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October 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Gun rights equal to gay rights? “No on I-594” fliers try to appeal to Seattle voters

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Opponents of Initiative 594, the measure on the November ballot to expand background checks to private sales and transfers, are getting novel in their attempt to appeal to Seattle voters. Flyers posted around the city, like the one above, essentially argue that being against guns is like being against people who are gay. I found it Sunday night on Capitol Hill, as well as another one arguing a vote against I-594 is a ballot cast against the mega-wealthy.

That one was titled “Don’t Let the 1% Buy Your Votes!” and featured a revolutionary-looking guy hoisting a long gun and hurling a curse against former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg’s organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, has donated over $2 million to the I-594 campaign. Since The Seattle Times is a family publication I’m not posting a photo of that one (also because it’s blurry).

An email to Alan Gottlieb, chair of the Citizens Committee to Keep and Bear Arms and the Yes on 591 campaign, an opposing measure to block the state from enacting more stringent background checks, didn’t respond to an email asking if he was aware of them. I’ve got a call and an email out to the Public Disclosure Commission as well, and will update this if I get any responses.

 

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