Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dave Workman: CeaseFire, Town Hall ‘Civics Series’ to discuss gun control Monday

Dave does another outstanding job with this article:

Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, will be in Seattle Monday as the keynoter at Washington CeaseFire’s Spring Luncheon event at the Washington Athletic Club, and Monday evening he will lead a panel discussion on “gun reform” at Town Hall Seattle.

The panel will also feature CeaseFire President Ralph Fascitelli, Tony Gomez with Seattle/King County Public Health and State Rep. Cyrus Habib (48th District). According to the Town Hall website, “the panel will explore long-term solutions to reducing violence and changing the cultural status quo. Sandy Hook and other mass shootings have raised questions about gun legislation, prompting movements for change. This conversation will offer tools to make informed decisions about gun reform at all levels…”

Town Hall’s Civics series gathering will be moderated by veteran Seattle columnist Joel Connelly. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $5.
“Gun violence prevention” and “gun reform” are, gun rights advocates contend, simply semantic alterations of the term “gun control.” Ditto the term “gun safety.” Proposals in this realm invariably seem to ratchet down on the rights of law-abiding gun owners who would not likely commit a crime with a firearm, they argue.

In Connecticut, New York, Colorado and California, laws were passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy that essentially turned law-abiding people into criminals. Guns and magazines that they have owned for years are now prohibited. So-called "assault weapons" must be registered. Gun rights activists argue that registration is the precursor to confiscation. KVI’s John Carlson has stated repeatedly on the air that the only reason to register guns is to “tax them or to take them.”

While the gun prohibition lobby characteristically offers an agenda that includes bans on so-called “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines,” tighter restrictions on concealed carry, one-gun-a-month schemes, a closure of the so-called “gun show loophole,” and expanded background checks to include all transfers (not just sales) of firearms, it was the firearms community that came up with two common-sense solutions to violent crime that worked. Three Strikes and You’re Out, and Hard Time for Armed Crime started here in Washington State and swept the nation.

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