Democrat Opposes Common Sense Gun Transport on Amtrack

BELLEVUE, WA – Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) is once again demonstrating her disdain for gun owners and their rights by opposing an amendment to her Amtrak funding legislation that would allow firearms to be carried in baggage aboard trains, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

“Patty Murray evidently has a short memory span,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “Has she already forgotten what happened to her friend, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, in the primary because of his extremist anti-gun philosophy? Surely she knows about Tuesday’s primary election results in New York City, where anti-gunner Richard Aborn came in last in a three-way race for Manhattan prosecutor by running on his gun control record.”

Murray is opposing an amendment, added to her Amtrak bill by Sen. Roger Wi cker (R-MS), that would allow train travelers to transport firearms in their luggage, provided the guns are declared at check-in and they are locked up for transport. This is no different than flying with firearms, Gottlieb noted, “and people do that every day.”

“The amendment passed 68-30,” Gottlieb noted, “and Murray’s opposition shows she is way out of the mainstream on this issue. Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid supports the measure. People used to take firearms on trains all the time. Someone should tell the senator that constitutional rights don’t end at the Amtrak boarding platform.”

Murray argues that the amendment would be too costly and time-consuming, because Amtrak would have to create a process for checking and tracking guns.

“That’s a bogus argument,” Gottlieb countered, “and she knows it. The Transportation Security Administration already has that process down pat. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. That option has apparently not occurred to her, or maybe it has and she just can’t get beyond her narrow gun prohibitionist viewpoint.

“Amtrak has been losing money for years,” Gottlieb concluded. “Maybe it’s because American gun owners won’t travel with a carrier that treats them like outcasts. Maybe gun owners will return that sentiment when Murray runs for re-election next year.”

Making Do with the Old Bow and Arrow

By Glen Wunderlich
Outdoor Columnist
Member Professional Outdoor Media Association

Years ago, I worked with a gentleman from Scotland who once remarked that if he were wealthy, he would hire someone to break in new shoes for him. I, too, have my own wealthy bucket list: I’d get someone to fetch arrows for me after I fling them downrange. Kids would be good for that, but I’m fresh out of them now. A Labrador retriever might work, but bent up arrows would be as useful as Barack Obama’s lecturing about the virtues of green jobs to coal miners in West Virginia.

I’ve never been one to practice with my bow for months before the season – in a large measure because of my aversion to retrieving arrows. But, it’s more than that. My bow is an ancient PSE Fireflight – the only one I’ve ever owned. I pull it out of the case every year, nock an arrow and take pleasure in its accuracy without any tweaking whatsoever. At a mere 57 pounds draw weight, it’s smooth, easy, and predictable.

But that was then. No, I didn’t splurge on a crossbow, although I’ve given it careful consideration. For many years I have used an electronic transmitter in the arrow shaft, when coupled with its receiver, permits me to locate my arrows, which are designed to remain in game by means of a penetration limiting design. The trouble is that the system appears to be obsolete, which means when the battery-powered transmitter finally dies, so does the whole concept. So, rather than wait for the inevitable, I have chosen to revert to more conventional methods of game recovery: watching, trailing, and a good hound dog.

One of the disadvantages of having a transmitter in the arrow shaft has been its weight of 65 grains. Even with the lightest of broadheads at 75 grains, my arrows have been quite heavy and slow.

It was time for an experiment to see if I could flatten trajectory a bit. I wondered how much speed I would gain by eliminating the transmitter and going with only a 75-grain tip. I set up a chronograph to measure arrow speed and found that the 140-grain model was poking along at 193 feet-per-second (fps.) I swapped tips and gained a whopping 10 fps. I was hoping for much more but without increasing draw weight or going against my innate cheapness and moving up to carbon arrows, I’d have to settle for my new reality.

But statistics are just that. Statistics. I had to determine what the extra speed and lighter shafts would mean at the range. So, I set up three arrows with 140-grain practice points and three with 75-grainers. Without moving my sight pins, I shot the heavy ones first. As usual, they were on the mark at 20 yards; the lighter ones were several inches higher, as anticipated.

Moving back to 25 yards, the difference became more evident, and at 30 yards about six inches of elevation drop was eliminated with the “speedy” models. No doubt I was on to something but it will take some tweaking and practice to get acquainted with my new, old bow. Anybody have any ambitious kids with time on their hands?

Sunstein Confirmed

Glen Wunderlich: “Obama stays the course by surrounding himself with tax cheats, communists, Second Amendment enemies, and now an anti-hunter, as well, to further change – change from the greatest country in the world to one of tyranny.

Columbus) – Last night the sportsmen’s community came within five votes of stopping the nomination of Cass Sunstein to serve as the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), otherwise known as the “Regulatory Czar.” Sunstein is an avowed anti hunter and does not believe the second amendment applies to individual gun ownership.

While a confirmation vote took place today, it was a formality after the Senate voted to over-ride a hold placed on the nomination by Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson. It would have taken 40 votes to prevent the confirmation. Opponents of Sunstein were only able to earn 35. Alarmingly 22 out of 53 senators who are members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus voted in favor of Sunstein.

“Having 42 percent of the sportsmen’s caucus vote for an anti-hunter when were just five votes away was a real blow,” said Bud Pidgeon, USSA president and CEO. “As we have, sportsmen should take note which of their ‘friends’ voted for them and which did not.”

Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow is one sportsmen’s caucus member that voted for Sunstein.

“As a hunter and conservationist I am extremely disappointed that Senator Debbie Stabenow voted to confirm Cass Sunstein,” stated Bill Walker, member and past president of the Michigan Bear Hunters Association. “As a member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Congress, Senator Stabenow’s vote is hypocritical because it confirms the appointment of an outspoken animal rightist who could undermine hunting and effective wildlife management.”

The USSA and others, including the National Wild Turkey Federation, argued for weeks that Sunstein’s views against recreational hunting, the second amendment and on giving animals standing in court should persuade the Senate to defeat the appointment.

Regulatory Czar Vote Today

(Columbus, Ohio) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has scheduled a vote for Wednesday, September 9 on a presidential nominee opposed by many American hunters, gun owners, and farmers.

The nominee, Cass Sunstein, has been tapped to lead the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) or “Regulatory Czar” as the position is known. The job functions as the “choke point” between the White House and regulations from government agencies including the Departments of Interior, Agriculture, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The vote will take place over the objection of Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), who is attempting to place a hold on the appointment. To force the confirmation vote, Senator Reid has scheduled a vote of cloture – a procedural move to force a vote on an appointment. Cloture requires 60 yes votes.

That is where the controversy begins. Sunstein has written and spoken extensively regarding his anti-hunting and anti-2nd amendment positions. He’s also advocated in favor of legal standing in a court of law for animals.

For example, he has written that the history of the 2nd amendment does not support the concept that it covers individual gun ownership rights, but rather that it was intended to cover state militia’s or today’s national guards. This in spite of the recent Supreme Court decision reaffirming an individual’s right to own firearms.

Sunstein has also written that if the sole purpose of hunting were recreation, perhaps it should be banned. Many American hunters pursue game species such as pheasant, ducks and rabbits not for any population control, but to provide recreation for those who prefer to hunt and eat game.

He has advocated that state animal cruelty laws should be applied to hunting and livestock, and further that organizations should be able to sue on behalf of animals in court.

“All of Mr. Sunstein’s views are far outside the mainstream of American opinion,” said Bud Pidgeon, USSA president and CEO. “If he was able to implement them, severe damage would be done to the sporting goods industry in general, cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, dry up funding for wildlife conservation and hurt the economies of rural towns all over the country.”

“When his views came to light during his confirmation hearing, Mr. Sunstein wrote off years of speeches, books, and academic papers he has authored by saying he would not seek to implement his views into this job,” said Pidgeon. “We remain unconvinced as his recantation of his extreme views did not come about until his nomination seemed in question.”

The Alliance has received a flood of calls, letters, and emails from sportsmen across the country who are deeply concerned about this nominee and who wanted to know their Senator’s position on the issue.

Pidgeon said that win or lose, the USSA will report to sportsmen and all citizens about how each Senator voted.

Take Action!!! It is imperative that sportsmen and all citizens who believe in American traditions contact their Senators TODAY and tell them to vote AGAINST the confirmation of Cass Sunstein to head the powerful Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Tell them he has been an advocate for the animal rights movement and is an anti-hunter, against gun ownership, and wishes to give animals the right to sue in court.

Please use the Legislative Action Center to contact your senator.

Crossbows Coming to Michigan

By Glen Wunderlich
Outdoor Columnist
Member Professional Outdoor Media Association

The use of crossbows in Michigan’s woods will increase dramatically this hunting season with relaxed regulations paving the way for consumer stimulus via the devoted hunting community. In a nutshell, the Natural Resources Commission approved the use of crossbows for all bowhunters in southern Michigan this year. In addition, archers over 55 years of age are permitted to use them in northern Michigan, as well. With a burgeoning deer herd and hunter numbers in decline, (and hunter revenue, too) lawmakers took a bold move to address these issues.

I realize misconceptions exist, because I harbored some of them myself. But on a recent media shooting event in Missouri, I was able to get the facts from the International Hunter Education Association and was able to test one of the slickest crossbows going.

Here are some basics. Crossbows are believed to have existed for over 2000 years, well before gunpowder was introduced. By the mid 1970s short crossbow seasons were tested in Ohio and Arkansas to determine the impact on hunters and wildlife populations. Since then, seasons have been expanded and have provided greater opportunities for hunters.

To produce the same arrow speed as modern compound bows, crossbows must have more than twice the draw weight than that of compound bows. The reason is that “power stroke” – the distance the arrow is pushed – is less than half of the compound’s. The crossbow must have substantially more mass to absorb the shock so that it is not transferred to the shooter. Because of this, they make more noise when discharged than the compound bow.

Ballistic tests show that there is very little, if any, difference in the impact of broadheads shot from a crossbow and a compound bow. The trajectory of arrows shot from each is virtually identical in a 40-yard shot comparison.

What makes crossbows inviting, however, is the fact that they can be cocked at the beginning of a hunt, and therefore, remain at the ready without further effort and movement. With cocking aids such as hand cranks, hunters without the strength to pull back a compound bow or a crossbow are able to do so.

At the range, I was able to test a modern crossbow and was surprised at the ease of operation. It was no big deal to simply pull the string back with the proper use of my legs and arms. No special mechanism was necessary. Lee Zimmerman, Director of Market Development for Horton Manufacturing, gave clear instructions on the grip with the supporting hand: Keep the fingers away from the arrow’s flight groove or your texting chores would become a bit more difficult.

Next we performed a side-by-side comparison of Horton’s new Vision compound bow to a more conventional model. The Vision makes up a substantially smaller overall package than others because of its innovative reverse limb design. Arrow speed is advertised at 325 feet per second, and although not the fastest on the market, it might be the quietest! (And, what hunter doesn’t want a quiet bow?) Shooting it was a breeze, which is another great feature of crossbows and the learning curve is short.

As stated in a previous column, I like tools that can get the job done with minimal risk of errant shots. A decked-out crossbow fits the bill and I look forward to the day when I tote one afield.

The Folly of Political Alaskan Wolf Management

By Glen Wunderlich
Outdoor Columnist
Member Professional Outdoor Media Association

Senator Diane Feinstein and another Democrat from Maryland, Benjamin Cardin, have introduced legislation aimed at curtailing aerial shooting of wolves in Alaska. It’s mind boggling how a couple of city slickers such as these two could conjure up a scheme to manage wildlife better than the experts in the Alaska Division of Fish and Game, Wildlife Conservation, but they’re giving it their best shot.

You’d think that Alaska’s wildlife biologists might want to have a say in the matter, and they do: “Wolves and bears are very effective and efficient predators on caribou, moose, deer and other wildlife. In most of Alaska, humans also rely on the same species for food. In Alaska’s Interior, predators kill more than 80 percent of the moose and caribou that die during an average year, while humans kill less than 10 percent.
In most of the state, predation holds prey populations at levels far below what could be supported by the habitat in the area. Predation is an important part of the ecosystem, and all ADF&G wolf management programs, including control programs, are designed to sustain wolf populations in the future.

The Alaska Board of Game approves wildlife regulations through a public participation process. When the Board determines that people need more moose and/or caribou in a particular area, and restrictions on hunting aren’t enough to allow prey populations to increase, predator control programs may be needed. Wolf hunting and trapping rarely reduces wolf numbers enough to increase prey numbers or harvests.”

Feinstein, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and Defenders of Wildlife counter this way: “Shooting wildlife from airplanes is not sport…It undermines the hunting principle of a fair chase…”

Fair chase can be defined as a snarling pack of wolves running down a defenseless infant moose. That’s about as fair as it gets in the wild and apparently, as long as a wolf does the killing, it doesn’t matter how gruesome the kill is. For lunatics on the left, being eaten alive is a better way to go than being shot from an airplane. It just doesn’t seem to make sense to me, however, – even given the likelihood that not all aerial attempts will make for instant kills.

Employing bow and arrow would seem to fit Feinstein’s definition of a fair-chase type of hunt, but how many people are signing up for wolf hunting with archery equipment? Fair chase tends to lessen the odds of a kill by a hunter. But when the issue is control – and, make no mistake, wolf control is Alaska’s issue – the most effective method must be used: aerial shooting.

But, Feinstein’s proposal provides an exception to allow airborne hunting during biological emergencies, which is defined as a case where a wildlife population’s sustainability is significantly threatened by an excess of predators.

Notice there is no mention about people, just animals. You see, the people in remote areas of Alaska aren’t able to get jobs at the mall and then parlay their pay into ground chuck at Kroger. These Americans eat from the bounty of the land to survive.

But, this isn’t about them, is it? It’s about one component of a fractional element and special interest groups being paid back for their political funding and support of cooperating candidates. In fact, this issue typifies how the Democrat party has become no more than a conglomeration of whiners asking what the government can do for them. John Kennedy, how did your party get your most famous quote so goofed up?

What makes perfect sense is that if hunting is practiced, the HSUS is against it. That’s always its common denominator. And, it doesn’t matter to them if sustenance hunters are going hungry, as long as hunters cannot hunt.

So, instead of using volunteers who pay for the privilege to participate in game management, Feinstein and her comrades will pay government employees to do the job with taxpayers’ money but only when the animals – not the Alaskans – are in peril.

I’m sure Feinstein will praise the job-making maneuver just when jobs are needed most! I wonder why the ignorant Alaskans didn’t think of this.

Las Vegas gets $60M Shooting Park

This from the National Shooting Sports Foundation…

United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator John Ensign (R-NV), Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons (R), Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid and Commissioner Tom Collins joined with senior executives from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) — the trade association for the firearms industry — in dedicating to Clark County (NV) 178 acres of the Clark Country Shooting Park (CCSP) as a public module.

Set to open later this year, the CCSP public module includes:

Shotgun Center: This feature contains 24 combination Trap and Skeet fields, a 5,443-square-foot shotgun center with a reception area, a pro shop, shotgun storage lockers and a cafeteria. It also features 80 full-service RV sites, a clay target storage building, lit ranges and shade ramadas.

Public Rifle/Pistol Center: The Public Rifle/Pistol Center offers 30 shooting points up to 50 yards; 15 shooting points up to 200 yards; 15 points up to 100 yards, night lights, shade ramadas, concrete shooting tables, covered shooting areas, a 3,000-square-foot building with a convenience store, a reception area, a 30-seat classroom, restrooms and a pro shop.

Hunter Education Center: This 4,400-square-foot building contains three 30-seat classrooms expandable up to one 90-seat classroom, two offices for Nevada Department of Wildlife use, and restrooms. It also features night lighting, a 100-meter archery range with 10 positions, a 100-yard range with 10 positions and a 50-yard range with 20 positions. It will also contain a shotgun range and two walking field courses.

Archery Center: The Archery Center houses a known-distance archery range, covered firing points, classroom area, restrooms, and shade ramadas.

“As the largest shooting park in the world, this state-of-the-art facility represents Nevada’s pride in gun ownership and shooting sports,” Senator Reid said. “In addition to providing a safe place for Nevadans to hone their shooting skills, the park will provide important firearms training and gun safety programs. I am glad to have been a part of securing land and funding for this project and I thank everyone involved with the project for making it a reality.”

The CCSP is a member of NSSF’s Association of Shooting Ranges (NASR), the National Rifle Association (club member) and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. The NASR is the leader in shooting range management and operations and has established a “five star” program, which sets standards for recreational shooting ranges. The CCSP has been designed to meet and exceed this “five star” rating.

“We congratulate the people of Nevada on establishing a premiere shooting facility where all law-abiding Nevadans, and visitors to the Silver State, will have an opportunity to engage in firearms training and the shooting sports,” said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. “We as an industry are thankful to the many legislators at the federal, state and local levels of government who have played a role in helping to develop the CCSP. In particular, we would like to thank Sen. Reid for his outstanding leadership in this regard.”

The general manager for the CCSP is Don Turner, who has been an officer of the NASR and has previously served as Chief Rangemaster for the Ben Avery Shooting Facility (Arizona) and the statewide project leader for shooting ranges in Arizona.

“In 2002, Sen. Reid and Sen. Ensign, Rep. Gibbons (now Governor), and Rep. Berkley submitted a bill to transfer 2,900 acres of land to Clark County specifically for this shooting park,” Turner said. “All of the shooters in Nevada appreciate their help, the great support from the Clark County Board of County Commissioners and our very dedicated 30-member Citizen Advisory Committee for allowing this facility to be realized. There can be no doubt that the CCSP is a community project with tremendous backing from the public.”

Hesitation Won’t Grow Seed

By Glen Wunderlich
Outdoor Columnist
Member Professional Outdoor Media Association

After careful consideration, I chose to hold off on this year’s food plot seeding and had become concerned that I had made a foolish mistake. Almost like a real farmer, I watched the weather and became fearful of the forecasted, unseasonable heat wave of early August into the 90s. I was afraid that any tender brassica seedlings, unfortunate enough to have germinated, would be baked alive. Then the rains came. Over three inches of Mother Nature’s finest elixir would have meant certain pooling with tiny turnip seeds floating and settling in gobs. I was glad, but I still wasn’t sure my delay tactics made sense.

That’s when I phoned a friend, Jack Logan, the king of corn and other food plant matters. He didn’t answer, so I left a detailed message. On Saturday morning, August 8th my friend, Joe, his dog Cocoa, and I navigated our way to Corunna Mills through the fierce deluge for some birdseed. Once inside the grain elevator’s door, I spotted owner, Dick Demerly, just waiting for someone to ask him a question.

When I mentioned my apprehension, Dick said to plant the seed as soon as possible. Jack Logan returned my call and concurred. Great! Now that I had my answer, the heavy rains were forcing me to wait. Fortunately however, the food-plot site for this year’s planting is well-drained and rather sandy. As soon as the weather broke, Joe and I surmised the situation on location and decided to spin some seed that afternoon.

I readied my 1954 Ford NAA with a chain-link and board drag attachment so that the soil could be smoothed before broadcasting the seed. The soil was understandably heavy, so when I began working the field, I moved the 3-point hitch as high as it would go to reduce drag. Joe and Cocoa marched back and forth spreading potential. As soon as they finished, I completed one more pass to cover the seed ever so slightly and began hoping for the best. Although there were some areas that were too wet to negotiate, we were able to sprinkle the seed into 90-percent of the plot.

Even though my small-scale “farming” operation pales in comparison to what farmers contend with all year, every year, it gives me a profound appreciation for what they do on a regular basis. Everyone understands the factor weather plays in good crops. However, few may realize how much expense and energy is at stake.

This year’s food plot work began last fall with a spraying of glyphosate (the active ingredient in RoundUp or generic equivalents) to kill off existing vegetation. Although the cost has come down since last year, it is still an expensive proposition to spray.

Then there’s the tilling, which was performed last fall and several times this season in order to avoid more expensive sprays. In mid-July one final spray was applied to kill recently sprouted weeds. Expensive applications of 19-19-19 fertilizer and peletized lime were completed and worked into the soil so that the brassicas would flourish. And, finally the cost of the seed is added to the fragile equation.

My little food plots are more recreational than anything else. Yet, I pause to consider how fortunate all of us are to be able to rely on farmers that gamble with the weather and other market conditions to bring us what we need to survive.

There are no shortcuts to the expense and hard work. Skimping on any one of the elements necessary to successful farming and all is wasted. And, even if all the rules are followed and all the requisite cash is spent in preparation, it matters not if Mother Nature does not cooperate. Hats off to the farmers that have the nerve.

Gun Groups Sue; Take Offensive to Feds

Glen Wunderlich: Pushing this issue now makes good sense. Another liberal Supreme Court appointee will tip the scales of justice strongly to the port side and resultant rulings will reflect a radical departure from Constitutional principles. Go get ’em boys!

BELLEVUE, WA – The Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) have formed a strategic alliance to litigate the principles of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act (MFFA), passed by the 2009 Montana Legislature and signed into law by Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.

The MFFA declares that any firearms made and retained in Montana are not subject to any federal authority, resisting Congress’s dramatically expanded use of the interstate commerce clause to justify Washington’s regulation of virtually all of the private economy. The MFFA also applies to firearm accessories and ammunition.

MSSA is most well-known for advancing pro-gun and pro-hunting bills in the Montana Legislature, and has been successful with 54 pro-gun and pro-hunting measures in the past 25 years. SAF is a pro-gun foundation in Bellevue, Washington, established to press the rights of gun owners primarily in judicial fora. SAF has been a party to numerous lawsuits to assert the rights of gun owners across the Nation.

The primary purpose of the MFFA is to set up a legal challenge to federal power under the commerce clause. MSSA and SAF expect to mount this legal challenge by filing a suit for a declaratory judgment to test the principles of the MFFA in federal court on October 1st, the day the Montana law becomes effective.

The concept of the Firearms Freedom Act has caught fire nationwide. Tennessee has passed a clone of the MFFA. Other clones have been introduced in the legislatures of Alaska, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Minnesota and Michigan. Legislators in 19 other states have indicated that they will introduce MFFA clones soon or
when their legislatures next convene. See: http://firearmsfreedomact.com

This wave of interest across the Nation is what the federal judiciary calls “emerging consensus” and will play an important role in validating the principles of the MFFA.

MSSA president Gary Marbut commented, “We’re excited to get the MFFA into court to articulate and argue the principles of freedom and states’ rights. It’s especially encouraging that people in so many other states are getting tickets to ride this particular freedom train. It will be an interesting journey, and we hope successful one.”

SAF founder Alan Gottlieb added, “This is an issue that needs public attention because it challenges federal intrusion into an area where the federal government clearly, and literally, has no business.”

The MSSA/SAF legal team is currently working up its arguments and litigation strategy. The team has identified several areas of rationale’ that have never been discussed before in cases about Congress’s commerce clause power. The general thesis is that Washington has gone way overboard in attempting to regulate the
internal affairs of states under the strained theory that states’ internal activities are related to interstate commerce.

Although the MFFA addresses firearms, ammunition and firearm accessories specifically, it is primarily about states’ rights and the commerce clause power of Congress. Firearms are the object; states’ rights and freedom are the subject.

Gun Owners Oust Seattle Mayor

Seattle gun owners can take much credit for the ouster of anti-gun Mayor Greg Nickels in this week’s primary election, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said this morning following what amounted to a concession speech at his press conference.

Nickels came in third in the city’s “Top Two” primary, signaling that voters in Seattle were fed up with his bully pulpit style, and perhaps more than anything, his arrogance, said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. No single episode has better underscored that haughtiness than the mayor’s open defiance of Washington State law that denied him the authority to set up the city’s own restrictive gun laws.

“When the mayor announced last year that he would ban legally-carried firearms from city property when he knew it would be contrary to the state’s preemption statute,” Gottlieb recalled, “it made tens of thousands of Seattle gun owners furious. Nickels insulted their intelligence by promising to ban guns by executive order, which is the height of municipal contempt for the rights of citizens under the state Constitution. He literally threw away their votes.”

CCRKBA Projects Director Thomas McKiddie, a West Seattle resident, said he and his gun-owning fellow Seattleites had simply had enough of the mayor’s condescension toward their rights to be safe on city streets, in parks and on other public property.

“I don’t know a single gun owner in Seattle who voted for Nickels,” McKiddie said. “After he threatened an executive order, he lost the nerve to actually issue one because he knew he would lose that fight in court. Instead, he included gun prohibitions in use contracts for the Seattle Center and other venues. He knew a citywide ban would be unenforceable, and his ouster demonstrates that Seattle gun owners were having none of it.”

“We hope this sends a signal to Nickels’ successor,” Gottlieb observed, “that stirring the wrath of gun owners is a mistake. This week’s primary result in Seattle should stand as a warning to other mayors who signed on with New York’s Michael Bloomberg to trample the firearms rights of their constituents.

“Mayors are not monarchs,” Gottlieb concluded. “They are not above the law. Greg Nickels is going to have a long time to think about that, as he watches this election season from the sidelines.”

With more than 650,000 members and support ers nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (www.ccrkba.org) is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.

Glen Wunderlich: “The arrogance of many of today’s politicians indicates they forget how they climbed the ladder in the first place. There are sure to be more of these paybacks for their socialist and left-leaning ways as Americans wake up and begin to stand their ground and defend core values.”

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