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The Brady Campaign vs. Rossi: Who’s got the gun politics right?

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on Sep. 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm with 5 Comments »
September 29, 2010 3:44 pm

Here’s an interesting take from the other side of the continent on Washington’s attitude toward guns. I personally don’t see much evidence that most Washingtonians are anxious to restrict firearms. If so, our laws don’t reflect the fact. “Assault rifle” bans go nowhere, even when Democrats own the Legislature.

The claim that Rossi would “allow the carrying of loaded, concealed handguns in Washington state by people legally barred from possessing guns in Washington, if they are able to carry elsewhere” is mystifying.

I don’t know of any other state with a more liberal policy on concealed weapons than Washington. Our law requires that applicants be issued concealed-carry permits if they are 21 years old and pass a background check. If there’s a state that lets people carry concealed firearms after flunking background checks, I want to know about it so I can avoid the place.

U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE DINO ROSSI
WANTS MORE GUNS, INCLUDING ASSAULT WEAPONS,
IN MORE PLACES

Washington, D.C. – Dino Rossi, the Republican candidate for the United States Senate from Washington has taken stands on gun violence prevention that are outside the mainstream of Washington voters by aligning himself with extreme gun views.

Like Tea Party candidates for federal office, such as Sharon Angle in Nevada, who suggests “Second Amendment solutions” to our nation’s problems, and Joe Miller in Alaska who thinks residents ought to be able to loaded carry guns in Wal-Mart, Rossi wants more guns in more places for more people. He even favors weakening the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), our nation’s top law enforcement agency on guns.

Rossi’s pro-gun votes during his tenure as a Washington State Senator bought him an A-rating and the endorsement of the NRA bosses. Rossi opposes restrictions on military-style assault weapons, including AK-47s and Uzis. He also would support legislation to allow the carrying of loaded, concealed handguns in Washington state by people legally barred from possessing guns in Washington, if they are able to carry elsewhere.

“As the nation with the highest rate of gun deaths among high-income countries, America needs elected officials who are willing to stand up for common sense gun laws,” said Helmke. “Dino Rossi’s support for gutting the ATF’s ability to enforce the laws, for pushing for easier access to assault weapons, and for allowing the concealed carry of loaded guns in contravention of state law is a clear indication that he’s out of touch with mainstream America.”

“Police chiefs and the majority of residents in Washington, as well as around the country, want to restrict access to assault weapons and are concerned about the proliferation of guns in so many public places. Candidates who push to loosen gun laws are viewed with suspicion by most voters,” added Helmke. “Rossi’s election to the U.S. Senate would make it difficult to pass sensible gun laws and to make this country safer.”

As the nation’s largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, works to enact and enforce sensible gun laws, regulations and public policies. The Brady Campaign is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.

Visit the Brady Campaign website at www.bradycampaign.org . For continuing insight and comment on the gun issue, read Paul Helmke’s blog at www.bradycampaign.org/blog/.

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  1. nokoolaide says:

    The constitution and myself couldn’t agree more!

  2. lovethemountains says:

    I don’t think there are that many people who, if they seriously and with informed knowledge take any position on gun laws, pay a great deal of attention to the Brady bunch. Most will recognize the Brady campaign as being a very radical and far left organization.

  3. scott0962 says:

    I believe Arizona requires no permit for it’s citizens to carry weapons, concealed or otherwise. It doesn’t get much more liberal than that.

    Typical propaganda from the Brady Campaign. “He also would support legislation to allow the carrying of loaded, concealed handguns in Washington state by people legally barred from possessing guns in Washington, if they are able to carry elsewhere.”

    Of course they don’t say that the reason these folks are barred from carrying in Washington is because our state doesn’t yet have a reciprocity agreement with their home state. The requirements and background checks are pretty much the same in every state that issues gun permits so the danger to Washington citizens is greatly exagerated by this statement.

    ““Dino Rossi’s support for …allowing the concealed carry of loaded guns in contravention of state law is a clear indication that he’s out of touch with mainstream America.”

    No, what Dino supports is changing the law, if the law is changed to permit it then no there is no contravention of state law as they claim. As for who’s out of touch with mainstream America, read on.

    ““Police chiefs and the majority of residents in Washington, as well as around the country, want to restrict access to assault weapons and are concerned about the proliferation of guns in so many public places. Candidates who push to loosen gun laws are viewed with suspicion by most voters,” added Helmke. ”

    Polls actually show the opposite, the majority of people around the country do not support the Brady Campaigns’ attempts to disarm law abiding citizens and while the liberal Association of Sherrifs and Chiefs of Police parrots their line the overwehelming majority of rank and file law enforcement do not share the Brady Campaign’s views. Statistics also show that gun control is a losing proposition at the polls as candidates in favor of it are regularly trounced by those who support the Second Amendment. Draw your own conclusion about who’s out of touch with the mainstream.

  4. lovethemountains says:

    scott0962 is right on with respect to the comment that “Police chiefs……want to restrict access to assault weapons and are concerned about the proliferation of guns is so many places.”

    Look closely and you will find the chiefs are among the minority of law enforcement officers who support unreasonable and unenforceable firearms laws. Rank and file officers, the ones who are still cops and not desk jockeys, do not support the Brady type organizations who clamor for anti-second amendment gun laws. The chiefs, particularly those who head up the larger departments, have become politicians and have ceased to have a grasp on reality when it comes to gun violence.

  5. larsman says:

    I’m wary of purposely vague and undefined generalities designed to elicit a channeled emotional response. Hence the Brady Bunch again.
    What actually qualifies as the feared and hated “assault weapon”?
    I submit that without further clarification, a ball point pen would also be an assault weapon.
    But only if it is black, or camo colored.
    But only if it can write more than one word at a time without leaving the paper.
    But only if you you have the ability to write in cursive longhand (fully automatic).

    The usual from the usual. 4998, 4999, 5000 Jan! We all need the bathroom…

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