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Monday, January 14, 2013

Yesterday's Gun Control Rally, the NRA Member Who's Giving Up His Guns, and More

Posted by on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 11:20 AM

"I am a lifelong NRA member. My wife is a NRA member. My kids learned to shoot almost before they could walk," a man named Bill, who lives "not in Seattle" tells me. We're standing at Westlake Park, waiting for yesterday's gun control march to begin, and Bill is holding a small, handmade sign that reads, "Put the Guns Down." He'd rather I not take his picture, he says, because he's worried about "catching hell" from his shooting buddies.

So what brings this lifelong NRA member to Seattle's chewy liberal center on a day when frost is driving most people indoors—a day he'd normally be watching football with friends and family?

"My brother was killed with a gun. My wife's nephew was killed with a gun. I have a neighbor who lost his son to gun violence. And then Newtown... It just has to stop," he says. "As I see it, the most sure-fire way to stop people from killing other people with guns is to take guns out of the equation."

He continues: "It's a hard thing for me to admit. I had to witness too many lives ruined to get to this point. I love shooting. It's a hard thing to do, to take yourself out of that culture where I live. But I'm trying to do it one step at a time." Bill's New Year's resolution this year is to sell off his entire gun collection. Retire his lifelong NRA membership. Find a new sport to enjoy. "Maybe the crossbow."

Bill might've been one of the few recovering NRA members to attend Sunday's gun control rally but he was hardly alone. Event organizer Washington Ceasefire estimates that roughly 1,000 people braved the cold to march the mile from Westlake Park to the Seattle Center and demand our state legislature make gun control a priority this session. (My crowd estimate was about half that.)

Leading the charge was state Senator Ed Murray (D-Seattle), who says he'll introduce legislation this week to ban assault weapons. "No more children need to die," Murray tells the crowd after the walk to Seattle Center.

"That's what I want to hear," Bill mutters next to me. "That's why I came to march."

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More photos from yesterday's rally, taken by Molly Bauer, after the jump.

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All photos by Molly Bauer

 

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There are plenty of gun laws already in place that are not enforced. There were just as many guns around 30 years ago and these things did not happen. The real problem here is us as a society. We are no longer responsible for our actions. Nobody wishes to take responsibility for anything anymore. You may disagree, however you all know what I am talking about. Look around at the way people are these days. We have huge looming issues that may overtake all of us. Guns are not the problem. The problem is a lack of responsibility beginning in the home and enforcement of laws. None of the recent shootings would have occured if any of the firearms used had been "locked-up" in a safe or approved storage container. These guns were stolen. Responsible ownership is what needs to be reinforced. Parenting in the home needs to happen. If you own a gun lock it up.
Posted by Wagon puller on January 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM · Report this
Tom  Degan 13
There's a jolly good reason why I'll never leave the northeast. In this part of the country even the GOP can be counted upon to do the right thing when the going gets weird. I was reminded of this the other night when the New York State Senate approved, with rare bipartisan unity, what will prove to be the the strictest, kick-ass gun laws in the entire USA. The bill is being co-sponsored by Senators Jeffrey Klein (n Democrat) and Dean Skelos (a Republican). Said Senator Klien, "This will be the toughest gun control package in the nation....all in all, it is a comprehensive, balanced approach that will save lives.."

Let's hope this is merely the beginning.

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Tom Degan
Posted by Tom Degan on January 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 12
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Maybe do something so we stop seeing dead kids on the news and then you'd stop seeing kids at anti-gun demonstrations.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on January 14, 2013 at 6:03 PM · Report this
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I hate parents who use their kids in their useless protests.
Posted by Seattle has turned for the worse. Her people are weak on January 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM · Report this
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That would seem to preserve the founders' original intent.
Posted by Eric L on January 14, 2013 at 3:37 PM · Report this
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Perhaps the poster should've read "Keep muskets legal. Ban assault weapons."

The point is so much clearer with editing.
Posted by useyourbrain on January 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM · Report this
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True, muskets are already legal. Next time the poster should read: "Keep muskets legal. Ban assault weapons." Do you get the point now?
Posted by useyourbrain on January 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 7
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Hey! New meme! Wracked yr brain all weekend and came up with something new to say. Congratulations!

Not new new, but something you copied from a different part of the internet than you usually copy from. So I guess the plan is to repeat the sheep theme for the next 10 days or so?
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on January 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM · Report this
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on January 14, 2013 at 2:02 PM · Report this
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@4 take your racist bullshit back to Fox News.
Posted by wxPDX on January 14, 2013 at 12:34 PM · Report this
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Were there ANY representatives of the 'thug community', responsible for 50% of all gun murders in the USA, in attendance or was it all white people?
Posted by Should have marched to Rainier & Henderson at 2am on January 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
The NRA guy is selling all his guns? To who? Hopefully someone responsible, otherwise, he's making things worse, not better.

Also, muskets are already legal.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM · Report this
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Good for the NRA guy. And archery is a great way to get your target shooting kicks without the gun craziness. There is no doubt when a crossbow is loaded, and it's difficult for kids to do.
Posted by tiktok on January 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM · Report this
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Clearly the little girl in the yellow wrote her sign in blood to really drive the point home.
Posted by UNPAID COMMENTER on January 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM · Report this

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