Via Drudge, from a leftist anti-rights useful idiot at the Seattle Times:
Misstep in gun bill could defeat the effort
One of the major gun-control efforts in Olympia this session calls for the sheriff to inspect the homes of assault-weapon owners. The bill’s backers say that was a mistake
It’s a “misstep” because they said what they want to do. They gave away what their plan is. They’re not opposed to it, it’s just a mistake to say so this soon. It’s not a misstep, it’s the next step.
“In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall … safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.”
In other words, come into homes without a warrant to poke around. Failure to comply could get you up to a year in jail.
The author, a typical leftist statist idiot who supports “common sense” gun bans, which means of course means total eradication of citizens’ rights and the supremacy of the state, isn’t intellectually honest enough to acknowledge that this is what his side wants. Assuming he’s being truthful, he’s amazingly naiive. Somehow he manages, along with the rest of the leftists who supported “common sense” home invasions by the state, to be shocked, shocked, I tell you:
I have been blasting the NRA for its paranoia in the gun-control debate. But Palmer is right — you can’t fully blame them, when cops going door-to-door shows up in legislation.
I spoke to two of the sponsors. One, Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, a lawyer who typically is hyper-attuned to civil-liberties issues, said he did not know the bill authorized police searches because he had not read it closely before signing on.
“I made a mistake,” Kline said. “I frankly should have vetted this more closely.”
It’s eight pages long. He either read it and supports it or he’s phenomenally incompetent, and is destroying civil rights without even bothering to look at what he’s doing – but since he says he supports the idea, he still supports it. The Founders would’ve tarred and feathered him and ridden him out of town on a rail.
The prime sponsor, Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, also condemned the search provision in his own bill, after I asked him about it. He said Palmer is right that it’s probably unconstitutional.
“I have to admit that shouldn’t be in there,” Murray said.
He said he came to realize that an assault-weapons ban has little chance of passing this year anyway. So he put in this bill more as “a general statement, as a guiding light of where we need to go.” Without sweating all the details.
This is their guiding light. The prime sponsor is, just like all leftist politicians who get caught, blaming someone else and denying his own involvement. He still thinks it’s a good idea, and it is the guiding light of where they “need” to go. Straight into a dictatorial world where those filthy serfs are controlled by the enforcers of the state, and their will to resist is crushed, their homes are invaded at will by the enforcers, and the supreme political ruling class is firmly in control, leading the people to the glorious future. The people are too stupid to live their own lives, they need to be controlled, they need to be dominated, they need their homes invaded by the state to force them to comply.
They want tyranny. It is their goal.
Later, a Senate Democratic spokesman blamed unnamed staff and said a new bill will be introduced.
Sure. Unnamed staff. “Oh, shit, we got caught – blame the intern!”
“We will only win if we reach out and continue to change the hearts and minds of Washingtonians,” Murray said. “We can attack them, or start a dialogue.”
Good plan, very bad start. What’s worse, the case for the perfectly reasonable gun-control bills in Olympia just got tougher.
Clausewitz is famously paraphrased as saying: “War is a continuation of politics by other means.” This is a war.
Murray speaks in terms of forcing a change of will on the people. Representative republics elect their officials to represent the will of the people. Here, the Seattle Democrat senator Murray is dictating that he will change the will of the people to his ends. He speaks of “hearts and minds”, made famous by the Iraq war, and he speaks of “attacking them”. This is a would-be tyrant pushing his will on the people – telling them what they shall be given, and what they shall live by. The people didn’t choose dictatorship.
The leftist lapdog author writes “good plan, bad start”, not because he disagrees, but because he can’t get his total gun bans that he, a Ruling Class information minister, wants to see. He wants tyranny as well, because he’ll be on top. His Orwellian newspeak “reasonable” is ban on civilian ownership of modern rifles. His “good plan” is to destroy citizens rights, he just is sad because the “very bad start” is by telling people what he and the rest of the left ultimately wants – to invade their homes and disarm them. He’s upset because there will be resistance to this – because they showed exactly what they are.
“I’m a liberal Democrat — I’ve voted for only one Republican in my life,” Palmer told me. “But now I understand why my right-wing opponents worry about having to fight a government takeover.”
He added: “It’s exactly this sort of thing that drives people into the arms of the NRA.”
There’s a saying – a conservative is just a liberal who’s been mugged.
People are going to the NRA because they’re seeing from experience what the left wants. The left is upset that they’re being exposed. They aren’t upset at all at what they’re proposing (as evidenced by the “good plan, bad start” commentary by the propaganda arm apparatchik at the Seattle Times).
He “understands” worry, and laments that people go to the NRA. He’s lamenting that his cause has made a “misstep” and showed people exactly what they are – dictator wannabes. And the Democrats in Washington are just upset that they haven’t quite brainwashed everyone into becoming lockstep drones who beg the state to come and control them.
If this post seems a little more harsh than many of my other ones, it’s because it is. We’re seeing an apologist for tyranny twisting words to mean things they don’t. He speaks of “common sense”, “reasonable”, and “good”, all in the same breath that he defends the people who wrote a bill that puts the government into your house. He claims to lament that, but still supports the idea that leads to it.
This is the “just the tip” with the rapist. There is no compromise with these people. None. Either you stand your ground, or they will simply bleed you dry, little by little. They will lie and say “common sense” that isn’t, “reasonable” that’s wholly unreasonable, and “good” when the entire force, purpose, and history of their argument is evil itself – of the domination of mankind and destruction of liberty.
There is no compromise with this. This is the kind of outrage that the Founders overthrew and then sought to prevent.
Update: HotAir has a little day-after roundup on this.