This week, according to MSNBC, gun prohibitionists will dump some 2.5 million postcards at the offices of U.S. senators and representatives across the country, and that includes Washington’s junior Senator Maria Cantwell, tomorrow at 11 a.m.
Already, Second Amendment activist members of the Northwest Firearms forum are planning a peaceful appearance as a counter-demonstration. Cantwell’s office is in downtown Seattle, 915 – 2nd Avenue.
According to MSNBC, this is part of the “Not One More” campaign launched by Michael Bloomberg’s $50 million so-called “grassroots” organization, “Everytown for Gun Safety.” It includes Moms Demand Action, and the network said more than 625,000 people “signed on to support the postcard campaign.”
“Not One More” is a slogan coined by Richard Martinez, father of one of the six Santa Barbara spree killings, who has become a vocal gun control advocate since three people, including his son, were gunned down by killer Elliot Rodger, after he had stabbed three other people to death in his apartment. That May killing spree ignited a new round of gun control activism, while the fact that three victims died from knife wounds is largely overlooked.
Even the MSNBC report is somewhat deceptive. It only refers to the campaign as being a response to “the May 23 shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara.”
Gun prohibitionists have mounted a full court press to push their agenda. This postcard photo op comes just days after a federal judge in Colorado upheld that state’s new gun laws, including background checks on al gun sales and magazine capacity limits. But that’s just the end of round one, and even State Attorney General John Suthers expects an appeal.
Reacting to the decision, by U.S. District Judge Marcia Kreiger, Suthers made a rather curious statement. It is hardly a spirited defense of the new statutes, which already cost three anti-gun Democrat state senators their jobs, two by recall and one by resignation to avoid recall.
“Like Judge Krieger, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office has never asserted that the laws in question are good, wise or sound policy,” Suthers said in a prepared statement. “As it does in all cases, the AG’s Office has fulfilled its responsibility to defend the constitutionality of the Colorado law in question.”
Couple that with remarks by Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, who observed, “While we respect the judge’s ruling today, we believe that it is plainly wrong on the law and on the facts. (Governor) John Hickenlooper knows that the (former New York City Mayor Michael) Bloomberg anti-gun laws are a failure.”
Tomorrow’s media event and the proposed counter-protest by gun owners in Seattle will likely not shift anyone’s opinion. Anti-gun extremists will continue to press their agenda and Second Amendment defenders will keep pushing back.
Meanwhile, there’s an interesting new development with the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. Its website now requires people to go through screening to gain access. Their Facebook page remains open to full access.