Gun initiative goes too far | Letters

Please vote no on I-594. This bill is not about closing loopholes in purchases of firearms, but is about gun control, period. For instance, if I give my guns to my son for safekeeping while I am on vacation, we have broken the law. If I want to teach my wife safe gun handling at any place other than a shooting range, we are criminals. If I teach a youth group about gun safety and let them handle a gun, we are all criminals. That is not about closing loopholes.

Please vote no on I-594. This bill is not about closing loopholes in purchases of firearms, but is about gun control, period.

For instance, if I give my guns to my son for safekeeping while I am on vacation, we have broken the law. If I want to teach my wife safe gun handling at any place other than a shooting range, we are criminals. If I teach a youth group about gun safety and let them handle a gun, we are all criminals. That is not about closing loopholes.

Let’s look at facts. Cities that have similar legislation such as Chicago, Detroit and New York City are among the highest in murder and violent crime rates in the nation. It has really worked well for them, hasn’t it? Do we really think that criminals are going to abide by this law? This law is aimed at law-abiding citizens.

I am not against closing any loopholes, if they exist, but this law goes way beyond that. Please read all 18 pages of this bill and decide for yourselves. Have the proponents of this bill asked you to do that? Why not? To date, 22 of 39 Washington State sheriffs have publicly opposed I-594. Please don’t be misled by emotionally charged, high-priced TV advertisements paid for by out of the state gun control advocates.

Dee Williamson

North Bend