This letter is about the proposed Initiative 594 gun control (universal background check) proposal.
However, I’d first like to compliment Wa-Hi student Madyson Gabriel for her outstanding guest column, “Defending Constitution helps keep country strong,” U-B April 27.
What a wonderful breath of fresh air in this era of too many unconstitutional actions being taken by some states and the federal government ... including even a president who makes end-runs around the Constitution and Congress whenever it suits him. Miss Gabriel did herself, her family, her school and her country proud.
Recent letters supporting I-594 were written with good intentions. However, we know where roads paved with those can lead.
According to Public Disclosure Commission reports, I-594 raised $1,435,263.73 so far with the vast majority of the money coming from Seattle-area contributors. Contributions to Initiative 591 have come from all over the state.
There’s a good reason former New York Mayor (and anti-gun billionaire) Michael Bloomberg supported I-594 with $30,000 (and I suspect more will come). It’s just one more foot in the door that he hopes will lead toward registration and eventual confiscation of personal firearms.
I’d like to point out a brief description of the hidden dangers of I-594 on the Washington Arms Collectors website by Executive Director Phil Shave titled “I-594 Is Bad Law.” You will be reminded of Nancy Pelosi’s advice to “pass the bill to find out what’s in it.”
Mr. Shave writes, “I-594 will be described as reasonable regulation — it is not ... It is the criminalization of ordinary conduct of law-abiding citizens. This initiative targets only law-abiding gun owners, shooters and collectors. It entangles you in the net of regulation while leaving untouched the gangsters and criminals who should not possess firearms.”
Shave quotes from I-594, “No person shall sell or transfer a firearm unless: (a) The person is a licensed dealer; (b) The purchaser or transferee is a licensed dealer.” He further writes, “In this nightmare proposed Soviet-style law of eighteen pages, I-594 requires the intervention of the State of Washington, the Federal government and Federally-licensed firearms dealers (FFLs) in transactions between private persons.”
I-594 boils down to two main points: (1) lawful citizens are saddled with unneeded, costly, bureaucratic record-keeping (where a simple mistake can lead to jail); and (2) it will not stop criminals from acquiring illegal guns.
Let’s stop I-594.