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October 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM
A national Second Amendment group based in Bellevue has decided to sponsor “Guns Save Lives Day” on Dec. 14 — the anniversary of last year’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
The 650,000-member Second Amendment Foundation, which announced the event Thursday with the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and DefendGunRights.com, has not yet decided what it will entail. But Alan Gottlieb, the president of the group, said the goal is to show “there’s a good side of guns.”
“People every single day use guns to save lives,” Gottlieb said. “We don’t think anybody should have been a victim at Sandy Hook, and we don’t think anybody should be a victim in the future.”
Gottlieb estimated that some 200 gun-rights groups from all 50 states would participate in the event.
“Quite frankly, we don’t want the gun prohibition lobby to own that day,” he said. “So we’re starting early.”
Critics blasted the event as disrespectful.
Cheryl Stumbo, a victim of the Seattle Jewish Federation shooting on July 28, 2006, said that if gun-rights groups tried to sponsor a similar event on July 28, it would feel like “a slap in the face.”
“It’s an attempt to blame victims, and it shouldn’t be tolerated,” said Stumbo, the sponsor of a 2014 initiative campaign to require background checks for all gun sales, not just those by licensed dealers.
Earlier this week, supporters of the initiative submitted 250,000 of the roughly 325,000 signatures required to get on the ballot.
Gottlieb is the main spokesman for a rival ballot measure, also proposed for 2014, that would prevent Washington state from adopting background-check laws that are more strict than the federal standard.
Asked about the potential for his “Guns Save Lives Day” to offend victims, he said that the groups “are not planning on doing anything that’s insensitive whatsoever.
“We know that our opponents are going to try to use that day to push their agenda,” he said. “We’re going to show the American people that there’s a good side of guns.”
October 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Supporters of universal background checks for gun sales on Wednesday submitted most of the signatures they need to qualify for a 2014 statewide initiative.
Jewish Federation shooting victim Cheryl Stumbo and other Initiative 594 backers showed up in Olympia with an estimated 250,401 signatures on more than 15,000 petitions, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
While just 246,000 valid signatures are required for an initiative, the Secretary of State recommends that campaigns submit 325,000 to assure validation.
Initiative 594 supporters said they they plan to do that by the Jan. 3 deadline.
“We’re not declaring that we’ve reached our ultimate goal,” said spokesman Christian Sinderman. “We got to the first goal faster than we thought and we wanted to get them out of our hands and get back into the field and continue.”
The campaign got to the 250,000 hurdle through a combination of paid signature gatherers and an “unprecedented grass roots petition distribution effort,” according to a news release.
If Initiative 594 qualifies, it will first go to the state Legislature in 2014. If lawmakers don’t adopt the measure, it will go on the November 2014 ballot.
Second Amendment activists are collecting signatures for a 2014 initiative of their own, which would prevent the state from adopting a stricter background-check law than the national standard.
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