The gun control lobby behind Initiative 594 is already hinting at its next moves in Washington State, which, according to the disturbing report on Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza that was released Friday, might have become home for him and his mother.
I-594 is certainly on the minds of members of the Washington Arms Collectors, who are gathering this weekend for their November gun show in Puyallup. At the table operated by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the Second Amendment Foundation, dozens of people had the same question: What now?
This is the last gun show prior to when I-594 becomes effective early in December. Several people wanted to know if SAF and/or the National Rifle Association are going to take legal action. That appears to be a primary concern of the gun prohibitionists who spent millions of dollars to pass the measure.
In an e-mail yesterday. I-594 campaign chairman Zack Silk posed several questions, asking what people considered to be priorities for the next legislative session that begins in January. It does not require a college degree to figure this one out. Silk wants to know “What should we focus on next in the upcoming legislative session and beyond?”
• Defending 594 from attacks by the gun lobby, whether through a court challenge or legislative action
• Requiring that domestic violence victims are notified when their abusers guns are returned to them
• Expanding the categories of prohibited purchases to included convicted stalkers and other dangerous individuals
• Establishing a legal system that allows family members of someone who they know is dangerous to get a restraining order and prevent those individuals from getting access to a gun including punishments in the law for those who do not safely store firearms and those firearms are accessed by someone and used illegally
This last question might apply to Adam Lanza’s mother. The killer used her guns to attack Sandy Hook Elementary nearly two years ago. By the time he opened fire, of course, Mrs. Lanza was already dead, by her son’s hand. Not much a so-called “safe storage” law could have done to her.
On page 103 of the report, which was released by the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate, readers find this revelation: “Mrs. Lanza indicated an intention to move from Newtown to either Washington or North Carolina. She talked to AL (Adam) about this move and apparently he indicated he would move to Washington with her…Mrs. Lanza told a friend that if she moved to Washington State, she would try to enroll him in a ‘special school.’ She also stated that she wanted him to learn to be more self-sufficient.”
Second Amendment activists could quickly note that, had Lanza moved to Washington, nothing contained in I-594 would have prevented him from committing the horrible crime that initiated the 23-month national gun control effort that led to passage of the measure. Anti-gunners know it.
There was a lot of talk in Puyallup Saturday about I-594 and the way national elections turned out. It was important, say some, that Democrats lost Capitol Hill. But in reality, Washington’s initiative battle was the most important contest of them all because anti-gunners have been energized and emboldened, and they now know all they need is to drown the political and media landscape with money.