As the 2014 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show wraps up today in Las Vegas, Moms Demand Action – Washington will gather this morning to demand action on gun laws, and they just might get what they asked for, because some gun rights activists will apparently also be there.
No doubt, their efforts will be masked by currently fashionable rhetoric that substitutes terms like "gun safety" and "gun reform" for "gun control," but savvy lawmakers will know and if they don't, the firearms folks will help clairify things.
The activities in Olympia kick off at 9:30 a.m., about an hour after the doors open here at the Sands Convention Center where the SHOT Show has been simply awesome since Tuesday’s opener. This column will be back in the Puget Sound tonight, long after the dust settles on whatever happens today at the Capitol.
The Moms group, which joined forces recently with anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, will have something called “Advocacy 101” at 9:45, and at 10:15, they will hold a press conference, presumably to get a sound bite on the mid-day news broadcasts.
Examiner has learned that at least a handful of gun rights advocates will be at the capitol today, offering some balance. This is not connected with the planned Guns Across America rally at noon Sunday, which is part of a national effort.
Also, there’s a weekend gun show in Puyallup at the fairgrounds, sponsored by the Washington Arms Collectors, one of the coalition organizations backing Initiative 591, the simple one-page measure that requires state background checks to comply with a uniform national standard. Tomorrow’s show may be lively and this column will be reporting from there. On Sunday — with the Seattle Seahawks in another big game on the road to the Super Bowl — a pair of tired feet will enjoy a day off.
What happens today in Olympia may be just a hint of things to come as the Moms group provides some indication of what their legislative agenda is for 2014. With backing from Bloomberg, and a 17-page gun control measure in the form of competing Initiative 594 in the mix, gun activists on the scene may have some opportunities to provide lawmakers with quick, opposing viewpoints. MAIG recently kicked in $30,000 to that effort, which has already spent twice as much as the I-591 campaign effort.
There will be a lot of that going around over the next eight weeks.