KIRO is reporting that this afternoon in downtown Seattle, a group of “gun safety advocates” is holding a rally starting at 3 p.m. at Westlake Park, with Trudi Inslee, wife of Gov. Jay Inslee, as a speaker, along with Alorie Gilbert with Moms Demand Action.
Second Amendment rights activists only learned of the event this morning and are calling this what it really is, a gun control event. One reader responding this morning to the KIRO story noted, “I think that to say this rally is not anti-gun is kind of disingenuous. And if this is really about gun safety then we should be hearing a proposal to have gun safety taught in schools. But we won’t.”
Alan Gottlieb, chaitrman of the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, had an interesting observation. Upon learning of the afternoon rally, he told this column, “If they were selling a commercial product, they’d be indicted for false advertising,
According to the agenda on the event’s Facebook page, the group will march from Westlake to Lake Union Park “with Seattle Police Department Security in place.” What are they worried about, other than getting in the way of some Friday afternoon traffic? If they don’t care for firearms, why have security provided by people carrying them?
At Lake Union Park, they will hear from State Sen. David Frockt about gun control legislation in Olympia and how “Washington state can take action while the other Washington remains in gridlock.” Frockt is a Democrat representing the 46th District that takes in part of north Seattle.
Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the attack at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Snohomish County. The teen responsible for that shooting killed four classmates and then took his own life. He illegally carried the gun from home to the school, in violation of existing gun laws. His father was convicted in federal court last month of illegally possessing six firearms, including the handgun used in the high school attack.
The Facebook entry for today’s rally mentions a vigil tomorrow in Marysville. Today as the rally wraps up, they will have a moment of silence for the victims of that tragedy. It will be interesting to see whether they consider the shooter to be one of the victims.
Bottom line in all of this is that KIRO’s headline writer should not be duped into believing this rally, or the group behind it, has anything remotely to do with genuine gun safety. If this were a safety event, there would be NRA-certified firearms instructors, hunter education instructors and people teaching the safe handling of firearms, not trying to ban them.
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