Likewise, nobody complained about the campaigning done by Shannon Watts, an Indiana resident, who heads Moms Demand Action, another Bloomberg-supported group. Nor was there a whimper when Arizona residents Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly traveled to Washington to influence the vote.
Yesterday’s Seattle Times editorial whining over possible legislative challenges to Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure that takes effect this week – and may still face legal battles – is getting no sympathy from readers.
Simply because people are Second Amendment advocates does not make them second-class citizens. And they have every right to challenge what they feel is an unjust and unworkable law, which is what they’re saying in the Times reader response column.
The Times complained about possible efforts by the National Rifle Association to blunt the initiative’s onerous provisions by working with lawmakers in Olympia. Said the Times editorial board: “State lawmakers already face a weighty agenda of education-funding mandates and transportation-infrastructure needs, so any out-of-state NRA meddling on the popular ballot item would be a distraction.”
A reader identifying himself/herself as “Big Block” wrote in response, “…why is the ST complaining about the NRA when an out-of-stater donated over a million bucks too I-594? Hypocrites…” True enough; there was no complaining on the newspaper’s editorial page about financial support for I-594 from New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, or his New York-based lobbying group, Everytown for Gun Safety.