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  • So You Wanna Be a Socialist? In Seattle, Youíve Got Options

    02/27/2017 1:59:01 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Seattle Weekly ^ | February 27, 2017 | by Sara Bernard
    A few weeks ago, tenantsí rights activist Jon Grant announced that heís running for City Council this fall as a Democratic Socialist. Although he is not, technically speaking, a member of any political party - the affiliation is more a kind of ďshorthand to describe my values to voters,Ē he says - his second-time run for a Council seat is couched in the belief that, in Seattle, anyway, ďitís not enough anymore to be an establishment Democrat.Ē The events of the past year, and especially of the past few months, seem to echo that sentiment. November 8, 2016, was an...
  • Wash. governor orders agencies to ignore immigration requests

    02/23/2017 7:10:29 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2-23-2017 | Reid Wilson
    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Thursday signed an executive order blocking state law enforcement agencies from detaining undocumented immigrants at the request of federal officials, days after the Trump administration began ramping up immigration enforcement actions. † Insleeís order prevents state agencies from discriminating against or refusing service to those in living the country illegally. It also blocks those agencies from spending state resources to create or enforce a registry of citizens on the basis of religious affiliation. † The order blocks the Washington State Patrol and the state Department of Corrections from detaining anyone solely on the basis...
  • State trooper in hot water over calling ICE

    02/18/2017 6:33:48 AM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/17/17 | Jeremy Lott
    A politician in Washington state wants to know why cooperating with federal immigration authorities landed a state trooper in hot water. Steve O'Ban, R, a state senator from Tacoma, Wa., sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, D, Friday expressing "serious concerns" over an administrative review the Washington State Patrol may be undertaking at the governor's request. An unnamed state trooper is being grilled for telling Immigration and Customs Enforcement about one of their suspects last week, wanted on a felony warrant and found after a traffic accident on I-5. That man is Armando Chavez Corona, who ICE says was...
  • Washington state sues Trump over immigration order

    01/30/2017 11:39:55 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 45 replies ^ | 1/30/17 | MARTHA BELLISLE
    Washington state's attorney general says he is suing President Donald Trump over an executive order that suspended immigration from seven countries with majority-Muslim populations and sparked nationwide protests. Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced his lawsuit Monday, becoming the first state attorney general to announce a legal action against the Trump administration over one of its policies.
  • FBI: Washington State Gun Owners Not Complying With New Background Check Law

    01/28/2017 9:45:08 AM PST · by rktman · 48 replies ^ | 1/26/2017 | Nick Leghorn
    According to a (widely debunked) Harvard University study that was widely touted by The Trace, 40% of firearms transactions in the United States happened without a background check. The real number is actually more like 20%. Still, the state of Washington implemented a new law last year designed to close the so-called gun show loophole which allowed citizens within the same state to transfer a firearm between themselves without going through the NICS system. The FBI has just released a report showing that private party transfers in Washington following the new law accounted for only 2% of the total background...
  • LDS church provides place for displaced Muslim community to pray

    01/22/2017 5:52:34 PM PST · by LiberalismDestroys · 21 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Jan. 21, 2017 8:40 p.m. | Ginny Romney
    After arson recently destroyed a Muslim community's mosque in Bellevue, Wash., a neighboring LDS church opened its doors, reports KOMO 4 TV in Seattle. The Bellevue Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered use of a large room that was formerly a classroom so members of the Islamic Center of Eastside could have a place to pray until they find a new space. ďItís really very simple,Ē Church Director of Public Affairs Gordon Wilson told KOMO 4 TV. ďItís just neighbors helping neighbors. Jesus said, ĎLove your neighbor.í Theyíre right next door. How can it be...
  • Why Did Trump Win: Read email from Pacific, Wash: Went Republican first time since Reagan

    11/17/2016 1:00:42 PM PST · by beebuster2000 · 27 replies
    email from Dr. Codd | november 17, 2016 | Dr. Maurice Codd
    Hello, All! The oyster hatchery has now been effectively shut down for close to a month and I am delighted to report the joy of lower propane and electrical bills. I just got back from 5 days chasing elk in the Willapa foothills. We did not get an elk, but it was a magical trip. We hiked around 20 miles a day up and down ridges, through clearcuts and along swirling logging roads. We saw a lot of elk, but no 3 point plus critters, the legal minimum. Anyhow, we need more meat like a hole in our heads. It...
  • Responsible for Every Bullet: Woman Killed, Man Charged (video)

    11/11/2016 4:26:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The woman's window was in line with the shooter and the vehicle he was shooting at.† The video shows where the shot was fired from, and where it went. †Video showing path of bullet† A shooter is responsible for every bullet that they fire.† It is important to know your target, and what is behind your target.† Some say that every bullet has an attorney attached to it.† There is good reason for this.† When you shoot, you are unleashing deadly force.† It is a grave responsibility. You need to be sure of your backstop. Do not unleash it...
  • Seattle wonít release its gun tax data to the public and you can probably guess why

    11/05/2016 9:30:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 11/5/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    You may recall that 2016 was the first year that Seattle began collecting a highly controversial ďgun violence taxĒ on the sale of all firearms and ammunition in the city. The thinly veiled attempt to shut down gun sales survived one court challenge and is currently awaiting appeal in the state supreme court. The tax was ostensibly passed to fund a program at the Harborview Medical Center designed to ďreduce the aftereffects of gun violence.Ē So how much money has this scheme brought in to advance this important work? We have no idea because the city is refusing to release...
  • Turned in my Washington ballot today

    11/01/2016 12:06:36 AM PDT · by GunHoardingCapitalist · 25 replies
    Me again | Today | Me
    So I sent in my Washington ballot today (vote by mail is bs in my opinion), and wanted to share the good news. During elections, my family sit down and we discuss the candidates and other stuff and things (Walking Dead reference, +2 points) on the ballot, both of my parents are lifelong democrats, as well as my older brother. I have always been the odd duck conservative in the family. Anyways, It is hard for me to even vote in Washington State since the I-5 corridor pretty much rules the state electorial college votes. After discussing the candidates and...
  • Looking for Picture of "No Gun" sign at Cascade Mall in Burlington Washington

    09/26/2016 8:40:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 Se[ptember, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image by Brandy Shreve/ Skagit Valley Herald The Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington is the latest site of a mass killing.† Motive is uncertain, but the shooting was done by a 20 year old immigrant from Turkey, who came here as a young boy. † The Cascade Mall has been widely reported as a gun free zone.† I believe it is.† It has been stated that the parent company, Macerich, has a corporation wide gun free zone policy.† From an post: Cascade Mall (201 Cascade Mall Drive) - Burlington (Macerich Corporate-wide policy, due to this thread) †I am...
  • Time to ban one of Americaís favorite weapons(seattle)

    09/14/2016 11:13:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies ^ | 9/9/2016 | editors
    NO matter how many times the gun lobby says it, more guns wonít make Americans safer. Thatís especially true of semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15. America has seen again and again the lethal cost of these weapons of destruction deployed in civil society, from Newtown, Conn., to Orlando, Fla., to San Bernadino, Calif., to Umpqua Community College to Mukilteo. Although these so-called ďassault weapons,Ē fitted with high capacity magazines, are used in a small fraction of Americaís gun homicides, they are terrifyingly powerful when deployed. Such weapons resulted in 155 percent more people shot and nearly 50 percent more people...
  • Photo's from Trump rally yesterday in Everett,WA

    08/31/2016 12:30:57 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 10 replies
    08/31/16 | Entropy & Jonrick
    Repeating combined photo's posted yesterday by me and jonrick.
  • Trump: "The Democratic Party Is The Party Of Slavery"

    08/31/2016 2:53:20 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies ^ | 8/30/16 | Tim Hains
    At a rally Tuesday night in Everett, Washington, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump referenced the Democratic Party's role in the history of slavery and racial oppression and said he was proud to represent "Abraham Lincoln's Republican Party." "Nothing makes me more honored and proud than to be the nominee of Abraham Lincolnís Republican Party," Trump said. About the Democrats, he said: "It is the Democratic Party that is the party of slavery, the party of Jim Crow, the party of oppression." "Our party will fight to bring hope to every forgotten stretch of this country. Once again, we will be...
  • Photo's & Observations from Trump Rally in Everett,WA

    08/30/2016 11:46:48 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 30 replies
    Aug 31, 2016 | Entropy12
    Trump Rally in Xfinity Arena, Everett, WA
  • Donald Trump Rally, Everett Washington Ė 10:00pm Live Stream

    08/30/2016 6:58:57 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 37 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | August 30, 2016 | Sundance
    Candidate Donald Trump is on the West Coast today with a rally in Everett, Washington. The venue is the Xfinity Arena of Everett, and the event rally with Trump is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm PDT / 10:00pm EDT: Given the venue and the line-up of speakers the event will most likely begin early
  • Washington State To Teach Transgenderism To Kindergartners

    06/02/2016 4:29:26 PM PDT · by BiggerTigger · 50 replies ^ | June 1, 2016 | Peter Hasson
    By fall 2017 Washington state public schools will begin teaching gender expression to kindergarteners under newly-approved health education learning standards that designate sexual health a ďcore ideaĒ of public K-12 education. While some aspects of sexual health arenít taught K-12 (HIV prevention begins in fourth grade), one component of sexual health titled ďSelf-IdentityĒ begins in kindergarten, where students will be expected to ďUnderstand there are many ways to express gender." The stateís health education glossary defines gender as ďA social construct based on emotional, behavioral, and cultural characteristics attached to a personís assigned biological sex.Ē Gender expression, meanwhile, is defined...
  • Point Roberts (an American city stranded at the tip of a Canadian peninsula)

    04/22/2016 10:17:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | April 22, 2016
    The Convention of 1818 between Britain and America following the War of 1812 had a tough job to take on: determining the border between Canada and the United States. In an effort to avoid controversy and confusion caused by drawing the boundary based on watershed, the two countries agreed on a simpler solution: the 49th parallel. There were, of course, multiple problems that arose with this solution, including the fact that Vancouver Island was split in two by the imaginary line.†The debate over whether the line of latitude should split the island in two or if it should be ignored,...
  • Video of WA Convenience Store Gunfight

    03/01/2016 4:14:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 25 February,2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On Thursday, 18 February, 2016, a robber and store clerk Seul Lim exchanged shots in Limís Pacific Quickmart.† The robber is believed to be Tyrone Prophet, Jr.Prophet is 23, Lim is 30.† Police believe that Prophet may have been involved in a string of armed robberies in the area, one of which involved a shooting of another clerk. In the shootout, one shot was fired by each of the two participants.† Lim missed and Prophetís shot hit Lim in the abdomen.† A .380 pistol was recovered when Prophet was arrested.† It is likely that the shot by Prophet did...
  • Washington GOP to caucus Saturday, but it won‚Äôt count for presidential race

    02/20/2016 3:09:29 AM PST · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 18, 2016
    "Instead, Saturday’s GOP caucuses will focus mainly on electing delegates to upcoming county and legislative-district conventions. Attendees also will have a chance to propose resolutions and debate issues for the Republican platform."
  • Washington State Lawmakers Push Gun Storage Law, ‚ÄėAssault Weapons‚Äô Ban

    01/23/2016 7:17:00 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies ^ | 1/22/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    On January 22 Washington state lawmakers held a hearing on a proposal to requirement gun owners in the state to lock up their guns in the home. This comes just under two weeks after state representative Jim Moeller (D-49th) introduced legislation to ban the possession of the "assault weapons" in the state. According to The News Tribune, Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Lake Forest Park) spoke for requiring law-abiding citizens to lock up their guns in their homes. Kagi said, "Requiring gun owners to safely store firearms is common sense." She added, "About 1 million households in Washington state contain unsafe firearms,...
  • Washington State Dem Introduces Bill to Ban Possession of ‚ÄėAssault Weapons‚Äô

    01/16/2016 9:49:36 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 22 replies
    On January 11, Washington state representative Jim Moeller (D-49th) introduced legislation to ban the possession of ‚Äúassault weapons‚ÄĚ in the state. Moeller‚Äôs definition of an ‚Äúassault weapon‚ÄĚ also includes any semiautomatic pistol ‚Äúthat has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine.‚ÄĚ In addition to pistols that accept detachable magazines, HB 2354 defines a ‚Äúassault weapon‚ÄĚ as: A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a 27 detachable magazine and has one or more of the following: A pistol grip or thumbhole stock; Any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that 30 can be held by the nontrigger...
  • Goldilocks Ruling in Washington Supreme Court on Knives as Arms

    01/07/2016 7:00:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Washington State Supreme Court issued an insane ruling on December 31st.† The ruling was written by Justice Charles Wiggens, pictured above.† The case was City of Seattle v. Wayne Anthony Evans.† I classify this sort of opinion as Goldilocks gun control.† While this case involves knives, the approach is the same.† Under Goldilocks gun control, guns are restricted under any imaginable restriction, until the ones that are left are such a small number that they are acceptable to disarmists.† Either guns are "too big" (.50 caliber rifles) or too small (easily concealable), too military (weapons of war) or...
  • Seattle police arrest couple found with 400 pairs of jeans

    10/17/2015 11:54:12 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 27 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | , October 16, 2015 | staff reporter
    Seattle police have arrested a husband and wife they say have an "insatiable appetite for denim." Police said in a news release they arrested a 63-year-old man and 58-year-old woman after finding 400 pairs of jeans, perfume, purses and shoes at their Beacon Hill home Thursday.
  • Seahawks-Themed Tent Trailer Adrift In Puget Sound [Photo In Comments]

    10/10/2015 1:33:30 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 09 October 2015 | Vienna Catalani
    The pop-up camper started its journey in Olalla [20 miles south of Seattle], and belongs to an Olympia man who told Coast Guard members that "it's gone adrift before." It was spotted floating off Blake Island Saturday morning, and was seen floating in ferry lanes near Vashon Island around 8:30 a.m. on Friday.
  • State Fair Bans Guns; State Fair Workers Robbed at Gun Pont

    09/23/2015 8:33:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 September, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Washington State Fair is one of the few locations in the State that bans the legal carry of firearms.† That policy is directly stated in the rules for the fair. † From The following items will not be allowed at the Washington State Fair,Weapons of any kind, including knives and all firearms The effect of creating a weapons free zone was not lost on a group of criminals.† They used the fact that fair workers were known to be disarmed to their advantage.† Three different armed robberies of State Fair workers were committed in less than 20 minutes, on...
  • ISIS releases ĎKill Listí of US cities

    09/20/2015 7:17:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 173 replies
    News Near You ^ | September 20, 2015
    The Pentagon has responded to a globally-released ĎKill Listí, asking law enforcement to give extra protection for military personnel whose personal information was released,News Channel 10 reports. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the Pentagon spent the weekend notifying the soldiers who appeared on the list, and urged city police departments and military police to increase patrol in the neighborhoods where the targeted live. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published the list days ago, a report that contained names, photos, and home addresses of U.S. Armed Forces personnel, causing alarm in cities potentially at high-risk....
  • WA: Tacoma Gun Disposal Boxes?

    09/10/2015 9:08:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 September, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    †Tacoma Drug Disposal Box.† Officials are considering a version for guns. In Tacoma, Washington, officials are considering the idea of a gun drop box where people can turn in guns for destruction without any interaction with police.† The theory is that there are people in poor, crime ridden neighborhoods who want to get rid of a gun, but do not want interaction with police. The working theory† is that the box would be in a place without surveillance, and the guns dropped off would be checked out by police, then destroyed.† From The city is investigating how to...
  • Ted Cruz in Seattle: Fundraising Reception with Ted Cruz!

    08/11/2015 1:01:47 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 61 replies ^ | August 11, 2015 | Ted Cruz Campaign
    FUND RAISING RECEPTION WITH TED CRUZ TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM WASHINGTON ATHLETIC CLUB JOHNSON LOBBY LOUNGE 1325 Sixth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 $2,000 per person contribution to the Ted Cruz campaign. RSVP TO MARISSA AKERS or 713-353-4331 --------------------------- Please reach out if you have questions and RSVP to my email or direct line (713-353-4331). I hope you can join us for this special occasion and look forward to hearing from you. Warm Regards, Marissa -- Marissa Akers Regional Finance Director Cruz for President Phone: (713) 353-4331 E-mail:
  • WA: Did Robber, Wearing gas mask, Shot at, Drop Gun?

    05/30/2015 3:51:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In this story from Vancover, Washington, a man in a gas mask attempts to rob a convenience store.† He has a gun and threatens the clerk.† He gets some money and leaves. † From katu.come: The employee's friend took out his own firearm and followed the suspect outside, police said. The suspect turned around and pointed his gun at the man, who in turn fired several shots at the suspect. Officials aren't sure if the suspect was hit. What is not said in any story that I have read about the incident, is if the gas-masked suspect dropped the...
  • Tea party favorite Elizabeth Scott first in line to challenge DelBene

    05/28/2015 3:43:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    The Everett Herald ^ | , May 28, 2015 | Jerry Cornfield
    One of Snohomish Countyís most conservative Republican lawmakers has quietly begun a campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene. State Rep. Elizabeth Scott of Monroe filed paperwork May 21 with the Federal Election Commission to become a candidate and start collecting contributions. Scott is in her second term in the Legislature and seemed assured of re-election next year if she chose to stay in Olympia. Now it appears she wants to serve in Congress, though she had made no formal campaign announcement as of Wednesday. Scott did not return phone calls.
  • Judge tosses challenge to expanded gun-background checks

    05/08/2015 9:46:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    seattle-news ^ | 5/7/2015 | GENE JOHNSON
    A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit challenging parts of Washington stateís new law expanding background checks on gun transfers, saying gun-rights activists couldnít challenge it because they arenít being prosecuted for violating it. U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle in Tacoma ruled that opponents of the law didnít have standing to challenge the parts of Initiative 594 that required background checks for noncommercial gun transfers. To challenge the law, the plaintiffs must show theyíve been actually prosecuted or at immediate risk of being prosecuted, he said.
  • WA: Man who used .357 Sig to stop attacker was Open Carrying

    04/21/2015 4:17:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    <p>Not certain if the above is the same Brandon Walker from Yakima, but it seems likely.</p> <p>The gun was carried "open Carry"</p> <p>It was a 357 sig We think this person was trying to get the handgun by knockout hitting him in the head with a aluminum bat.</p>
  • Gun control: Guns, kids donít mix

    04/06/2015 8:54:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 4/5/2015 | unknown
    So does having a gun make you safe? No. In fact, it makes you, your family and your community far less safe. A recently published study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that a gun in your home makes you more likely to be a victim of suicide, accidental shooting or homicide.
  • Secret Olympia Budget Proposal To Register Your Guns With DOL Ė I-594

    03/29/2015 8:53:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 3/27/2015 | 30calgal
    Our Anti-gun foes are sneaky. From enough public outcry Olympia has had to delay their budget proposals until Monday. The Democratic Legislature was only going to allow the public a total of 90 minutes to read through hundreds of pages of the budget document. Enough people complained and they had to delay the hearings until Monday. There happens to be a secret budget proposal that corresponds with the passing of I-594 and the Dept of Licensing. Here is the letter written to us by our local Protect Our Gun Rights group.
  • Meet Bloombergís Out-Of-State Operatives In Washington

    03/03/2015 9:25:03 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 3/1/2015 | Michael Strickland
    Washington has been one of the target states for Bloomberg and his gun control efforts. Using strategies similar to Obamaís Organizing For America, combined with a multi million dollar public relations push, they were able to successfully pass a ballot initiative that would mandate background checks for private firearm transactions (though, by a considerably smaller margin than their initial polling). So who are the folks working behind the scenes to make this happen? You probably wonít be surprised that many of them are from out of state, shipped in to ďorganizeĒ.
  • Another reason to Home Carry - or Carry Home

    02/19/2015 5:18:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Matthew Haight survived an encounter with a burglar, but not by much.† He acknowledges that he made mistakes, and they cost him a great deal. Link to video at Haight come home from watching the Superbowl on Sunday night, the 1st of February, 2015 in Snohomish County, Washington State.†† When he walked up the stairs to his apartment, he discovered that something was not right.† The door was unlocked.† That is when he made a mistake.† He went inside to investigate.† This is an easy mistake to make.† Sometimes people forget to lock doors.† Sometimes they give keys...
  • Measles outbreak with Disney park origins grows to 95 cases ( Criminal invaders & Amnesty )

    01/29/2015 8:27:37 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    kcrs tv ^ | Jan 29, 2015
    U.S. experienced record number of cases last year. A measles outbreak whose spread originated at Disneyland has grown to 95 cases. ... 79 of those in infections are in California and 52 of them can be linked directly to Disney Parks. The rest are in Michigan, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska and Mexico. ... The U.S. experienced a record number of measles cases last year, with 644 infections from 27 states despite being largely eliminated in 2000.
  • WA: Lt. Gov. Brad Owen notices that Open Carry is Protected Free Speech

    01/21/2015 8:04:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from A couple of days ago, on the 16th of January, 2015, Washington State Lt. Governor Brad Owen (D) publicly announced that the open carry of firearms is a form of free speech, protected by the first amendment of the Constitution.† He did it as a way to crack down on and destroy that speech, but he did it none the less, and what he said is true.† The Democrats objected to the open carry of firearms in the Senate chamber's gallery.†† From †"We're just noting that open carry is a form of demonstration and it's...
  • Gun rights rally at Washington Senate gallery results in ban on firearms

    01/19/2015 8:49:55 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 1/19/2015 | Chris Eger
    Blaming a rally by a group of legally armed Second Amendment advocates at the state Capitol in Olympia Thursday, Washingtonís Lt. Governor ruled Friday that guns are now banned from the chamber. The rally of some 200 gun rights activists on the steps of the Capitol building Jan. 15, was a continuation of the vocal opposition to the stateís background check ballot referendum, I-594, passed by voters last November. However, when the protest spilled over into the public gallery, there was an altercation between an open carrier and a state police lieutenant that ended with threats of removal and arrest....
  • Undo Damage of I-594 Rally Ė Protect Our Gun Rights

    01/08/2015 9:22:56 AM PST · by rktman ^ | 1/7/2015 | 30calgal
    On January 15, 2015 starting at 9 a.m. a coalition of local and national gun rights groups will host the first 2015 Legislative Rally against I-594 on the front steps at the Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. The grassroots event will include hundreds of supporters of the Second Amendment rights with speakers Adina Hicks (Executive Director, Protect Our Gun Rights), Rick Halle (National Coordinator, Gun Rights Coalition), Paige Biron (President, Pink Pistols of Seattle), Alan Gottlieb (Founder, Second Amendment Foundation), Joe Huffman (Boomershoot), Bill Burris (WAC Board member, WSLEFIA Spokesperson), Rep. Brian Blake, and others that will kick off...
  • WA: Two Dead: Party Crashers or Home Invaders?

    01/05/2015 3:25:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    †After the gunfight on New Year's Eve A saying that has become† common on the Internets is "When seconds count, police are only minutes away".†† I wonder what the response time would be on New Year's Eve, when police resources are stretched especially thin.† Could you expect it to be longer for an unincorporated part of King County, Washington state, served by the Sheriff's department?† How long would it take for police to respond to a trespassing violation? In this tragic story out of Renton, Washington, it does not appear that the homeowner had much choice.†† He was 50...
  • SAF Lawsuit Challenges Parts of I-594 in WA State

    01/03/2015 1:56:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    After the sweeping gun control, labeled as "gun safety" and a "background check" initiative passed in Washington state, many speculated that it would quickly be challenged in the courts.† They were right.† The Second Amendment Foundation has picked up the ball and is running with it.† Lawsuits against infringements of the second amendment have become something of a specialty of theirs, and they have had many notable successes.† They supported the Heller case, and were instrumental in McDonald, and Palmer, among others.† Here the SAF press release: †BELLEVUE, WA Ė The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit in...
  • WA: Example of One Punch Homicide

    12/27/2014 5:32:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Thomas, above, died after being struck with one punch. On December 21st, just before Christmas, there occurred a tragic example of a one punch homicide.† It seems clear that the homicide was unintentional, as the victim agreed to be hit.†† Both young men were at a party and appear to have been drinking.† From Before the fight, the two shook hands and smoked a cigarette together, witnesses told sheriff's deputies. Thomas, who apparently hit a car that the suspect was sitting in, agreed to let Galen hit him. But Galen hit Thomas so hard that he fell backward...
  • Spokane Deputy Promotes MRAP For Constitutionalists, Gun Owners: Full Clip

    12/20/2014 6:14:55 AM PST · by Altariel · 26 replies
    "So I'm thinking that is totally appropriate in Iraq, but where-what kind of situation in the U.S. would you see that happening?" "I mean, we've got a lot of constitutionalists, a lot of people that stockpile weapons, a lot of ammunition. You know, they have weapons here locally." (2:50-3:10)
  • Elliot Fineman: Americaís Most Dangerous Gun Control Zealot?

    12/19/2014 10:34:58 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 12/18/2014 | Robert Farago
    No doubt Elliot Fineman will consider this post an honor. The founder and head of the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has positioned himself as the de facto champion of anti-gun extremists. This heís done through the CSGV Facebook page, where Finemanís endless stream of incendiary posts unleash a flood of anti-ballistic bile; comments so full of hatred they remind of nothing so much as the rabid racism that poisoned this country for generations. Which make the example above all the more ironic . . . Clearly, Fineman is inviting his 100k+ followers to regard participants at a Washington...
  • Dave Workman: Second Amendment Supporters Crowd Olympia, Puyallup

    12/15/2014 9:39:14 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies ^ | 12/15/2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Depending upon whose estimate one accepts, anywhere from 1,000 to perhaps 1,800 Second Amendment activists turned out for a midday rally opposing Initiative 594 in Olympia Saturday, while the Washington Arms Collectorsí monthly gun show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds drew a couple of thousand more looking for pre-Christmas deals, and answers to questions about the state's new, and confusing, gun law.
  • Washington State Gun Control Activists Vow More Legislation

    12/15/2014 9:09:32 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 12/12/2014 | unknown
    In Washington State, gun control activists are already vowing that the recently-passed anti-gun Initiative 594 is just their first step toward dismantling gun rights. In fact, they are promising to dump more anti-gun bills at the legislative session next month.
  • Gun control groupís work only just beginning in Washington state

    12/06/2014 8:28:58 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies ^ | 12/5/2014 | chris eger
    With that law now in effect, organizers are focusing their attention on other measures to limit access to firearms in hopes of combating gun violence. They include increasing the list of misdemeanors ó such as for domestic violence ó that result in barring gun rights, establishing criminal penalties for those who have their unsecured guns fall into the hands of children who use them and challenging perceived public health risks from lead at shooting ranges. On top of these, the group also wants to move on the new tactic of gun violence protection orders.
  • The NRA hints at Ďlegislative remediesí to weaken Initiative 594

    11/28/2014 9:29:44 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies ^ | 11/25/2014 | Joel Connelly
    The National Rifle Association is promising supporters it will carry on the fight against Initiative 594, using its ďphilosophically supportive majorityĒ in the Washington Legislature when it convenes in January. ďWe are already discussing legislative remedies to the most onerous provisions,Ē the NRA said in a letter to supporters. The Gun Lobbyís big gun defends the effort it made in opposing I-594, which requires criminal background checks for those purchasing firearms at gun shows and over the Internet. It blames billionaires the measureís landslide passage. ďPlease bear in mind that, in our fight to defeat I-594, NRA faced unprecedented spending...