Second Amendment activists all over the map could take a lesson from Northwest Firearms forum members who are calling for a big turnout this Saturday in Southwest Washington for the 13th annual “Pick Up the Burn” trash cleanup and maintenance event in the Yacolt Burn State Forest.
It comes as the gun prohibition lobby has launched an attack on 17th District freshman Rep. Lynda Wilson. They complain that the pro-Second Amendment Wilson “spent the session co-sponsoring bills designed to repeal” Initiative 594. Based on comments left on the Facebook page where this little drama is playing out, under the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s (WAGR) “Hold Them Accountable” campaign of intimidation, Wilson has a lot of fans out there urging her to “keep up the good work.”
By no small coincidence, Wilson’s district is in the same region as this weekend’s gathering site for the clean-up volunteers. Shooters will be joined by hikers and other forest users to not only pick up trash but also help with campground improvements and “performing general maintenance.” Bring a shovel, fill in a pothole.
Yesterday, WAGR issued yet another of its seemingly unending e-mail funding appeals. This one warns anti-gunners that they mustn’t allow the so-called gun lobby to “get away with it.” That is, they want to silence gun owners and those who represent their views in Olympia.
The gun prohibition lobby is particularly irked that more pet legislation did not pass during the regular session of the Legislature. However, with the special session now unfolding, there may be renewed action on the gun control agenda.
The annual cleanup event is something recreational shooters could do anywhere they shoot on public land. Far too many people come to the gravel pits with old appliances, bowling pins, spray cans, computers, televisions and the like, shoot them up and leave them. These pigs spoil it for all the other shooters who face being regulated out of traditional shooting areas because of the trash, which in some cases could rise to the level of toxic waste.
Thursday morning, Snohomish County activist Robert Arco, a founder of the American Rights Movement, was fired up over the House resurrection of a couple of gun control measures that didn’t make it through the regular session. Those measures are HB 1713, which was passed again last night by the House and HB 1857, which was amended in the Senate originally, but the House would not agree with the amendments.
History is likely to repeat itself on both measures, and Joe Waldron confirmed via telephone this morning that he will discuss the situation in tomorrow evening’s GOAL Post, from the Gun Owners’ Action League of Washington. Arco was curious about the resurrection of these two bills, but they are merely among several bits of legislation that were pulled back to life with the special session.
On the subject of stewardship, Northwest Sportsman – which carries this correspondent’s byline monthly – is tracking the reported death of a wolf along I-90 east of North Bend earlier this week. The Daily Record in Ellensburg is also reporting on this, and there’s a lively conversation occurring at Hunting-Washington.
There is already a move afoot to delist wolves in Washington, Oregon and Utah, the newspaper reported. Of all the wolf management plans in the West, the Evergreen State’s is seen as the most egregious by the hunting community, because it seems to require more confirmed wolf packs, yet Washington is the smallest western state.
Weigh in below on wolf management, and don’t be shy. Should wolves be delisted; that is, removed from the Endangered Species Act protection? Should wolves be hunted to manage their populations, and to reduce predation on deer and elk herds?
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