Busybody Democrat elected officials are always coming up with new laws, regulations and restrictions.
They hatch solutions that don’t fix problems and cause a whole new set of issues that need to be addressed instead.
And gun owners are up in arms over one gun control bill just proposed in Washington State.
Washington State is in rough shape these days.
That’s not just an opinion, but rather borne out by objective facts.
The state’s largest city just reached a milestone that is bad news for all of its inhabitants because it highlights just how unsafe it has become.
A murderous milestone made possible by far-left policy
Last year, Seattle saw a record high number of homicides at 73.
To add insult to injury, the city saw an eye-popping 1,283 fatal overdoses, largely as a result of the fentanyl epidemic, which was also a record.
That beats the previous year which itself held the previous record of 1,000 such incidents.
Though tragic, this was an entirely predictable set of circumstances, a result of activist prosecutors who fail to prosecute and radical judges keen to give criminals a slap on the wrist.
To add insult to injury, Seattle and Kings County legalized drugs at the same time they have become readily available thanks to Joe Biden’s refusal to secure the southern border.
With all of this going on, now state Democrats are finding new ways to restrict the law-abiding from defending themselves after the politicians effectively turned communities into crime-ridden slums.
Washington State Representatives My-Linh Thai (D) and Liz Berry (D) have introduced a bill that seeks to impose an 11% tax on ammunition sold in the state.
The tax would be on top of any sales and local taxes already levied on the purchase.
The right to bear arms is a…what now?
That’s bad enough, but the bill is even more insidious as it reclassifies ammunition as a “privilege” rather than a right and sets the precedent for further restrictions in the future, setting up constitutional concerns and legal challenges.
Washington Democrats are continuing their quest to ban guns in our state. Now, they're trying to reclassify ammunition as a "privilege" for consumers.
Meaning: you have no right to purchase ammunition, which renders our right to bear arms as meaningless. HB 2238 is intentional. pic.twitter.com/d7YD8vJR2e
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) January 9, 2024
State Rep. Jim Walsh (R) ripped the legislation to shreds.
Walsh said, “The arrogance and sanctimony of anti-2A (Second Amendment) extremists will be their undoing, even in ‘blue’ states. Washington HB 2238 is a poorly-conceived and sloppily-drafted piece of work. It’s also politically tone-deaf, as Washington residents from all points on the political spectrum and all corners of the state are currently rejecting state tax hikes.”
He continued, “The real kicker is the reference to the privilege of using ammunition. This amateurish rhetoric exposes any legislator who might support the bill to deserved ridicule. Under both the federal and state constitutions, owning and using firearms are rights, not privileges. Article 1, Section 24, of the Washington state constitution reads: ‘The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired….’ That language, unlike HB 2238, is clear.”
Here’s to hoping that sanity and the rule of law prevails.
When it comes to self-defense, Washington Democrats have ensured that everyday law-abiding Washingtonians certainly need access to it.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.