Today’s Seattle Times shows that they’re back to calling gun control by its alias, “gun safety,” in a story about ten things to watch as the legislative session unfolds, while in Colorado, the press in Glenwood Springs remains intellectually honest by noting that Republicans are opening their session by “moving fast to repeal gun-control legislation Colorado Democrats passed two years ago.”
What is it with the press? Who is it they think they’re fooling? Are they really fooling anyone?
The Times story reports that the same so-called “gun-safety advocates” behind passage of Initiative 594 – the 18-page gun control measure passed by voters in November and challenged by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) in December – now “want to push for more laws.” This certainly lives up to the pattern that gun prohibitionists have established over the years. They’re never satisfied.
Down in Colorado, Republicans controlling the State Senate may have a tough time repealing the onerous gun laws that have cost the state industry and jobs, but it puts House Democrats and Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper in the position of having to defend their votes. The effort demonstrates that GOP leaders in the Senate are willing to bring up an uncomfortable topic that the gun control crowd would rather just go away.
This Thursday’s planned “Rally for Your Rights” in Olympia by various Second Amendment rights organizations will be an opportunity for gun owners to talk about genuine safety. It will be pretty easy to tell the difference between the pros and pretenders. The National Rifle Association has a nationwide network of firearm safety instructors, and last week, SAF launched its own training division.
Back in November on the day after the election, both the Seattle Times and Seattle P-I.com both referred to I-594 as a “gun control” victory. Today’s fallback to the “safety” masquerade merely reinforces the notion that gun owners have of the press as being disingenuous if not downright deceptive.
Second Amendment activists are determined to beat back gun control in both Washington and Colorado. In the Northwest, they’re trying both in the legislative and legal arenas, while in the Centennial State, they’re hoping state lawmakers come to their senses.
Merely defying a law will not make it go away. If gun owners are to realize their goals in either state, the onerous laws they oppose must be rolled back in the legislatures or defeated in the courts.
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