The Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility has sent yet another email blast seeking donations to finance its efforts “to stop the gun violence epidemic” and ensure “that the State Senate is controlled by legislators who will listen to the will of the people, rather than the gun lobby, when it comes to stronger gun laws.”
If the financially well-heeled gun control group is looking to influence elections, perhaps they should move operations to Detroit, where the Detroit News reported Wednesday that “Half of the eight mayoral hopefuls on Detroit’s primary ballot next week have been convicted of felony crimes involving drugs, assault or weapons,” according to a newspaper analysis.
In a 1,651-word story focused on four of the candidates who face a Tuesday primary election. Three female candidates all have had trouble involving firearms. The lone man mentioned in the story has had other legal problems.
Perhaps it is some people in politics who should be under the scrutiny of a gun control lobbying group.
The Alliance wants to raise $10,000 by the end of this week, the email explained. It says, in bold type, “Please, give $5 or more right now to support the candidates who are working to end the gun violence crisis in Washington – and take a stand against Donald Trump and the gun lobby.”
If the anti-gun group is looking for a “gun violence crisis,” Detroit just might be the spot. According to the Detroit News, as of July 3 there had been 133 homicides in the city of 672,000 residents.
As of July 5 in Seattle – with a population of more than 700,000 – there had been 10 homicides, according to Seattle Police Department data.
As reported earlier in the week by Liberty Park Press, Washington State now has 586,948 active concealed pistol licenses in circulation, and that was as of July 31. The number could be more than 587,000 today, considering that last month saw nearly 1,800 new CPLs issued in the state. That includes more than 100,800 in King County, which encompasses Seattle. Of those, more than 79,400 are held by men and nearly 21,400 were in the possession of women. Considering the vast difference between Detroit and Seattle, the Jet City is a comparatively peaceful place. If there was a problem, it would be on the front page of every newspaper from Aberdeen to Spokane.
This might be a good time to ask the Alliance, “What ‘gun violence’ crisis are you talking about?”
For decades, the gun control movement, which has become the gun prohibition lobby, has complained about the hysteria generated by Second Amendment organizations. Maybe it’s different to talk about a “gun violence crisis” that doesn’t appear to exist, at least statistically.
Maybe anti-gunners define “hysteria” as pointing to wild claims about a “gun violence epidemic” that exists only in the rhetoric of an organization that seems determined to erode the firearms rights of Evergreen State residents.