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Really Nam Vet, you have no idea whatsoever what you are talking about on this subject. Ted Cruz made comments on the internet recently and they were so ignorant that even his ultra-conservative supporters pointed out he was an embarrassment on this issue and ask him to shut up about it.
barracuda-We sure don't want affordable health care. Who knows where it would lead. Maybe to better health for millions. We can't have that.
Hate to break up the conservative "agree fest" but I think Beth Call's letter is an excellent summary of why the 5th Congressional District needs a change. McMorris Rodgers talks a good game on veterans but doesn't vote for funding measures very often. I do have to hand it to your leadership though. Over time they have convinced Vets like Nam Vet that the Republicans in general and CMR in particular are on their side. They have convinced blue collar workers that unions consort with the devil and are Un-American because they impinge on lassiez faire capitalism. Meanwhile care for Veterans goes downhill and workers' wages fall farther and farther behind their previous levels. Meanwhile the ultra-wealthy are increasing their share of the pie at an breathtaking rate. The right has convinced many middle and lower middle class to vote against their interests, so they vote for politicians like McMorris Rodgers. Hats Off! A stunning achievement in misdirection. Vote for Joe Pakootas.
I've also met with Representative McMorris Rodgers in DC, and a number of times and here in Walla Walla. I think she will represent some of the people in the 5th Congressional but not seniors, veterans, women,students, the middle class and the less fortunate (to name a few groups). McMorris Rodgers has worked in an orchard in the past. I doubt she knows much about wheat. Her entire career has been in politics. It's time to retire her from politics so she can broaden her personal horizons.
Let's see, the climate march had 220 people gathered and focused on the subject of climate change from about 1:30 to 3:00 on Sept. 21. The deniers, pretty much the same people month after month, amount to a dozen people or less who write letters to the editor and who make online comments. What percentage of 60,000 is that? Answer, it's .002%. For the sake of the future, I really hope the theories and facts marshaled by you deniers are correct, but for now I'm sticking with the majority of scientists.
PearlY- How is the world would you know that of a million denials that most were paperwork errors that were later reversed? I've lost all energy to continue the back and forth on this issue. I will vote for 594, most of you folks commenting on this issue will vote against it. We will see how it all shakes out. Good night and good luck, as Edward R Murrow used to say.
Nick_B: I read over the full text again and I would agree that you are correct in saying that it isn't easy to loan a gun for hunting or target practice. However, it is possible and it is not completely unworkable.
This law is a reflection of the polls that show that nationally and in Washington State a majority of citizens want universal background checks, and that all loopholes be closed. Will this inconvenience honest gun owners? Yes it will, but honest citizens are always inconvenienced by laws which attempt to control dishonest citizens.
Since we have been talking about inconvenience, how about an IRS audit or getting drafted for inconvenience?
Does it really matter if people take the background checks? Apparrently so, considering the statistics put forward by the FBI, which runs the background checks. From 1998 to 2012 the FBI rendered 987,578 firearms denials. http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics/reports/2012-operations-report
In Washington State 1998 to 2013 the denial total was 40,976 people. http://everytown.org/press/new-analysis-of-fbi-data-shows-federal-background-check-system-works-in-washington-state-more-than-40000-gun-sales-blocked-to-prohibited-purchases-including-24000-sales-to-felons-and-more-than-60/ These people could have all then gone to a non federally licensed dealer or even a yard sale and purshased a weapon because there was no law like I-594 in effect, at least in Washington State--and most other states. With 594 those who try to end run the system will be guilty a breaking a law. This would apply to the seller as well as the buyer. Will the law stop every single bad guy from getting a gun? No, but it will stop a whole lot more than is the case now.
namvet60--It is not an editorial, it's a "feature" story. In my opinion and that of many others it would be a good story in Guns and Ammo, but we are scratching our heads as to why it made it into the UB.
Nick_B if you would read 594 you would find that it concerns selling weapons. It clearly states that you can loan a gun to someone for hunting or target practice. Luke's father could even give him the gun without going to a firearms dealer because you can gift guns to immediate family members. The friend and Luke would not have to go to a licensed firearms dealer because of the clear exception that a loan can be made to someone for sporting activities (target practice, etc).
Reasonable Exceptions – background checks are not required for:
Gifts between immediate family members
Antiques and relics
Temporary transfers for self-defense
Loans for lawful hunting or sporting activities
If you sell a gun to someone you and the buyer have to go a federally licensed dealer and go through the FBI call in procedure. FBI figures show that since 1998 just under 1,000,000 people received a "don't sell to them" reply. In Washington State the figure is 40, 900. If you sell a gun to someone and do not go through the legal process you would be guilty of a crime. A poll show that 72% of Washingtonians think this is perfectly reasonable and is, in fact, a step forward, a step that will not lead to "taking our guns away."
Good letter! I'm sure an audit would show monumental waste, the F-35 aircraft for example. It doesn't work right but we are going to spend another trillion dollars apparently. We would probably find that half the majors, colonels (light and bird) and generals walking briskly around the Pentagon's halls with briefcases could be mustered out and the safety of the country would not be diminished. Your $700,000 MRAP vehicle Walla Walla is not only a terrible waste of money, arming the police like combat forces certainly appears to make the citizenry the enemy.
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