Both have a negative impact on the intelligent
After reading the article outlining the efforts of Alan Gottlieb and his Second Amendment Foundation, I was struck by similarities to another publicity seeking activist in our state: professional initiative promoter Tim Eyman [“Gun-rights sharpshooter,” page one, Nov. 18].
Both could be labeled mercenaries in their zeal to cash in on their skills at manipulating both the legal system and the slow or uneducated members of our society. Both have an outsized negative impact on intelligent and informed discourse on the subjects with which their organizations concern themselves.
With regards to Eyman, I have often thought that it would be in the state citizens’ best long-term interests to discover what it would cost to induce him to move to another state. Given that his motivations seem primarily financial, I am sure there is a magical number out there that would turn the trick. We couldn’t use state funds, as that would just bring another lawsuit. It would have to be privately funded. If only we could find a local huckster that could spearhead the fundraising.
The Gottlieb issue is a little more problematic, insofar as his funding and actions are national, not local. It will be necessary to move Gottlieb to another country. This will likely cost a good deal more, as it will be necessary to set him up in the new country in the style to which he has become accustomed and to pay off the host country enough that his modus operandi will be tolerable or, better, embraced.
— Bruce Northey, Bellevue