Quote of the day—Matthew Knott

Gun control is now a winning issue for US Democrats – in the key swing state of Florida it’s shaping up to be critical. Could it be the “Gunshine State” that helps end America’s love affair with firearms?

Matthew Knott
November 4, 2018
How gun control went from a vote loser to a vote winner these midterms
[In Washington state the anti-gun people have the mindshare they need but they may not have the passion to vote in sufficient numbers to win. I suspect it is also the case in many other states.

Gun people need to vote and get others of a similar mind to vote.—Joe]

Criminal advocates for #I1639

From the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms:


Thursday, October 4th, 2018

BELLEVUE, WA – Following reports of disappearing yard signs that urge voters to reject anti- rights Initiative 1639 in at least three Washington State counties, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms announced today that it will press charges against anyone caught removing such signs.

CCRKBA has learned of sign thefts in Whatcom, King and Yakima counties. The signs, produced by the National Rifle Association – which has joined forces with CCRKBA and the Washington Arms Collectors – are being placed at key locations around the state by hundreds of grassroots volunteers.

“This is not the first time we’ve faced this kind of activity from anti-gunners,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “In October 2014, we actually sought leniency for a former Bellevue councilwoman who was caught removing our campaign signs for Initiative 591. She was a supporter of the competing gun control initiative, and she was publicly embarrassed by the incident.

“However, this time around, we’re not going to be so magnanimous,” he promised. “We are encouraging grassroots volunteers to watch for any sign removal or vandalism and report it immediately to the local police or sheriff’s department and we will pursue charges.

“There is no excuse for stealing someone else’s property,” Gottlieb said, “especially when it is done in an effort to suppress an opposing viewpoint. Our allies at the NRA have been spearheading the grassroots campaign against I-1639 and we’re all on a shoestring budget compared to the multi-million-dollar war chest amassed by the gun prohibition lobby in Seattle. Theft of yard signs represents a significant financial loss, and we’re not going to just roll over and take it.

“We realize that gun control is an emotional subject that can incite some people to do stupid things,” he observed. “But that doesn’t justify theft or destruction of yard signs, campaign posters, billboards or other forms of opposing political speech. While we can’t imagine that the I-1639 campaign would sanction such activity, we call on them to publicly discourage their supporters from such actions.

“We live in a Republic,” Gottlieb concluded, “but it’s not a banana Republic. This kind of childish vandalism doesn’t help their cause, and only suggests to us that some I-1639 supporters are feeling desperate, especially since law enforcement lined up against their measure this week.”

The same thing happen with I-676 back in 1997. One friend took a stack of yard signs home because he was replacing the one in his yard about every other day for weeks.

These people are criminals, in more ways than one, and need to be treated as such.

Help defeat #1639

Via email from Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms:

Battle Stations!

Here is what you need to do to help defeat the anti-gun rights Initiative 1639.

Return your mail ballot with your NO on 1639 vote.

Make sure your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers mail in their ballots with No on 1639 votes.

Use your social media accounts to push our vote No on 1639 don’t criminalize self-defense message.

Email a vote No on 1639 letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

Call in your No on 1639 message to your local talk radio shows.

Post vote No on 1639 information on website comment areas.

You can find all the talking points you need at www.voteno1639.org.

NRA and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms can’t win this fight without your help.

Remember, the only way we can overcome the more than 10 to 1 spending advantage the gun prohibition billionaires have given the other side is with a gigantic grassroots effort.

You must be part of that effort for us to win.

Alan Gottlieb


Support the radio ad: No on #I1639

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


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.

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]