How sad. It turns out people get upset about warrantless searches being part of a bill totalitarian nuts are trying to get passed. Weird.
Seattle Times columnist, Danny Westneat is whining because some lying gungrabbers tried to sneak warrantless searches into a bill trying to grab guns in Washington state.
Yes…… misstep. The first paragraph is this……
One of the major gun-control efforts in Olympia this session calls for the sheriff to inspect the homes of assault-weapon owners. The bill’s backers say that was a mistake.
Forget police drones flying over your house. How about police coming inside, once a year, to have a look around?
As Orwellian as that sounds, it isn’t hypothetical. The notion of police home inspections was introduced in a bill last week in Olympia.
Okay, cool start. Finally, someone is taking notice, right? Not really, Westneat is just sad because it means the bill probably won’t pass.
That it’s part of one of the major gun-control efforts pains me. It seemed in recent weeks lawmakers might be headed toward some common-sense regulation of gun sales. But then last week they went too far. By mistake, they claim. But still too far.
Now, here’s the nice part….. sort of.
“They always say, we’ll never go house to house to take your guns away. But then you see this, and you have to wonder.”
That’s no gun-rights absolutist talking, but Lance Palmer, a Seattle trial lawyer and self-described liberal who brought the troubling Senate Bill 5737 to my attention. It’s the long-awaited assault-weapons ban, introduced last week by three Seattle Democrats.
You mean we have leftists who aren’t totalitarians? I thought they all died out with disco! (After the seventies, it all just faded away.)
What the bill aim was, allegedly, was to ban the sale of assault weapons. (Semi-auto rifles with scary hand grips or something.) But, they’d allow people who already owned one to keep their evil guns that need banned. Provided…….
“In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall … safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.”
It’s weird. Tweedle dumb and dumber (Westneat and Palmer) now seem to have an epiphany of sorts.
“I’m a liberal Democrat — I’ve voted for only one Republican in my life,” Palmer told me. “But now I understand why my right-wing opponents worry about having to fight a government takeover.”
He added: “It’s exactly this sort of thing that drives people into the arms of the NRA.”
I have been blasting the NRA for its paranoia in the gun-control debate. But Palmer is right — you can’t fully blame them, when cops going door-to-door shows up in legislation.
What? You mean the founding fathers might have known what they were talking about when they insisted the second amendment be part of our Bill of Rights? No way!!! The thing is, I know this won’t change either Westneat or Palmer. Sure, they may be shocked this crap is in the bill, but, this won’t change the way they think. Both are in very good positions to be informed about the over-reaching of governments world wide and the decline of individual rights and liberties in deference to government. It’s been happening for decades. Now their eyes are opened? Nope. They’ve willfully remained ignorant for decades and they’ll go right on being exactly that way for the rest of their lives. They’ll only speak up when something like this is laid at their doorsteps or slapped in the face with such. It’s engrained in them. Look at how Westneat regards this. He recognizes the overreach, understands the concern of fellows citizens, but still supports a ban on assault weapons. Clearly, he’s a leftist and incapable of coming to logical conclusions.
And now, the fun part. Turns out, all of this was purely innocent! The legislation was accidental!
I spoke to two of the sponsors. One, Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, a lawyer who typically is hyper-attuned to civil-liberties issues, said he did not know the bill authorized police searches because he had not read it closely before signing on.
“I made a mistake,” Kline said. “I frankly should have vetted this more closely.”
That lawmakers sponsor bills they haven’t read is common. Still, it’s disappointing on one of this political magnitude. Not counting a long table, it’s only an eight-page bill.
The prime sponsor, Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, also condemned the search provision in his own bill, after I asked him about it. He said Palmer is right that it’s probably unconstitutional.
“I have to admit that shouldn’t be in there,” Murray said.
He said he came to realize that an assault-weapons ban has little chance of passing this year anyway. So he put in this bill more as “a general statement, as a guiding light of where we need to go.” Without sweating all the details.
Later, a Senate Democratic spokesman blamed unnamed staff and said a new bill will be introduced.
See? This was all just an innocent misunderstanding. Yeh, we know incompetent and irresponsible scumbags don’t read the damned bills they sign onto and sponsor. Still, what they are saying here is simply incredulous. It is a lie. No staff member or page simply wrote in warrantless searches by county sheriffs without input and approval of their boss. What? These imbeciles let some early 20 something just write crap and they introduce it as legislation? BS. Certainly not with something as contentious as gun control. It’s a lie.
Westneat won’t ever see it. He perpetuates it. One never knows, are people like Westneat vile creatures or simply too stupid to be emancipated? Naivety is easily feigned, but with a moments reflection, an intelligent person should be able to come to the proper conclusions if they were truly naïve.