In life it is often the “little things” that count, and in Puyallup, Washington Monday, it was a missing chicken nugget at the center of a case that became a textbook example of the failed logic behind an Evergreen State gun control law, backed by wealthy elitists who haven’t got a clue.
According to KCPQ, the local Fox News affiliate in Seattle, a 19-year-old woman is in big trouble because, after getting her food from a Jack In The Box, she apparently was shorted a single chunk of chicken. That prompted this young woman to get out of the car along with a 14-year-old passenger and start banging on the fast food pickup window. She threw her drink through the window at an employee and when other employees looked out through the window, they were greeted with a look at the business end of a handgun, apparently wielded by an 18-year-old who was also in the car.
The Tacoma News Tribune noted that restaurant employees quickly called the Pierce County sheriff. They tracked the vehicle to an address and a couple of arrests followed.
Three years ago, after being convinced by a $10.2 million campaign financed by wealthy Seattle-area elitists and anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg, Washington voters passed Initiative 594, the so-called “universal background check” measure. Proponents said surveys showed 80-percent-plus support for this gun control initiative, which should have required little or no campaigning to pass. But after spending their small fortune, I-594 backers saw their measure passed by just under 60 percent of the voters.
I-594 was opposed by a majority of the state’s county sheriffs, law enforcement firearms instructors and Republican and Democrat lawmakers.
In Washington, it is against the law for anyone under age 21 to legally purchase a handgun. People under age 21 cannot get a concealed pistol license.
Those points didn’t matter to the teen and her 18-year-old companion because the 9mm handgun later recovered after a foot chase near the girl’s home was reported stolen.
In summation, this case involved assault and unlawful possession of a handgun, according to published reports. Throw in possession of stolen property and, if the prosecutor wants to push the issue, violation of the background check law.
Seattle has seen a spike in reported shootings so far this year. Much of this is attributed to gang activity. None of them were prevented by Seattle’s “gun violence tax,” which was adopted two years ago ostensibly to prevent “gun violence.”
The gun control laws have failed. When a politician fails, he/she gets voted out of office. When a coach fails, he/she gets fired. But when a gun control law fails, anti-gunners typically want to pass another law.
Speaking of Washington, the Legislature appears to be in gridlock over the budget and if lawmakers don’t adopt a new budget, many state employees will be laid off at the end of this month.
However, Christine Anthony at the state Department of Licensing, has indicated via e-mail that this should not affect the issuance of concealed pistol licenses. That is a function of county sheriffs and local police departments.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation issued an advisory about this possible shutdown or partial curtailment of services. NSSF warned Washington gun owners, “Firearms dealers and gun owners have reason to be wary of the legislative impasse. Washington already has some of the most restrictive laws relating to gun sales and transfers. Governor Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) previously used log-jammed legislation to issue an executive order to tighten the state’s firearms background checks, collect data on firearms-related death and injuries and for state agencies to create reduction strategies for what he called “a public-health response to a public-health crisis.”
“Unless the state legislature comes to an agreement by midnight on June 30, state agencies regulating firearms dealer licensing services will go dark or be reduced.”