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Activism and Vigilance Sending the Message

Discussion in 'Firearm Legislation & Activism' started by whitney, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. whitney

    whitney Poulsbo, Kitsap County Member

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    Washington’s next legislative session starts in January and Bob Ferguson's assault weapons ban will be on the block.

    I wrote this letter to the editor several weeks ago and sent it off to almost every newspaper in the state.

    My local paper published last week over on page 4; The slow erosion of our gun rights.
    Central Kitsap Reporter | Kitsap Daily News
    (links to every paper with my notes)

    I received a lot of good feed back and only two papers said they would not publish it as I was not in their circulation area.

    Today I wrote what I thought I would send to the general legislature regarding Bob Ferguson's proposed ban on the most popular firearm in the country. After some consideration I decided I should instead share this in hopes that others might write similar letters-to-the-editor or legislature. My thought process behind this is twofold, grass roots letters and informing the folks who might not otherwise hear about the proposed legislation. In the past we have won up-hill fights with the legislature only to loose to citizen initiatives. It is my hope this is shared and inspires others to write their own letters-to-the-editor.

    Your letter does not have to be your own words but it should resonate with you. I mostly write how I talk then go back and clean it up with input from trusted confidants.


    Todays Musings

    Notwithstanding the constitutional questions I previously shared with Mr. Hanson; this proposed legislation serves only to further erode the right of Washingtonians to keep and bear arms.

    Let’s be perfectly clear here, this proposed legislation is an emotional response to a young Mukilteo student who murdered his friends in a fit of anger and revenge. A young man, who lacks the tools to comprehend and deal with rejection, is now in prison writing song lyrics about his act of killing.

    The legislation in question is really a distraction from bigger problems the AG and the legislature continue to ignore, don’t understand or simply don’t care.

    While Allen Ivanov's calculated killing of his ex-girlfriend, Anna Bui, as well as Jacob Long and Jordan Ebner, is absolutely tragic, the banning of otherwise legal activity to curtail murder is wrong headed and the antitheses to liberty and freedom. Ivanov conspired to kill these people; he acquired his firearm legally passed the requisite background check and waiting period. The citizens of Washington State are not the ones responsible for this heinous act yet the AG proposes to punish them for it. This is the type of legislation that continues to divide fomenting hate and intolerance on all sides.

    When are you going to enforce the existing laws? You know the ones that state prohibited persons who attempt to purchase fire arms are prosecuted. Even the AG acknowledges in his white paper, Access to Firearms in Washington, the difficulty with “lie and try” prosecutions. His paper states, in 2013, over 1,500 Washington purchasers were denied due to a felony criminal history and 1,400 more were turned away due to a domestic violence history or active protection orders. Men like King County Sheriff John Urquhart have publicly stated they do not have the resources to arrest prohibited persons who attempt to purchase fire arms. Further stating these prohibited persons easily buy illegal guns on the street. This is only one example gun owners keep shouting about with regard to enforcing current law, yet the answer again is “making a new law” and forcing otherwise law abiding citizens to capitulate. Why isn’t the AG or the legislature giving men like Sheriff Urquhart the tools to enforce existing laws?

    There is plenty of finger pointing to go around, but you are treeing the wrong cat. In this New Year I hope the legislature will stop acting and thinking like “Republicans” or “Democrats” and start acting and thinking like Americans.
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  2. tiggers97

    tiggers97 United States Well-Known Member

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    Totally Awesome! People DO read letters to the editor as they often like reading the opinions of others in their area. Great way to influence opinion and educate the public.

    Great job!
  3. whitney

    whitney Poulsbo, Kitsap County Member

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    Feel free to use all or part of my letters. Typically the news room will not accept a second letter from the same person within 30 days. The links to state wide papers, letter to the editor is in my OP. Send the same letter to each paper then share with all your liberty minded freedom loving friends.

    Here is a factoid to get some more letters ginned up.


    Those folks in Washington state who are opposed to private ownership of semi-automatic firearms with detachable magazines, which they themselves often helpfully define as proper military weapons, have a state constitutional problem. Washington state RTKBA provision is explicitly protective of the right of individual citizens to possess so-called assault weapons. In Article I, Section 24, of the WashingtonConstitution, the right of the citizen to possess military-type arms isliterally hiding in plain-view:

    "The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men."

    The part most relevant, to the ill-conceived assault weapons ban, is this: "The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of . . . the state, shall not be impaired . . ."

    How successful do you think the AG will be arguing that revolvers, shotguns and bolt-action rifles are the only type of arms which
    Washington citizens have the right to bear in the (thankfully) unlikely event they must defend the state during a dire and catastrophic
    emergency? Does the AG really want to argue that citizens would be expected to lose their lives, while defending the state, fielding
    outdated arms?

    Washington's RTKBA provision, unlike the 2nd Amendment, has no controversial 'well-regulated militia' clause by which the AG could
    argue the right only belongs to those citizen 'actively serving' in the state militia. Therefore, it is unclear how those who propose to adopt a complete ban on civilian ownership of the very type of arms most suited to defend the state, if and when needed, would pass constitutional muster. The very purpose of Article I, Section 24 is to prohibit the state legislature from doing exactly what it is that the AG is now currently proposing. If Washington's RTKBA clause meant anything, it meant to prohibit exactly such a scenario. Someone ought to point the obvious out to Bob Ferguson. His proposed ban directly conflicts with the state constitution and he ought to explain to the citizenry why he thinks the state constitution doesn't say what it says.

    If the AG doesn't like that, too bad, the solution is to amend the state constitution.

    Washington is not alone. Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming also have similar constitutional provisions protecting the right of their respective citizens to keep arms for defense of the state.

    I would bet my last dollar that whatever court cases, if any, that the AG cites to justify his assault-weapons ban deal only with the type of arms suitable for 'self-defense' rather than the separate yet equally valid 'state-defense' purpose clearly enumerated in the text. I have no doubt that future litigation over the scope of arms suitable for 'defense of state' would be a long-overdue case of first impression.

    Article I, Section 24's bearing arms for 'defense of state' is an individual citizen's enumerated rights for goodness sakes! You may lose
    the PR battle and at the district court, but make no mistake, the appellate and state supreme courts really have no other alternative but to strictly adhere to the plain text of the state constitution.

    Merry Christmas and God Bless

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  4. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Not to be a Sally Soul Smasher here but I have lived most my life in WA. If they do pass it the very liberal state supreme court will back it with some garbage justification. I'd virtually bet money on it. Have you paid attention to what the Court and legislature do if the a citizens' initiative gets past to...oh, I don't know, cap vehicle registration fees, or any other sort of tax?? They either ignore it or let local municiapal jurisdictions ignore it. The SCOWA and the Dems are in lock step in WA state now.

    Keep fighting but don't ever pin your hopes on the state supreme court finding forcefully for 2A type rights in the state constitution.

    Brutus Out
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  5. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Whitney.... you're awesome and you posses a beautiful mind! ;)
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  6. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    excellent well written letter. To the point. Keep up the activism...
  7. Diamondback

    Diamondback A cold, wet green Hell Well-Known Member

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    Whitney, Ferguson held out on you as I noted in the other thread.
  8. PaulB47

    PaulB47 Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Keep the letters short. Long ones don't get read.

    Here's an example:
    "I intend to ignore any law that would confiscate my firearms, and will not submit to arrest for such either."

    I'm scratching my head about the advocacy of enforcing existing laws, since every one of those laws is both immoral and unconstitutional. Not exactly the kind of message people should be sending...
  9. hoosierdome

    hoosierdome Kent, WA New Member

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    Nice letter but you simply cannot reason with LEFT WING LIBERALS. Like Obama they are locked into there ideology, they see the world as they want it to be, not as it is.
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  10. whitney

    whitney Poulsbo, Kitsap County Member

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    My 30 day wait for submission of letters to the editor expires this weekend. I was discussing this effort with a co-worker and it was suggested my list of news media was a bit onerous to execute.
    So...trying to find a more efficient way to submit letters led me to this.

    Media Guide

    It turns out the NRA has already developed a quick and easy way to submit comments to the news media.
    The previous link will open a new page with radio buttons allowing you to select the news media you want, then you compose your comments and hit the send button.

    This most resembles the "Take Action" button GOA uses. Note the ending "wa" state abbreviation.

    The URL may be appended with another state such as...Media Guide

    Easy Peasy.

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  11. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Thanks for the link Whitney. :s0155:
    Now everyone should share this till the cows come home, more awareness is what is needed along with people finally saying ENOUGH & getting busy!!!
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