Protect Our Gun Rights (POGR) today announced a list of speakers who will appear at a Jan. 15 rally on the capitol steps in Olympia to oppose Initiative 594, which will be followed by an effort for activists to meet with, and possibly educate, their elected representatives on firearms issues.
The roster so far includes State Rep. Brian Blake, a Grays Harbor Democrat, Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to keep and Bear Arms, POGR Executive Director Adina Hicks, Rick Halle, national coordinator for the Gun Rights Coalition, Paige Biron president of the Pink Pistols of Seattle, Joe Huffman with Boomershoot, and Bill Burris, a member of the Washington Arms Collectors Board of Directors and spokesman for the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors’ Association.
The mid-week rally will begin at 9 a.m. Afterwards, starting at about 11 o’clock, citizens attending the event will be encouraged to go find their district lawmakers. They can identify those people by checking online here.
This will be the second anti-594 demonstration. The first, held earlier this month, drew between 1,200 and 2,000 people, depending upon whose estimate one accepts.
POGR suggests that people attending the event wear casual or business attire for the event, as they will be meeting with various state lawmakers. The group also suggests that citizens contact their state lawmakers via telephone at 1-800-562-6000, which is Washington’s Legislative Hotline. The Legislature convenes in about two weeks.
Meanwhile, an Oregon man – Tom Hastings, a PeaceVoice director and teacher at Portland State University – has penned an Op-Ed piece calling for repeal of the “stupid Second Amendment.” The article appeared in Sunday’s Wisconsin Gazette.com.
Hastings argues that what the Supreme Court has done with its Second Amendment rulings was to “not only warp the meaning and make it into twisted law, but to further prohibit states and local governments from declaring their places free of legal guns.” He accused the high court of making it impossible for a city or state to outlaw firearms.
“Repeal the Stupid Second Amendment,” Hastings wrote. “Surround it, grab it, bring it in the back room, pull down the shades, and end it. OK, petition for it, get it on the ballot, and get it done by enough of the US populace, by enough people in enough states, to get it consigned to the dustbin of history.”
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