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OLYMPIA — A resolution praising a school program to teach firearms safety to kids briefly ignited the gun-control debate in the state Senate this morning.
The resolution was in support of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, which is sponsored by the National Rifle Association and offered free to schools It calls for the state's schools, pre-schools, early learning centers and licensed day care facilities to promote the use of the program.
Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, objected, saying the program isn't just about gun safety, “it's about the NRA”. He said that organization has been working to block all gun-control legislation this session, including one of his proposals that allowed a person in mental distress to voluntarily turn a gun over to police for 30 days for safe-keeping. The majority coalition that runs the Senate has been “a bit too obedient” to the NRA, he contended.
Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, said she couldn't believe anyone would vote against a child safety program, regardless of its source.
“Does Ceasefire have a program to help teach children how to be safe?” Roach asked, mentioning a prominent gun-control group. “If you're not in favor of a program to help save children's lives, vote 'No.'”
Sen. Marilyn Chase, D-Shoreline, the sponsor of the resolution, agreed the issue was about gun-safety, adding none of the Eddie Eagle literature mentions the NRA. “I am not an advocate for an organization that makes excuses for assault weapons manufacturers.”
The resolution, SJM 8006, passed 40-8.
Incumbent GOP Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador have received grades of “A-plus” and “A,” respectively, from the National Rifle Association. According to the NRA’s website, an A-plus candidate is “a legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.” An A signifies a “solidly pro-gun candidate” who “has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or (is) a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues”/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Is a candidate's NRA grade important to you?
It must be a simple world that single-issue voters inhabit. No need to scrutinize candidates across a broad spectrum of topics. No need to sift priorities. No need for nuance. Just find the candidate, or ballot initiative, that’s aligned with your pet issue and fill in the bubble using a No. 2 lead pencil. It’s that easy. I was reminded of this the other day by my friends at the National Rifle Association. They sent me a big, slick, four-color postcard with the sobering words, “Your Vote Will Decide” printed across the top. It turns out the NRA flier was a remedial civics lesson. Yep, it reminded me that no one can predict when the next vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court will occur/William Brock, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.
Question: What’s the most important issue for you in the 2010 elections?