While four gun rights groups were announcing a reward fund yesterday to help find the killer or killers of Chinatown International District activist Donnie Chin, the anti-gun-rights Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility was busy capitalizing the ninth anniversary of the Seattle Jewish Federation shooting via e-mail, omitting one important fact in the process: The gunman in that incident had passed a background check.
WAGR was also still using Chin’s slaying last Thursday to push its agenda on its Facebook page, omitting another important fact. Chin was an active member of the Washington Arms Collectors, and had been a regular table holder at their monthly Puyallup gun shows for 20 years.
BULLETIN: The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Florida’s controversial “Docs v. Glocks” law for a second time and lifted an injunction that allows the state to enforce the laws, which restricts physicians from asking patients questions about firearms ownership, and keeping that information on file.
The Unified Sportsmen of Florida noted in a press statement, “physicians interrogating and lecturing parents and children about guns is not about gun safety. It is a political agenda to ban guns. Parents do not take their children to physicians for a political lecture against the ownership of firearms, they go there for medical care.”
As this column noted yesterday, a $4,000 reward fund has been established by WAC, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Second Amendment Foundation and Protect Our Gun Rights. CrimeStoppers has a separate $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and crinminal charges against Chin’s killer or killers.
Where was WAGR when the reward was announced? Perhaps hoping nobody would remember that almost two years ago, Federation shooting victim Cheryl Stumbo acknowledged to KING 5 News – the local NBC affiliate – that gunman Naveed Haq had passed a background check when he bought guns in the Tri-Cities prior to the 2006 attack in Seattle. Indeed, many mass shooters have passed background checks, leaving one to wonder why gun control proponents promote them so energetically.
What are the odds that whoever shot Chin last Thursday morning skipped a background check to acquire the murder weapon(s)? At least two guns were apparently involved in the shooting that claimed Chin’s life, according to Seattle police. Did the highly-respected lifelong community activist stumble into a gun battle, or was he the target?
Yesterday’s WAGR e-mail reminder of the Federation attack, signed by Zach Silk, only noted that “Nine years ago today, a disturbed young man from the Tri-Cities armed with two semi-automatic pistols drove to the Seattle Jewish Federation and shot six women, killing one.
“We’ve made progress over the past 9 years,” the message asserted. “With universal background checks, it’s now harder for criminals and the mentally ill to get their hands on a gun in Washington. There is little doubt that lives have been saved as a result of our work. But the hardest work is still ahead.”
Passage of Initiative 594, WAGR’s $10 million handgun registration scheme sold to voters as a crime-fighting “universal background check” measure, obviously didn’t keep guns out of the hands of Donnie Chin’s killer(s). The WAGR e-mail didn’t specifically explain what sort of “hard work” still lies ahead, other than to “pass common sense gun safety laws.”
Perhaps at least part of the answer might be found in the WAGR Facebook post from a man named Frank Lawrence. His plan for “improving gun safety” involves registration of all guns in a national database. “It will be illegal to carry an unregistered gun in public,” he says. While there is no limit on the number of guns someone can own, and no plan for confiscation, Lawrence’s scheme involves registering all guns with the motor vehicle system.
Lawrence also would make it illegal “to have a gun in your possession on public property without a license to use it. All gun owners will be required to obtain liability and Medical insurance coverage at the time of the issue of the license. The insurance will help cover the costs of damages and injuries caused by the weapons.”
Certainly, Lawrence does not speak for WAGR. His ideas are his own. But how many gun control activists would quickly go along?
MEANWHILE, don’t forget tonight’s grassroots session at the Comfort Inn Suites in Federal Way, 7-8:30 p.m. Sponsored by the National Rifle Association, the meeting will feature State Rep. Jay Rodne.
The Washington Arms Collectors’ August gun show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds runs Saturday and Sunday, starting at 9 a.m. both days. Saturday will also see the annual King County Republican picnic at Redmond’s Marymoor Park, around the Melodrome Pavilion. Admission is $5 apiece or $25 per family.
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