Constitution Defenders, 2A Champions Flood Olympia

I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve. – Attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto regarding the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor

Driving rain that came down in sheets didn’t dampen the spirits of freedom-loving Washingtonians at Saturday’s Stand For Your Rights Rally in Olympia. Flooding the capitol steps under a downpour, Constitution and Second Amendment defenders spoke with one voice. And that voice was a giant roar (see video below). Via Americans for America – Washington:

It is time to stand up and be counted. We will not sit idly by and let our 2nd Amendment rights be taken away from us one inch at a time any longer.

The invitation includes:

“Our Constitution is under attack and we can no longer afford to remain on the sidelines. Come show your support for the liberties recognized and protected in the Constitution, especially the right that protects all other rights: the 2nd Amendment.”

Interests or groups on site included hunters, veterans, “III%-ers,” the American Legion, NRA members, and the Tacoma Narrows Tea Party. Also moms and dads. Teens and kids. Grandpas and grandmas. Petitions for I-1621 allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry on school campuses were also available.

Event Coordinator Khristopher Kord encouraged about 300 soggy stalwarts to engage in the culture war that includes defending God-given constitutional rights. “The time is now,” he said. “We’ve been keeping our mouths shut because we’re afraid of being judged when we talk about God and freedom. No more!”

Refering to anti-2A Leftista agitators, Kord asked,”What happened to the activist community that they’re literally marching to give up their rights?”

Regarding allowing teachers and administrators to arm themselves post-Parkland he said, “This is about rights and choices and being able to make decisions for themselves.”

Candidates on hand included Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer. He’s running against Maria Cantwell. “At what point do we say ‘Enough!’he asked. “We need a (peaceful) revolution in this state,” he said. Instead of seeing Washington as a “lost cause” – hopelessly Left-leaning – Gibson urged attendees to get active in the fight to protect our rights and prevent any further erosion of same. Instead of seeing Washington as a lost cause, “How about people see Washington as a beacon of hope and light and freedom for the rest of the country?”

Sen. Phil Fortunato (R-31st LD) delivered a fiery speech. Per the new Dem majority in the Senate, he said, “This year it was like the gates of hell opened.” Whenever he’s asked if he’s going to give back money he gets from the NRA, Fortunato said he responds, “Hell, no! I send them more money than they send me!”

About 300 activists stood in pouring rain for hours to rally for their rights.
Peggy Hutt of the Tacoma Narrows Tea Party talks to U.S. Senate candidate Joey Gibson.

“Everyone of us has a responsibility to stand up for our rights,” declared the senator. “You don’t have to be rude or nasty. Just ask (the other side,) ‘and then what?’ He also supports arming school teachers and administrators.

Hosted by the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans, the evening rally in Olympia was one of scores of similar events nationwide.

We arrived about 75 minutes prior to the 5:30 kick-off in Olympia. Holding umbrellas, American and other flags and signs, people were already gathering and circulating. Several open-carried.

And Nobody. Freaked. Out.

Local event organizer Kristopher Kord wrote on the group’s Facebook page:

We are not getting together to impress each other. We are showing up to demonstrate that we are regular people, who love our constitutional rights, and especially our 2nd Amendment rights, and exercise those rights in our daily lives, by “bearing arms.”

There were no “counter-protesters.” No legislators from Grays Harbor showed up.

Voter registration drives, networking, education, outreach, and other strategies were discussed.

Responsible gun owners are clearly sick and tired of being blamed for every deranged lunatic who goes on a shooting spree. Ditto being demonized, pilloried and condemned for committing the heinous act of – gasp! – legal gun ownership. They’re also sick of the foaming-at-the-mouth anti-NRA vitriol and venom spewed by no-nothing punks and haters like David Camera Hogg and his sidekick Emma Gonzalez.

Another Olympia rally is scheduled for next Saturday, April 21, at the capitol.

The ‘sleeping giant’ is awake. And believe you me, it is resolute. Like this guy.

Mark Robinson wasn’t in Olympia today. But his comments reflect the sentiments of most rally attendees. This guy is seriously AWESOME! Make it go viral:

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After Las Vegas, Now What?

Our hearts and prayers go out to all affected by the Las Vegas massacre.

From the Los Angeles Times:

People looking for a loved one in Las Vegas can call (866) 535-5654. The number doubles as Nevada’s 211 number to connect residents with health, human and social services.

As you know, there were numerous acts of selfless heroism on Sunday night. Amidst unspeakable evil, the goodness of ordinary Americans shone through like a beacon:

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‘Phasers on Stun’: What Are I-1491 Proponents REALLY After?

The gun-grabbing, tofu-munching, 2A-infringing, Chardonnay-swilling crowd has trotted George Takei out of moth balls to bolster support for their latest stupid idea: I-1491.  (See this brilliant post for background on this deeply flawed initiative.)

I received the following email from “Mr. Sulu” today. It was actually from the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the bunch that’s pushing I-1491. Subject line was, “darkest day in history.” Yes, all lower-cased. (History buffs might argue that the Battle of Gettysburg, the sinking of the Titanic, Hiroshima, or maybe, um, Good Friday might rightfully earn the “darkest day” moniker. But let’s not split hairs here, okay?)

Weighing in on I-1491, the so-called “Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO)” initiative, George had this to say:

From: George Takei info@wagunresponsibility.org

Friends,

The Pulse nightclub massacre will forever be one of our nation’s darkest days. I was overcome with grief, and knew I had to take action. So I founded One Pulse for America, a group dedicated to closing the “Passion Gap” on the issue of gun violence.

I could not help but be haunted by one thought: The Pulse massacre could have been prevented if a dangerous man hadn’t been able to obtain a cache of guns and ammunition.

That’s the truth with so many of the terrible shootings that we’ve witnessed, whether we’re talking about Newtown or San Bernardino or Tucson or any other tragedy.

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility agrees. It’s making sure that the deaths of countless Americans to gun violence will not go unanswered. Alliance is honoring their memory by fighting for Initiative 1491 to enact an Emergency Risk Protection Order (ERPO) policy for Washington state.

Please join me by pledging to support Initiative 1491 and help end gun violence >>

ERPOs give families and law enforcement the ability to keep guns away from people who could harm themselves or others — preventing tragedies before they happen. We must do everything we can to make sure Initiative 1491 passes on November 8th.

America’s gun laws are critically flawed. We need better interventions for individuals in crisis. The focus needs to be on prevention. That’s why I-1491 is such an exciting measure. Help me save lives by supporting it. (Emphasis in original.)

What’s the “Passion Gap”? Just wondering. Speaking of which, if you want to know more about One Pulse for America, click here.

Anyway, doesn’t knowing that Mr. Sulu is on the job help you sleep better at night?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the Starship Enterprise and crew as much as the next person. But seriously. America’s gun laws are “deeply flawed”? How?  I-1491 is “an exciting measure”? Compared to what?

I particularly love the “focus needs to be on prevention” line. Of course, the core issue regarding the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub was a heart problem, not a hardware problem. So I’m kinda of wondering, how does that “prevention” stuff work when the matter is internal? We’re going to pass more laws to make sure no one’s evil? We’re going to “save lives” through “preventative” or pre-emptive frontal lobatomies?

Think of it like this:

  • Eating too much Ghirardelli’s can lead to a diabetic coma. Let’s focus on “prevention” and shut them down.
  • Heart disease is a leading cause of death in America. Help me save lives by mandating a daily intake of kale, spinach and tofu for every man, woman, and child in America. On pain of arugula!
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor… oh, never mind.
  • My name is Hillary Clinton and I am not a crook! Believe me.

Not to point out the obvious here or anything, but since when has the Left been concerned with “saving lives”? Someone might want to bring up their undying support (pun intended) for Planned Death-hood. (Newsflash: guns save lives, too. Hello?)

Anyway, have you noticed the shift in Lefty rhetoric this election? It’s slight, but it’s interesting. Hint: “Prevention” has replaced “safety.” Because you peon citizens are too dumb to know how to take care of yourself and keep you and your families’ safe. You need more, bigger government to “help” you. With dumb ideas like I-1491.

This isn’t new. In fact, when it comes to implementing their agenda via initiative, the usual Lefty “phasers on stun” narrative goes something like:

  • Trot out some newfangled or newly regurgitated lunacy that can’t get past the legislature, the courts, or any citizen watchdog groups wise to a frontal assault.
  • Take the same Constitution-impinging, freedom-infringing, government-bloating stupidity and try to slide it past the asleep-at-the-switch crowd as an “initiative.”
  • Give it some fancy, benign title to confuse, diffuse, camouflage, or obfuscate the real agenda. Or all of the above. This works really well if you tune up a full orchestra with extra violins and soft lights. Bonus points if you throw in the word “protection.”
  • Pitch it as “for the children” or a “public safety” measure. If you’re short on violins, throw in some irrelevant but heart-rending stories about domestic violence or abused animals.
  • Get a bunch of dumb bells to sign on (hi, Seattle).
  • You’re home free in November. Or Pretty. Darn. Close. Especially if you can dredge up a Hollywood has-been to pitch it for you.

The pro-1491 contingent, affectionately dubbed the Arts & Croissant Crowd, have graciously posted a video to demonstrate. See below. Note the title. Posted on October 22, the video is dubbed “Washington, Vote Yes on I-1491 for Gun Control!” (Emphasis added.)

Someone may have tipped their hand more than they intended with that title. Off-script a bit, or true lies?

In case you’re in a hurry, let me point out a few worthwhile highlights from the vid. Like the second speaker. Sporting a nifty red “Moms Demand Action” T-shirt, she says something you may want to chew on:

“We have come a long way here in Washington. But there’s more we can do. And that starts with passing 1491. … Let’s pledge to do more….” (At about 1:20.)

What in the h-e-double tooth picks does that mean? Guess: The Arts & Croissant and ‘Prevention’ Crowd won’t stop with I-1491. That’s their starting point. Their words, not mine:

If “reducing gun violence,” holding-hands-around-the-campfire and singing kum-by-yah starts with I-1491, what’s next?

Incidentally, Jay Inslee puts in an appearance on this vid, too. At about 5:39. He insists, straight-faced, that “gun violence” is a “public health menace” and equates it with automobile accidents. (I’m not sure that driving is included in the Bill of Rights. Did I miss that?)

Btw. Not to get picky here or anything, but guess where Takei lives? Hint: It’s not in the People’s Republic of Washington. Beam him up, Scotty!

 

Also see: I-1491 and the Boo-Hoo Brigade.

Ryan Rips Democrats Over Sit In

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis) blasted House Democrats on their latest collective temper tantrum, a “sit-in” demanding a vote on gun control legislation.

During his Thursday presser, Ryan slammed Democrats for being Democrats. Okay. That’s not exactly what he said. Ryan did point out, however, that the “gun control” bills Democrats are carping about failed on a bi-partisan basis in both the House and the Senate. “Why?” he asked rhetorically. “Because in this country, you don’t take away people’s rights without due process.”

Does the Party of Debt, Dependency, and Detroit think the House floor is in Cuba? …

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House Dems Pitch Fit On Chamber Floor Over Guns

 

YarmuthHouse Democrats took to the floor – literally – to stage a sit-in over gun control on Wednesday.

Led by “a longtime lawmaker and civil rights icon” Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), the Party of Debt, Dependency, and Detroit staged the sit-in to block legislative business and demand that Republican leaders allow “long overdue” votes on gun-control measures.

Lewis said:

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Democrat Hypocrisy on Orlando

Dual tragedies rocked Orlando, FL this week. A massacre at the Pulse nightclub on Saturday. A two year-old boy snatched by an alligator at a Disney resort beach. Both attacks were deadly. Both are horrifying.  The Democrat/Liberal/Progressive (affectionately dubbed “DemoLib”) response to both tragedies highlights the glaring hypocrisy of the DemoLib approach to just about everything – and the mind-numbing ignorance of the mainstream media on guns.

Post-Pulse nightclub massacre, the usual suspects fairly leapt to the microphones to decry the “assault weapon” used by Omar Mateen in the mass shooting. The media had a collective meltdown over how “easy” it is for any nut job to purchase a gun.

It took about a nano-second for high-level DemoLibs to jump into the fray.

Speaking in Cleveland on Monday, Shrillary Clinton said…

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You Don’t Need to Be Concerned About Obama’s Executive Action on Guns

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So President Pants on Fire’s latest end-run around Congress that’s not an end-run around Congress has some peeps seeing red. Aw, c’mon, folks. Lighten up. Cuz his latest executive action on guns is clearly within his authority. We know this because Obama mouthpiece Valerie Jarrett says so.

Speaking on Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” the Obama senior advisor laid out the case for Obama’s executive action on guns plain and simple for the peasants:

“Let’s be specific – the president isn’t circumventing Congress. He’s doing what’s clearly within his authority to do. What he’s doing is well within the existing statute. He’s trying to make sure he does everything within his power to keep guns out of the wrong hands. Congress has a responsibility for acting. We welcome the opportunity to work with them to pass legislation. But they’ve made it very clear that they don’t intend to act. And so in their absence of action, we’re going to do what we can do. To be clear, Chris – the door is always open for us to engage with them and work on what we can do to make America safer.”

Told you not to worry.  According to Herr Jarrett, even when the president isn’t “circumventing Congress,” he’s circumventing Congress. But only when the legislative branch doesn’t do what he wants, when he wants. Got that? Besides. If you can’t trust an Obama apparatchik, who can you trust?

 

 

H/T: Breitbart