As Seattle officially inaugurates its new liberal Mayor Ed Murray and Socialist Councilwoman Kshama Sawant today, the Seattle Times revealed the latest tally in a weekend poll on gun rights and background checks that overwhelmingly rejects the notion of “universal background checks” via Initiative 594, a measure many liberal Murray and Sawant supporters will likely back.
The admittedly unscientific survey asked readers to weigh in on background checks. As of Monday morning, the tally on this poll found 3,812 votes (76.27 percent) saying background checks should apply to nobody because Americans have a right to bear arms. Another 849 people (16.99 percent) back Initiative 591, the straightforward measure requiring background checks to comply with a uniform national standard.
Trailing a pitiful distant third with a paltry 337 votes (6.74 percent) out of 4,959 cast was I-594, the 17-page gun control package backed by the Seattle-based Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. Does this result suggest that I-594 backers are somewhat isolated from the larger populace?
Does it all indicate that Seattle’s anti-gun liberals are as out-of-touch as their contemporaries elsewhere, including Colorado, where Democrats have suddenly realized there are serious financial consequences to pushing gun control? Published reports over the weekend reveal that Magpul – maker of after-market magazines for popular sport-utility rifles – is following through on its threat to pull out of Erie, Colo., and move its operations to neighboring Wyoming and down to Texas, taking an estimated $80 million annual revenue with it.
Those new gun laws already cost three anti-gun lawmakers their jobs, two by recall and one by resignation to avoid recall. Now they are costing the state money and the jobs that go with it. The firearms industry is robust, but the Centennial State is not going to benefit.
According to an analysis this morning from Townhall’s Michael Schaus, anti-gun liberals have only themselves to blame for rising gun sales. When they call for “confiscation, registration and regulation,” the public rushes to the retail counter.
Add to that the data showing fewer police gun deaths and lower homicides overall – a subject this column touched on Friday – and it raises questions about the gun prohibition lobby’s overall credibility. All of the bloodbath scenarios foretold and repeated ad nauseum by gun control proponents over the years as they opposed concealed carry and campaigned for permanent renewal of the ban on so-called “assault weapons,” and national waiting periods and so-called “universal background checks” have come to nothing. Crime has declined while gun ownership has climbed, along with the number of citizens obtaining concealed carry licenses and permits nationwide.
Meanwhile, a Utah gun manufacturer is making headlines today for bowing out of bidding on a multi-million dollar contract to supply firearms to Pakistan. Desert Tech is walking away from a possible opportunity, according to Fox News, “citing concerns (the guns) could eventually be used against U.S. troops.”
The announcement flies in the face of liberal, anti-gun mantra about the American gun industry putting profits above all else.
All of this points to a conclusion, gun activists suggest, that is inescapable. Gun prohibitionists have been, and remain, wrong and their rhetoric is as empty as promises that if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.