhoods, “if you call 911…it takes 18 minutes for police to arrive.”

The advertisement is sponsored by Washingtonians and the National Rifle Association for Freedom, a political action committee to which the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has significantly contributed. It began airing as ballots began arriving in mailboxes throughout Puget Sound, to remind voters what is at stake. Listen to the advertisement here.

“I-1639,” noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “is opposed by four major statewide law enforcement organizations representing a majority of rank-and-file police officers and sheriff’s deputies: The Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, Washington State Sheriffs Association, Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs and Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association. In addition, the Cowlitz County Deputies and Sergeants Guild is also on record against the measure.

“When boots-on-the-ground lawmen and women oppose a measure that is being promoted as a crime-prevention tool, it is safe to conclude that there is something really wrong with it,” he added, “and I think this radio ad raises some of those issues.”

The radio message challenges voters to set their clocks for 18 minutes and then close their eyes and “imagine you’re waiting for police, and then vote for your safety.”

“We know that police and sheriffs’ departments do as good a job as they possibly can,” Gottlieb noted, “and we thank the men and women who patrol our streets and county roads. The concern is not with law enforcement, but with the initiative mandate of so-called ‘secure storage’ that renders self-defense firearms useless.”

I-1639 is the only gun control issue on the ballot anywhere in the United States this year.

“You can support the effort to keep this advertisement on the air by visiting the ‘Vote No’ website,” Gottlieb noted.

Quote of the day—Defens

The real result if I-1639 passes:
Tim wants to by Bob’s used 10-22.
Bob is the local sheriff’s deputy

Rifle – $200
Unconstitutional taxes and fees – ignored
State background check – ignored, since Tim and Bob have known each other for 20 years. (Remember when you could buy a gun from a dealer without all the paperwork if “known to dealer?”)
Tim becomes a law-breaker
Tim doesn’t fvckin’; care – nor does Bob, since his boss told him not to bother enforcing this POS law.
Since Tim ignored this stupid law, he wonders about other stupid firearms laws
Tim heads out to his shop and builds a suppressor
Bob stops by for a visit
Tim and Bob step out side the shop and pop off a few rounds into the shooting stump.
“Cool silencer!” says Bob.. “Have a nice day!”
“Stay safe, my friend!” says Tim
Liberal assholes in Seattle think they’ve made a major dent in crime.

Defens
October 22, 2018
Comment to Vote No on #I1639
[I mostly agree with this. But it’s a little more complicated than that.

Most of the progressive assholes in Seattle don’t know or care about making “a major dent in crime”. We know this because it turns out that in 2017 Washington had one murder attributed to the use of a rifle, the type of weapon targeted by this law This fact is from the 2017 FBI Uniform Crime Report. If they were concerned about “crime” the would know this can’t possibly make a measurable change. It would appear their primary and desired accomplishment is to “poke a stick in the eyes” of people they don’t like. Probably secondary is that they will now be able to more easily control these “deplorables”. As Ayn Rand pointed out decades ago:

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them.  One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

I believe this is about achieving control over people they find deplorable.—Joe]

Search rankings for #I1639

I checked to see where my blog posts rank when you do a search for #I1639. I found the results interesting:

  • DuckDuckGo puts one of my blog posts at 1.
  • Bing puts one of my blog posts at 1 (after an advertisement).
  • Google puts one of my blog posts at 11.
  • Twitter puts one of my tweets at 16.
  • Yahoo puts one my blogs posts at 87.
  • Facebook doesn’t list it or any of my Facebook posts (even from accounts other than mine).

Make of that whatever you want.

League of Women Voters #I1639 event

Via email from Mike C. we have notice of another League of Women Voters event which includes I-1639. Here is what Mike sent me:

LeagueOfWomenVoters20181020

There is also the event notification on their website:

Saturday, October 20, 2018

10:00 am
Tacoma Public Library Downtown
1102 Tacoma Ave. S.

Tacoma, WA 98402
Ballot
Issue Forum.
This public forum features explanations and speakers pro and
con on the main ballot issues for the November ballot. This includes three
Pierce County Charter amendments, four statewide Initiatives, City of Tacoma
Proposition 1 and Pierce County Rural Libraries Proposition.

No charge.

I have a previous commitment and will not be attending.

Quote of the day—Stephen Paolini

The big thrust is making sure it is at least as hard to purchase a semi-automatic assault rifle as it already to purchase a handgun.

The reality is, initiative 1639 will not end gun violence. It will not stop all gun violence, but it will cut at some of the really big components of it.

Stephen Paolini
Campaign Manager of the ‘Yes on 1639’ campaign
October 17, 2018
Voters to decide fate of Washington’s gun control initiative this Nov.
[Read the article. Notice the complete lack of mention by Paolini for the right of the people to keep and bear arms? That is because he doesn’t care about your rights.

The “big thrust” is against “semi-automatic assault rifles”? Suppose this law were wildly successful and there were no more murders in Washington state committed with rifles of any type. How many lives would be saved compared to the murders committed with other weapons?

It turns out that in 2017 Washington had one murder attributed to the use of a rifle, 75 to the use of handguns, 36 to the use of a knife or cutting instrument, and 18 to hands, fists, feet, etc. This fact is from the 2017 FBI Uniform Crime Report.

So, how can Paolini believe restricting access to a subset of the rifles can “cut at some of the really big components” of “gun violence”? The only way this can be true is if he believes one is a “really big component” of 76. It is true that these type of people have serious problems with comprehending numbers, but is much more likely an alternate hypothesis is true.

Stephen Paolini is a liar and has complete disregard for the rights of others.

So, you have to ask yourself, what is his true motivation?

Do not trust anything to do with this scumbag.—Joe]

Why I-1639 Must Fail

Stolen from Don B:

 

If I-1639 Vote is No

 

If I-1639
Vote Is Yes

 

Bob Smails, a repeat felon, buys a semiautomatic
rifle and uses it to kill a clerk and a customer while robbing a convenience
store.

 

Bob Smails, a repeat felon, buys a semiautomatic
rifle and uses it to kill a clerk and a customer while robbing a convenience
store.

 

 

Nothing
changes here. Criminals do not obey gun laws.

 

 

Disabled 20 year old veteran Latisha Robbins lives
in an area with a significant crime problem due to persistent financial
difficulties. Too young to purchase a handgun, she purchases a light AR15, a
firearm with which she became familiar during her military
service.

 

 

When drug addict Jerry Randall breaks into her
home, he hurriedly flees when Latisha points the rifle at him and click off the
safety.

 

Disabled 20 year old veteran Latisha Robbins lives
in an area with a significant crime problem due to persistent financial
difficulties. Too young to purchase a handgun or an effective rifle for self
defense, she is forced to hope that police officers respond in time to her 911
call.

 

 

When drug addict Jerry Randall breaks into her
home, what he does to her causes the responding officer to cry in his wife’s
arms, after finding Latisha’s body.

 

 

Retired bookstore owner Jerry Rodriguez has been
planning for a hunting trip across the country for over a year. Two weeks
before departure, he is sighting it in at the range and accidentally drops it,
badly damaging the action.

 

 

Chagrined at this misfortune, he is still able to
purchase a used Browning BAR hunting rifle from a store that conducts a
background check before selling it to him. The rifle is sighted in and his
hunting trip is saved.

 

 

Retired bookstore owner Jerry Rodriguez has been
planning for a hunting trip across the country for over a year. Two weeks
before departure, he is sighting it in at the range and accidentally drops it,
badly damaging the action.

 

 

Chagrined at this misfortune, goes to his local gun
store and tries to purchase a used Browning BAR hunting rifle from a store.
Despite his clean background and possession of a Concealed Pistol License
(which would exempt him from a handgun waiting period, though not a redundant
background check), Jerry is unable to purchase the BAR. I-1639’s 10 BUSINESS
DAY waiting period does not exempt CPL holders. It also requires proof of
having completed a training course….without specifying the contents of that
course, who will offer it and requiring that it be reasonably prices an
accessible to all.

 

 

Law enforcement officers are also governed by this
completely undefined process.

 

 

Bob Kowalski loses his 70 year old mother to
cancer, just before Christmas. It has been a hard year for Bob, who is recently
divorced, and he finds it difficult to keep depression at bay. However, he
finds solace in competitive shooting and finds a good therapist who has Bob use
a mild dose of an anti-depression medication for a year. Fortunately, he
ultimately overcomes the depression.

 

 

Bob Kowalski loses his 70 year old mother to
cancer, just before Christmas. It has been a hard year for Bob, who is recently
divorced, and he finds it difficult to keep depression at bay. However, he
finds solace in competitive shooting and finds a good therapist who has Bob use
a mild dose of an anti-depression medication for a year. Fortunately, he
ultimately overcomes the depression.

 

 

Unfortunately, a couple years later the state
legislature adds every person who has ever used any amount of anti-depression
medication to the list of persons unable to legally own any firearms. Bob’s
purchase of a rifle under I-1639 gave the state the means to circumvent HIPAA’s
privacy protections and access his medical records at any point in the future.
As a result of his brief anti-depressant use, all of Bob’s firearms are
confiscated.

 

 

Another consequence of this is that a large number
of people battling depression avoid seeking help to deal with that depression
and even suicidal thoughts. Some end up taking their own
lives.

 

 

Anne Holms is a former single mom whose kids have
grown and moved away. She keeps a pistol for self protection and is
conscientious about keeping it locked when she is not using it. Unfortunately,
the locked container is stolen from her home during a break-in while she is
away.

 

Anne Holms is a former single mom whose kids have
grown and moved away. She keeps a pistol for self protection and is
conscientious about keeping it locked when she is not using it. Unfortunately,
the locked container is stolen from her home during a break-in while she is
away.

 

 

Under I-1639, Anne is guilty of community
endangerment and is prosecuted as a criminal when her gun is stolen and used in
a robbery where a clerk is shot.

 

 

Washington state continues a precarious financial
juggling act, not helped by an Attorney General and Governor repeatedly engaging
in spurious, contrived lawsuits against the Federal
government.

 

Washington state continues a precarious financial
juggling act, not helped by an Attorney General and Governor repeatedly engaging
in spurious, contrived lawsuits against the Federal government.
Making
matters worse the Attorney General and courts will be untangling this initiative
in the courts for decades. For example, the storage requirement is clearly
overruled by the storage findings of the landmark Heller case of 10 years ago.
It will cost the state millions….paid for by peeved
taxpayers.

 

Cabelas hires 10 additional seasonal employees from
early November until just after Christmas.

 

Cabelas hires less seasonal employees during the
holiday season and lays off 2 permanent employees due to the financial chaos
wrought by this overly broad and clumsy initiative.

 

 

The state legislature continues to occasionally
consider firearms laws. As has become virtually a tradition, gun control
activists are given prior notice of hearing dates and are bused in and issued
color-coordinated orange shirts by out of state financier Michael Bloomberg.

 

 

They are still outnumbered by gun rights activists
who manage to take off days from work on short notice. Little
changes.

 

 

The state legislature continues to occasionally
consider firearms laws. As has become virtually a tradition, gun control
activists are given prior notice of hearing dates and are bused in and issued
color-coordinated orange shirts by out of state financier Michael Bloomberg.

 

 

They are still outnumbered by gun rights activists
who manage to take off days from work on short
notice.

 

 

However, some things have
changed.

 

 

          Democrats have
decided that it is now open season on gun owners and begin constant efforts to
enact ever stricter gun laws, like California does. Washington state gun
owners, used to a fairly stable set of laws, are left uncertain from one year
to the next which of their guns will remain legal

 

          Some legislation is
passed without real feedback over a weekend, as was attempted in 2018.

 

          At the same time,
the gun owners who up to now have had a huge stake in obeying all laws conclude
that there is no point in doing so.

 

Of course, the creators of this initiative view nearly all of this as features and not bugs. An increase in crime and chaos paves the way for more government infringement of our rights.

Vote NO on I1639 and ask your friends, relatives, and neighbors to vote no. Get materials to help get the word out.

Donate your time and money to fund efforts (as I have also done) to defeat I-1639.