The Washington State Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and said I-1639 would be on the ballot in November after all. Initiative I-1639 would classify any semi-automatic rifle as an assault rifle (including the most popular rifle in the world, the .22 caliber Ruger 10-22).
The initiative was thrown out by a lower court, because initiative supporters didn’t follow the law. By reinstating the initiative, the WSSC basically has set a precedent that the law doesn’t matter. So future initiatives, we presume, could be as slipshod as we like, and they’ll get on the ballot just fine. But do we stop there? Do we have to do follow any law? Fasten our seatbelts? Drive the speed limit? Follow I-1639?
Republicans are just as offended, saddened and disgusted by school shootings as anyone. But infringing on our natural right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, putting food on the table, and yes, as protection from tyranny, is not the solution. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution requires government to protect this natural right, not attack it. The solution is to stand up to these homicidal bullies. Most of these cowards put the gun to their own head the minute they’re faced with the slightest resistance. We must provide the resistance. It’s the exact opposite to what Ineffectual-1639 is proposing.
The moment your ballot arrives in the mail, vote NO on I-1639. And while you’re at it, elect as many Republicans as you can. Vote as if your life depends on it. Because it does.