Opinion

People reject additional gun controls

gun control Gun control was soundly rejected by the voters in Olympia in the Nov. 7 election.
   A non-binding advisory vote was on the ballot to repeal our uniform state gun laws and allow counties and cities to pass very strict measures on their own–including gun bans. The measure failed by a 2-1 margin.
   This latest election result is one more example of what gun owners and their organizations have said all along: When the gun control issue is presented to the people at large and they are educated on the real impact, the people reject additional controls.
   The Olympia ballot measure was viewed as a straw poll by Washington Ceasefire, a state anti-gun group who may attempt a statewide initiative repealing uniform state gun laws, also known as state preemption.
   The Olympia outcome certainly put a damper on that effort.
   Gun grabbers hoped to use the Olympia vote as a springboard to give momentum to their gun control agenda. But not even Sarah Brady, Chairman of Handgun Control, Inc., could rally support for the anti-gun measure.
   Her appearance was attended by fewer than 30 people, perhaps an early indication of a lack of support for the measure.
   The bottom line is that if a gun control ballot measure can't pass in solidly liberal Olympia, it won't pass statewide.
   These results are consistent with earlier ballot measure attempts to ban handguns in Massachusetts in 1976, in California in 1982, and in Milwaukee in 1994.
   Despite polls predicting passage of such proposals, an informed electorate chose common sense over the false promises by gun control advocates.
   In all four cases, the vote of the people was solidly in favor of the Constitution and the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms.

Alan Gottlieb, Bellevue