Senile ex-governors favor more gun laws


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deanf
April 9, 2006, 11:56 PM
http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/insight/story/5649610p-5069668c.html

Close loopholes in our gun laws

MIKE LOWRY AND ALBERT G. ROSELLINI
Published: April 9th, 2006 01:00 AM





Every year in Washington state, nearly 600 citizens die from gun violence and many more are injured. These figures include homicides, accidental shootings and suicides.
The recent tragic rave-party shootings in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle brought home the fact that we live in a violent society, made worse by the prevalence of easy access to firearms.

Gun violence is everybody’s problem. It is not confined to inner cities or only tied to drug trafficking. Gun violence occurs in the suburbs, in our malls, in our schools and in the historic neighborhoods of our largest city. It affects all races, all ages and all incomes.

The violent event on Capitol Hill bore a striking resemblance to the Columbine tragedy in Littleton, Colo., nearly seven years ago. The victims in the Capitol Hill shootings included two schoolgirls 14 and 15. As in the tragedy in Columbine, the perpetrator was a loner without a serious record, whose arsenal included assault weapons and other high-powered firearms.

Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske noted that the primary purpose for these weapons “is for hunting people, not animals.”

As with the violence that swept through the quiet suburb of Littleton, the tragedy that took place just blocks from a church and one of Seattle’s most popular parks demonstrates that gun violence can affect anyone, anywhere at any time.

The Capitol Hill shooting and other recent incidents of gun violence in our community leave no doubt that Washington state’s gun laws are inadequate and full of loopholes. These shootings expose just how easy it is for the wrong people to gain access to firearms in our state and make horror in our communities.

For far too long state and federal leaders have tolerated weak gun safety laws that put our communities at risk. In 2004, Congress allowed the federal assault weapons ban to lapse. Now anyone in Washington can gain access to deadly, high-capacity weapons. Thirty-round magazines, like the ones found in Kyle Huff’s possession, are now available because this important gun safety law was allowed to expire.

Today, anyone can walk into one of the 60 gun shows held annually in Washington and walk out with a handgun or assault rifle without a background check at the point of sale, without any recording keeping and without any waiting period.

One gun-show promoter recently noted that to purchase a gun at a gun show, “the only paperwork you need is cash.”

Washington is the only West Coast state that hasn’t closed this loophole, making our state a vulnerable target for those seeking easy access to firearms.

Our state’s former U.S. attorney Kate Pflaumer eerily noted last December that “Osama bin Laden could walk into a gun show in Washington state and purchase a semi-automatic easily changeable into a fully-automatic assault rifle no questions asked, no records run.”

We can strengthen gun safety laws in Washington and at the same time protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms. We can limit the availability of highly lethal assault rifles while protecting the interests of sportsmen and hunters. It is long past time we moved beyond the rhetoric and away from entrenched and extreme positions that have held back sensible gun safety measures in Washington.

As former governors of Washington, we urge you to let your elected leaders hear your voice and calls for tougher gun safety measures. Together we can make our schools, neighborhoods, malls and other public places safe for our children and free from gun violence.

Albert G. Rosellini was governor from 1957 to 1965. Mike Lowry was governor from 1993 to 1997. Both are Democrats.

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Autolycus
April 10, 2006, 12:00 AM
I was waiting for some crazy anti to speak up and attack the "gunshow loophole" after the slayings in Seattle. Just was not sure when. And now I see them comparing the Columbine Massacre to the Seattle Slayings. I am willing to bet that the anti's start really making some noise during the next election and the next governor election.

Just make sure they do not really screw things up as I am hoping to move there in September. I want to be able to go buy my guns without a lot of hassle unlike here in the crime capital of the world where we can easily illustrate how wonderful gun control is.

bakert
April 10, 2006, 05:49 PM
Senile ex governors? Describes a lot of our Congressmen and Senators .:D

George S.
April 10, 2006, 06:12 PM
Of course there are no statistics or specific instances to back up what they are saying. I seem to recall reading the comment about the "gun show loophole" in other articles and IIRC, it was pretty much verbatim.

Today, anyone can walk into one of the 60 gun shows held annually in Washington and walk out with a handgun or assault rifle without a background check at the point of sale, without any recording keeping and without any waiting period.

One gun-show promoter recently noted that to purchase a gun at a gun show, “the only paperwork you need is cash.”
These two comments are pretty much BS. As a member of the Washington Arms Collectors (they run the two largest shows in the state), I had to provide information for a background check as a condition of membership. The only way that you can buy or sell a gun at at WAC show is to be a member of WAC. The shows have a number of vendors that are also brick and mortar gun shops and they even require you to fill out the 4473 and they call in the usual background check.

What the two ex-guv's don't say in their (supposed) comments, is that it is not against the law in WA for two private parties to buy or sell a gun.

The violent event on Capitol Hill bore a striking resemblance to the Columbine tragedy in Littleton, Colo., nearly seven years ago. The victims in the Capitol Hill shootings included two schoolgirls 14 and 15. As in the tragedy in Columbine, the perpetrator was a loner without a serious record, whose arsenal included assault weapons and other high-powered firearms.

There was no relationship between these two incidents at all. Both were certainly tradgies but the Seattle shooting was at a private party attended by invitees from a rave. While I am deeply saddened that two young girs died, what I do not understand is why their parents let them stay out all night (they did have permission) at an event where adults were present and these after hours parties typically had drugs and alcohol freely available. The 14 year old even had a 19 year old boyfriend.

As far as the shooter possessing guns, he may have had an AR clone but the other rifles were back at his apartment that he shared with another person and they were hunting rifles (he and his brother were hunters). And the guvs never mentioned the shotgun although the Seattle PD did not display the shotgun used in the killings but a "similar" one. Of course we have to assume it was similar and not something that would add fuel to the antigun fires because the Chief wanted it that way.

The whole artice was pretty much a laugher but the one thing I did find interesting was that the article was buried on the next to last page of one of the last sections in the paper for that day. It was not anywhere near the front page or even in the first section. I will give the TNT credit for not making it a prominent article. The Tacoma News Tribune is nowhere near the liberal democrat-sucking dog of a paper like the Seattle Post Intellegencer or the Seattle Times.

Dain Bramage
April 10, 2006, 07:01 PM
Let's not forget our third stooge; ex-Gov. Gary Locke. The Seattle Times ran a similar story last week with all three as authors.

Bellevue's CCRKBA ran a nice counter-article.

CCRKBA Response (http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=guns07&date=20060407)

Standing Wolf
April 10, 2006, 08:39 PM
Leftists are carrion feeders.

politicalpolls.us
April 10, 2006, 09:15 PM
We have good gun laws here in Oklahoma - very few! The laws are clear here -- if you are threatened in your own home you may shoot or use force. Crime has gone down. Nobody is breaking into houses in my neighborhood. Even the women are packin.

grampster
April 10, 2006, 10:05 PM
Wait, wait, wait...It's for the children.

LAR-15
April 10, 2006, 10:47 PM
That one guy was governor during the 1950s.

Why didn't he close the SO CALLED gun show 'loophole' then?

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