Seattle - single email led Seattle Library to drop gun ban

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  1. ATCclears

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    Single email led Seattle library to drop its gun ban | www.kirotv.com

    SEATTLE —

    The Seattle Public Library recently lifted its ban on guns in response to one patron's complaint.

    KUOW reports that Seattle resident Dave Bowman sent an email in August arguing that recent court rulings mean that municipalities cannot ban firearms in the libraries. Officials consulted with city attorney after Bowman's email and decided to drop the gun ban in November without a fight.

    City Attorney Pete Holmes says he hates that it had to be done, but he saw significant legal risk in keeping the gun ban going.

    Librarians were clearly upset by the decision, saying libraries are prime targets for random violence and that guns may escalate confrontations.

    Ralph Fascitelli is president of the gun control group Washington CeaseFire. He says the bigger issue is that Washington state has what he describes as weak gun laws.
     
  2. pchewn

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    Really? Libraries are "prime targets" for random violence? This makes no sense to me.

    However, now that the libraries are not "gun free zones" maybe they will be less desirable targets -- you know, because of the armed people inside.
     
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    If Seattle would stop allowing its libraries to be used as homeless shelters, maybe they would not be targets of violence.
     
  4. Grunwald

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    Isn't Ralph Fascistelli from New York where the gun laws are more to his liking?
    I would suggest he heads back there.
     
  5. simon99

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    How many thugs get into gun battles at the library? I mean the Dewey Decimal System isn't that complicated.....
     
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    Good for that one patriot, and apparently the city is tired of having to pay for lawyers when loosing state preemption lawsuits.
     
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    As I remember there was a thread on this months ago posted by Dave workman when it happened.
     
  8. chemist

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    I say good for the officials who took the word of the city attorney and didn't waste taxpayer money on pointless litigation just because of their personal ideology.

    Anti-gunners are allowed in public office and in public jobs, just like those who are opposed to any form of birth control. They simply have to follow the laws, and they can believe whatever they want to on their own time.
     
  9. The Heretic

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    Oh yes, everybody knows that libraries are where all the drunks and hoodlums hang out.

    Much safer to go read a book in a bar or meth lab than a library. :rolleyes:
     
  10. Darknight

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    It's quiet, warm and clean; so it's a huge draw for the homeless. The city patrols it frequently in Salem because of it.
     
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    They also need to realize how many people had carried there
    prior to their attempt to ban them. They were much safer then.
     
  12. Bacchus

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    If the lib(rarian)s are right, we can start expecting the "blood baths" that were predicted when states first allowed CCW. :rolleyes:
     

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