Monday evening’s Town Hall Seattle forum featuring top local and national spokesmen for gun control might better have been a discussion about world-class hypocrisy, since a sign on the door advised that guns were prohibited, and the anti-gunners were protected by armed security.
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Headlining the event was Brady Campaign President Dan Gross and Washington CeaseFire President Ralph Fascitelli. Town Hall Seattle had a sign in the glass door stating “No firearms allowed in the building. Thank you for your cooperation.” Inside was a visibly armed security guard.
It amounts to an acknowledgement that what Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said 18 months ago is true. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he noted after Sandy Hook, and he was quickly criticized by gun control proponents who, considering last night’s event, evidently agree without admitting it.
Monday night’s forum, headlined “Gun reform: Where do we go from here,” was attended by about 50 people. The program was presented by Town Hall “in partnership” with CeaseFire as part of Town Hall’s “Civic Series.” But with the armed guard, the subject might have easily strayed into a discussion of hypocrisy.