While gun control politicians were largely voted down last week, millions of dollars and an unfortunately-timed school shooting conspired to push through Washington State’s Initiative 594. The new law is strikingly anti-Second Amendment, calling for background checks on almost all gun transfers, including borrowing amongst friends and relatives. Opponents insisted that the new law would have done nothing to prevent the tragedy at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, even as proponents used the incident to their advantage.
Now Washington gun owners are fighting back. Incensed at the overreach of the new regulations, thousands of patriots intend to hold a mass protest once the law goes into effect. In fact, they intend to break the new law before the ink has a chance to dry on the state constitution. The plan involves a gathering of more than 5,000 people at the state capitol, where opponents of the law intend to freely exchange firearms in plain view of police and politicians. Hoping that their sheer numbers will prevent law enforcement from arresting them on felony gun charges, the group believes that the only answer to I-594 is a simple one: “We will not comply.”
If the group can manage to marshal as much live support as they have online, their act of civil disobedience could go off without a hitch. Police will have a hard time arresting more than 5,000 people in one fell swoop, and there is another factor in their favor: most police officers in Washington strongly opposed the law to begin with. Hopefully the protest will show I-594 supporters the folly of the new regulations.
Where Else Can We Limit Freedom?
Unfortunately, even as Washington’s citizens try to find ways to repeal the law, gun control advocates are trying to get it passed elsewhere. Their first target? Nevada, where signatures in support of a similar ballot measure are already being handed over to state officials. Nevadans for Background Checks hope to have citizens vote on the proposed initiative in 2016.
As gun control groups sidestep elected representatives, it’s more important than ever for 2nd Amendment supporters to get the word out. It’s more important than ever to make sure your voice is heard when these ballot measures come to your state. And it’s more important than ever to get out and vote when these initiatives are up for referendum. Advocates for I-594 have already said they hope to bring stricter background checks to Oregon, Arizona, and Maine when they’re done with Nevada.
These campaigns are successful because they are well-funded by liberal billionaires who won’t hesitate to use every fear-tactic in the book to advance their unconstitutional cause. When voters are subjected to a steady stream of glossy propaganda, even typically-sensible individuals can find themselves utterly brainwashed by the onslaught. That’s why these misinformation campaigns must be met with reasoned, logical counterpoints. When the gun control crowd says that stricter background checks make for a safer state, opponents need only present the statistics that say otherwise. It has to be done before the voting, though. As Washington’s gun owners are probably about to find out, getting rid of a law is a lot harder than preventing it in the first place.