Results are in and Washington gun laws haven't done jack

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At one point, the state of Washington was pretty pro-gun. That’s not overly surprising since it’s a fairly rural state.

But then the Silicon Valley types came in and shifted the politics of the state into being fairly anti-gun. In recent years, they’ve passed a number of gun control laws, all after being told that it would help reduce crime.


Of course, that’s always the claim.

The question is, did they?

Well, it sure doesn’t look like it.

A new report released Monday by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) offers ample evidence that two extremist gun control initiatives, along with additional legislation pushed by Democrat lawmakers has failed miserably, and should be repealed, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

“WASPC data released Monday showing a 96 percent increase in homicides since 2019 is damning proof that billionaire-backed gun control measures were, as we predicted, false pie-in-the-sky promises,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “Passage of Initiative 594 in 2014 and I-1639 in 2018 have accomplished nothing other than to create massive impairments, which we believe are unconstitutional, for law-abiding Washington citizens.

“At this point,” Gottlieb said, “it is fair to ask what good has any of these laws accomplished? These gun control measures have only helped make people less safe, and it should be clear to voters they’ve been deceived by the gun prohibition lobby, which will no doubt try to spin the new report to suggest even stricter measures are necessary.


Unfortunately, there’s a reason the voters won’t realize they’ve been deceived.

It’s because that report isn’t likely to see the light of day in any mainstream press room. No one is going to look at it and realize the people need to know that the story they were told isn’t what happened.

Washington State residents need the truth. They just won’t get it.

These measures are always framed as being good for public safety, as reducing crime, and yet when everything shakes out, they don’t. They don’t do anything of the sort. At most, they make it harder for law-abiding citizens in the state of Washington to buy or own these kinds of firearms or magazines.

The criminals, unsurprisingly, just find a way around the law. It may inconvenience them, but not in any meaningful way. It doesn’t stop them. It doesn’t even challenge them much in figuring out how to circumvent the law.

That’s just how it always goes. Washington State was on the right path before, but then they decided to drink the gun control Kool-Aid and are absolutely floored when it didn’t have the results they were promised.


Or, more accurately, they probably would if they were ever told just how little these laws actually accomplished.

Instead, they’ll just push for the next gun control law, completely oblivious as to how little has currently been accomplished by the existing laws. It’s far too typical for me to derive any enjoyment from how pathetic the attempt is, especially since they’ll invariably infringe upon someone’s right to keep and bear arms

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