As Washington state politics resounds with an overwhelming and deep shade of blue, it is no surprise that two acts of gun control legislation have recently been passed into law. In 2015, a measure to expand background checks was approved by voters, and the city of Seattle imposed a gun tax on all firearm and ammunition purchased within city limits.
While, both acts have been virtually ineffectual in preventing firearms sales or raising tax revenues to a level that rivals initial estimates spewed out by lobbyists and supporters, the pair of restrictions on citizens and businesses epitomizes the blatantly unbalanced political culture of the Evergreen state (not to be confused with the infamous bastion of leftist ideology, the Evergreen State college, which happens to be located in the state capitol of Olympia).
It is of no surprise that King County Republican Chairman Lori Sotelo received a rather terse and unfounded correspondence from an alleged parent, in the wake of the recent Florida tragic school shootings. According to the biased Seattle Times, the letter, authored by one “Ginny Baldwin”, who may or may not be a payed troll or shill, concluded with a barrage of telling and pointed assumptions and accusations.
“Please encourage your colleagues to reject funding from the NRA. The American people overwhelmingly support tighter gun regulations. Don’t be complicit in the deaths of innocent children by doing nothing.”
The public controversy officially commenced when Sotelo responded vehemently to the charged lexicon and utilized social networking to inform Baldwin that there should be no future interaction between the two. Of course, Sotelo’s retort went viral and now pundits from both sides are engaged in an epic battle of posting which ranges from petty name calling to a more sophisticated exchange of block quotes containing statistics or legal verbiage. The comment boards at the largest newspaper in Washington, are officially off the hook with strong emotions and the race is on the create a witty username and post the first asinine thing that comes to mind. What is most fascinating at this point in the life cycle of the viral theatrics, is that Sotelo is mistakenly labeled in many instances as an “elected official”.
Let the fun begin!
Read the Seattle Times story here.