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Seattle Won’t Stop Failing Until It Stops Scapegoating Guns

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In the aftermath of Tuesday’s murder at a Seattle high school, city officials were quick to declare Seattle has a “gun problem,” but the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says the real problem is leadership and its failed policies.

“Two years ago,” recalled CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “school resource officers were removed from Seattle schools. Then came the council’s defunding of the police, and the loss of hundreds of officers. Even Chief Adrian Diaz acknowledged during a Tuesday press conference the department suffers from reduced manpower.

Councilwoman Lisa Herbold issued a statement in which she declared the city “has a gun problem,” and Mayor Bruce Harrell resurrected his animosity toward the state’s long-standing preemption law, that prevents local governments from adopting gun control ordinances that would likely conflict with state law. There is no evidence to suggest any local policy would have prevented Tuesday’s horrific incident that left a student dead in what may have been a “targeted attack.”

“Remember,” Gottlieb noted, “this terrible incident happened in the same city that adopted a gun and ammunition tax that was supposed to fund programs to prevent such crimes. Obviously, that failed. Seattle is headquarters to a billionaire-supported gun prohibition lobbying group whose initiatives were passed on promises of reduced gun-related crime. Those restrictive laws have also miserably failed. The number of murders in Seattle and the entire state have gone up, not down, and the gun control crowd refuses to admit their strategies have accomplished nothing, while providing false hopes to the public.

“Keep in mind,” he continued, “the suspect in the Ingraham High School shooting could not legally carry a gun. He violated existing state and federal laws by bringing a gun into the school. He fatally shot someone. How many laws does someone have to violate before Harrell, Herbold and Diaz figure out that the problem isn’t guns, it’s people who commit crimes, and it is leadership that defunds law enforcement, pursues soft-on-crime social policies and then tries to shift the blame to guns because they can’t, or won’t, punish the perpetrators?

“We commend the quick response by Seattle police officers,” Gottlieb said, “and the speedy apprehension of the suspect by Harbor Patrol officers and sheriff’s deputies, and we mourn for the student who was killed, and a family that will never be the same. But we cannot abide this blame-the-gun philosophy that distracts from actually holding people to account for crimes they commit and instead penalizes gun owners for things they didn’t do.”

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Drawer 22

    November 11, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    100 is allegedly the average IQ. In that equation, 50% are below average. I submit that DemonKKKraps overwhelmingly occupy that lower half, though DemonKKKrap morons and idiots likely drive the lower numbers.

    Cogito, ergo armatus sum.

  2. Kamja

    November 11, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    I can say David Bronson summed up in words what has been going through my mind. Especially paragraph 4, which really sums up the fact that city of Seattle and their gun control laws do not work and will not work. People who want to do harm to another person will in fact do harm regardless of the laws in place. Bad and crazy people are just that, bad and crazy. There is no amount of tax, which will fix or preempt violence from these people. It is sad to say but you just have to deal with violent people with more violence. It has been like that through human history and it will continue to be like that until the end of times. Until Seattle wakes up and smells the coffee, I will not let their paranoia affect my ability to protect my family and home from those wishing to do harm.

  3. KT

    November 10, 2022 at 11:44 am

    Harrell is a Republican Mayor who just increased police funding far past the point where it was defunded years ago.

    • Clark Kent

      November 10, 2022 at 7:42 pm

      Harrell a Republican? HAHAAHAHAAAAA. What are you smoking, dude?

      • Chris Lyon

        November 11, 2022 at 12:17 pm

        You are correct he is a dyed in the wool democrat! Washington has this insane law the top two primary vote getters in the run in the final so we had two democrats run for mayor in Seattle. So much for giving the people a choice. This came into affect on 2004 and look at what has happened to Seattle since.
        If I have to go, I go with some kind of Protection to defend myself .
        There are parts of Seattle that look like third world countries now.

    • Michael Matthew Mociulski

      November 18, 2022 at 8:51 am

      I live in the PNW and the Mayor of Seattle is not a republican. He blames guns and crime on anyone but the City council and himslef.

  4. Big Al 45

    November 10, 2022 at 9:49 am

    Democrats are the epitome of Einsteins observation that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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