Last week brought news of yet another school shooting, this time from Marysville, Washington. This latest tragic event resulted in five victims, with two killed and three seriously wounded. Because the shooter took his own life, it may appear that there can be little in the way of an immediate and direct response to the shooting. Ironically, however, there is an opportunity next week to take one small step toward gun safety in Washington and, at least symbolically, in the nation.
The ballot in Washington will allow a vote on a referendum, I-594, requiring a background check for all gun sales in the state. It is a modest measure, and there is no claim here that had the law been in effect it would have prevented the Marysville shooting. (It has not been reported where and how the gun used by the Marysville shooter was obtained.) Nevertheless, it would demonstrate the ability of a public, weary of gun violence, to take action to rein it in. For that reason, the referendum is being strongly supported by the gun-control organization founded by Mayor Bloomberg, Everytown For Gun Safety. Inevitably, it is vigorously opposed by the NRA.
An email message from Everytown seeking financial support asserts that passage of the referendum would “send shockwaves through the leadership ranks of the NRA. They know that if they lose in Washington, the national tide will turn against them.” That may be a touch hyperbolic, but the essential message is accurate: that passage of the referendum will have positive ramifications far beyond the borders of Washington State. Everytown explained that funds raised would be expended to support the following activities:
$15 will provide walk lists and clipboards for organizers to knock on more than a hundred doors tomorrow
$35 will cover the cost of 50 pieces of mail about I-594
$50 will help volunteers make more than 500 phone calls to voters
$100 will help keep ads on TV and online in critical markets in Washington State
RINOcracy.com has made it a practice not to support solicitations of funds for particular candidates or causes. This cause, however, we believe merits an exception. If you agree, please consider contributing to Everytown and their referendum campaign here.