Sunday, February 10, 2013

How To Defeat Five Men When You're A 65-Year-Old Woman, Unless WA HB 1588 Stops You, and Goodbye Onion World

It's simple: own and use a firearm.

Meanwhile, in my state, Washington, and despite what our state constitution says on the matter of firearm ownership:

Article I - Section 24 - Right to Bear Arms
The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.
...one of my state House reps, Maureen Walsh, is currently an active participant in an attempt to impair our right to bear arms. She is a co-sponsor of Washington House Bill 1588, which seeks to establish a "universal" background check system. This bill would criminalize the transfer of firearms between private parties without the purchaser first undergoing a background check, even including such absurdities as requiring a grandparent to not give a hunting rifle to a grandson or granddaughter unless they get a background check first! Those of us with valid concealed pistol licenses would see our privilege of same-day possession of newly purchased firearms stripped from us, too, as we would have to wait for processing of background checks that we have already passed! And, to add insult to injury, it will cost $20 EVERY TIME to have one of these checks run on us.

In short, if this bill becomes law, it will universally hinder the ability of law abiding citizens of Washington state to exercise our inherent right to self defense, and the natural extension of that, the right to keep and bear arms. Criminals, on the other hand, will universally ignore the law. Anti-liberty politicians, Rep. Walsh included, are attempting to make us pay to exercise a right. Does this remind you of similar terrible policies of the past that were designed to economically disenfranchise people from the exercise of their rights?

Unless Rep. Walsh withdraws her support for this bill, then I am withdrawing my support from her. I will not vote for her again and I will actively support her primary opponents in the next election. Additionally, the last time I purchased a sausage from her business, Onion World, will become the last time I ever do so again, too. I'm not going to hand my hard-earned money over to someone who uses the support my capital provides to launch attacks on my rights, someone who harasses the law abiding to the benefit of criminals. Unless it turns out that they're on the same page as Rep. Walsh, I'll bring my business to her competitors from now on instead.

For those in Washington state who are concerned about these assaults on our liberties, here is some further information on people in our state government that you can contact about this terrible bill. The committee the bill is in front of at present will be holding a hearing on it this Wednesday, February 13th, at 8am. We have between now and then to let the members of the committee know what a horrible thing HB 1588 is.

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