There are about 200 people, a few with rifles slung over their backs, attending a peaceful rally on the state Capitol Campus late this morning and early afternoon. Their signs pretty much sum up the mood:
“Don’t Tread On Me.” ”No Freeman Shall Be Debarred The Use Of Arms.” ”Gun Control Is Victim Disarmament.”
The organizer is Jacob Kukuk, a Kirkland resident and computer systems engineer who is a director of a new Washington gun rights group, 2nd Enforcers or 2E. Kukuk said they are people who own guns for self-protection and believe that by defending the Second Amendment they can protect the First Amendment, too.
“We are wanting to help out Washington residents because we feel the larger gun-rights organizations don’t meet the needs of small people,” Kukuk said, suggesting that the National Rifle Association and Second Amendment Foundation have more of a national focus. “We plan on doing specific initiatives that the larger organizations would not have the time to do – like a firearm distribution program.”
Seattle recently staged a gun buy-back program, but Kukuk said: “We want to do something that is better for cities. Instead of doing a buyback program, we’d be taking firearms and redistributing them to the people with a background check and a firearms training course, which is far more productive than just taking firearms and destroying them.”
I asked if that meant he’d support background checks for all gun purchasers, which Democratic Rep. Jamie Pedersen of Seattle has been trying to get passed in the House. Kukuk said he had been supportive of such a bill and was hoping to find a compromise with gun-control advocates. But after seeing bills offered by Democrats that allowed a sheriff to enter a home to ensure firearms were locked up safety to protect children, he said it raised questions about motives of the gun-control advocates.
Among the rally’s speakers was North Bend city council member Dee Williamson
. He drew some applause by saying that “we are being attacked … We are law abiding citizens. We need to sacrifice some of the other things and get involved.”
Another speaker, who said he was from Lewis County, complained of government overreach. “We are rapidly becoming a government of the government, by the government and for the government.”
Kukuk said he plans to run for the Legislature somewhere in Seattle, but isn’t saying yet where. He indicated he might move into a district.