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  • WA: Did Robber, Wearing gas mask, Shot at, Drop Gun?

    05/30/2015 3:51:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In this story from Vancover, Washington, a man in a gas mask attempts to rob a convenience store.  He has a gun and threatens the clerk.  He gets some money and leaves.   From katu.come: The employee's friend took out his own firearm and followed the suspect outside, police said. The suspect turned around and pointed his gun at the man, who in turn fired several shots at the suspect. Officials aren't sure if the suspect was hit. What is not said in any story that I have read about the incident, is if the gas-masked suspect dropped the...
  • Tea party favorite Elizabeth Scott first in line to challenge DelBene

    05/28/2015 3:43:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    The Everett Herald ^ | , May 28, 2015 | Jerry Cornfield
    One of Snohomish County’s most conservative Republican lawmakers has quietly begun a campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene. State Rep. Elizabeth Scott of Monroe filed paperwork May 21 with the Federal Election Commission to become a candidate and start collecting contributions. Scott is in her second term in the Legislature and seemed assured of re-election next year if she chose to stay in Olympia. Now it appears she wants to serve in Congress, though she had made no formal campaign announcement as of Wednesday. Scott did not return phone calls.
  • Judge tosses challenge to expanded gun-background checks

    05/08/2015 9:46:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    seattle-news ^ | 5/7/2015 | GENE JOHNSON
    A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit challenging parts of Washington state’s new law expanding background checks on gun transfers, saying gun-rights activists couldn’t challenge it because they aren’t being prosecuted for violating it. U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle in Tacoma ruled that opponents of the law didn’t have standing to challenge the parts of Initiative 594 that required background checks for noncommercial gun transfers. To challenge the law, the plaintiffs must show they’ve been actually prosecuted or at immediate risk of being prosecuted, he said.
  • WA: Man who used .357 Sig to stop attacker was Open Carrying

    04/21/2015 4:17:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    <p>Not certain if the above is the same Brandon Walker from Yakima, but it seems likely.</p> <p>The gun was carried "open Carry"</p> <p>It was a 357 sig We think this person was trying to get the handgun by knockout hitting him in the head with a aluminum bat.</p>
  • Gun control: Guns, kids don’t mix

    04/06/2015 8:54:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    seattletimes.com ^ | 4/5/2015 | unknown
    So does having a gun make you safe? No. In fact, it makes you, your family and your community far less safe. A recently published study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that a gun in your home makes you more likely to be a victim of suicide, accidental shooting or homicide.
  • Secret Olympia Budget Proposal To Register Your Guns With DOL – I-594

    03/29/2015 8:53:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    30calgal.com ^ | 3/27/2015 | 30calgal
    Our Anti-gun foes are sneaky. From enough public outcry Olympia has had to delay their budget proposals until Monday. The Democratic Legislature was only going to allow the public a total of 90 minutes to read through hundreds of pages of the budget document. Enough people complained and they had to delay the hearings until Monday. There happens to be a secret budget proposal that corresponds with the passing of I-594 and the Dept of Licensing. Here is the letter written to us by our local Protect Our Gun Rights group.
  • Meet Bloomberg’s Out-Of-State Operatives In Washington

    03/03/2015 9:25:03 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies
    progressivestoday.com ^ | 3/1/2015 | Michael Strickland
    Washington has been one of the target states for Bloomberg and his gun control efforts. Using strategies similar to Obama’s Organizing For America, combined with a multi million dollar public relations push, they were able to successfully pass a ballot initiative that would mandate background checks for private firearm transactions (though, by a considerably smaller margin than their initial polling). So who are the folks working behind the scenes to make this happen? You probably won’t be surprised that many of them are from out of state, shipped in to “organize”.
  • Another reason to Home Carry - or Carry Home

    02/19/2015 5:18:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Matthew Haight survived an encounter with a burglar, but not by much.  He acknowledges that he made mistakes, and they cost him a great deal. Link to video at kirotv.com: Haight come home from watching the Superbowl on Sunday night, the 1st of February, 2015 in Snohomish County, Washington State.   When he walked up the stairs to his apartment, he discovered that something was not right.  The door was unlocked.  That is when he made a mistake.  He went inside to investigate.  This is an easy mistake to make.  Sometimes people forget to lock doors.  Sometimes they give keys...
  • Measles outbreak with Disney park origins grows to 95 cases ( Criminal invaders & Amnesty )

    01/29/2015 8:27:37 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    kcrs tv ^ | Jan 29, 2015
    U.S. experienced record number of cases last year. A measles outbreak whose spread originated at Disneyland has grown to 95 cases. ... 79 of those in infections are in California and 52 of them can be linked directly to Disney Parks. The rest are in Michigan, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska and Mexico. ... The U.S. experienced a record number of measles cases last year, with 644 infections from 27 states despite being largely eliminated in 2000.
  • WA: Lt. Gov. Brad Owen notices that Open Carry is Protected Free Speech

    01/21/2015 8:04:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from spokesman.com A couple of days ago, on the 16th of January, 2015, Washington State Lt. Governor Brad Owen (D) publicly announced that the open carry of firearms is a form of free speech, protected by the first amendment of the Constitution.  He did it as a way to crack down on and destroy that speech, but he did it none the less, and what he said is true.  The Democrats objected to the open carry of firearms in the Senate chamber's gallery.   From seattletimes.com:  "We're just noting that open carry is a form of demonstration and it's...
  • Gun rights rally at Washington Senate gallery results in ban on firearms

    01/19/2015 8:49:55 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    guns.com ^ | 1/19/2015 | Chris Eger
    Blaming a rally by a group of legally armed Second Amendment advocates at the state Capitol in Olympia Thursday, Washington’s Lt. Governor ruled Friday that guns are now banned from the chamber. The rally of some 200 gun rights activists on the steps of the Capitol building Jan. 15, was a continuation of the vocal opposition to the state’s background check ballot referendum, I-594, passed by voters last November. However, when the protest spilled over into the public gallery, there was an altercation between an open carrier and a state police lieutenant that ended with threats of removal and arrest....
  • Undo Damage of I-594 Rally – Protect Our Gun Rights

    01/08/2015 9:22:56 AM PST · by rktman
    30calgal.com ^ | 1/7/2015 | 30calgal
    On January 15, 2015 starting at 9 a.m. a coalition of local and national gun rights groups will host the first 2015 Legislative Rally against I-594 on the front steps at the Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. The grassroots event will include hundreds of supporters of the Second Amendment rights with speakers Adina Hicks (Executive Director, Protect Our Gun Rights), Rick Halle (National Coordinator, Gun Rights Coalition), Paige Biron (President, Pink Pistols of Seattle), Alan Gottlieb (Founder, Second Amendment Foundation), Joe Huffman (Boomershoot), Bill Burris (WAC Board member, WSLEFIA Spokesperson), Rep. Brian Blake, and others that will kick off...
  • WA: Two Dead: Party Crashers or Home Invaders?

    01/05/2015 3:25:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     After the gunfight on New Year's Eve A saying that has become  common on the Internets is "When seconds count, police are only minutes away".   I wonder what the response time would be on New Year's Eve, when police resources are stretched especially thin.  Could you expect it to be longer for an unincorporated part of King County, Washington state, served by the Sheriff's department?  How long would it take for police to respond to a trespassing violation? In this tragic story out of Renton, Washington, it does not appear that the homeowner had much choice.   He was 50...
  • SAF Lawsuit Challenges Parts of I-594 in WA State

    01/03/2015 1:56:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    After the sweeping gun control, labeled as "gun safety" and a "background check" initiative passed in Washington state, many speculated that it would quickly be challenged in the courts.  They were right.  The Second Amendment Foundation has picked up the ball and is running with it.  Lawsuits against infringements of the second amendment have become something of a specialty of theirs, and they have had many notable successes.  They supported the Heller case, and were instrumental in McDonald, and Palmer, among others.  Here the SAF press release:  BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit in...
  • WA: Example of One Punch Homicide

    12/27/2014 5:32:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Thomas, above, died after being struck with one punch. On December 21st, just before Christmas, there occurred a tragic example of a one punch homicide.  It seems clear that the homicide was unintentional, as the victim agreed to be hit.   Both young men were at a party and appear to have been drinking.  From khou.com: Before the fight, the two shook hands and smoked a cigarette together, witnesses told sheriff's deputies. Thomas, who apparently hit a car that the suspect was sitting in, agreed to let Galen hit him. But Galen hit Thomas so hard that he fell backward...
  • Spokane Deputy Promotes MRAP For Constitutionalists, Gun Owners: Full Clip

    12/20/2014 6:14:55 AM PST · by Altariel · 26 replies
    "So I'm thinking that is totally appropriate in Iraq, but where-what kind of situation in the U.S. would you see that happening?" "I mean, we've got a lot of constitutionalists, a lot of people that stockpile weapons, a lot of ammunition. You know, they have weapons here locally." (2:50-3:10)
  • Elliot Fineman: America’s Most Dangerous Gun Control Zealot?

    12/19/2014 10:34:58 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 12/18/2014 | Robert Farago
    No doubt Elliot Fineman will consider this post an honor. The founder and head of the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has positioned himself as the de facto champion of anti-gun extremists. This he’s done through the CSGV Facebook page, where Fineman’s endless stream of incendiary posts unleash a flood of anti-ballistic bile; comments so full of hatred they remind of nothing so much as the rabid racism that poisoned this country for generations. Which make the example above all the more ironic . . . Clearly, Fineman is inviting his 100k+ followers to regard participants at a Washington...
  • Dave Workman: Second Amendment Supporters Crowd Olympia, Puyallup

    12/15/2014 9:39:14 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 12/15/2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Depending upon whose estimate one accepts, anywhere from 1,000 to perhaps 1,800 Second Amendment activists turned out for a midday rally opposing Initiative 594 in Olympia Saturday, while the Washington Arms Collectors’ monthly gun show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds drew a couple of thousand more looking for pre-Christmas deals, and answers to questions about the state's new, and confusing, gun law.
  • Washington State Gun Control Activists Vow More Legislation

    12/15/2014 9:09:32 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies
    nraila.org ^ | 12/12/2014 | unknown
    In Washington State, gun control activists are already vowing that the recently-passed anti-gun Initiative 594 is just their first step toward dismantling gun rights. In fact, they are promising to dump more anti-gun bills at the legislative session next month.
  • Gun control group’s work only just beginning in Washington state

    12/06/2014 8:28:58 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    guns.com ^ | 12/5/2014 | chris eger
    With that law now in effect, organizers are focusing their attention on other measures to limit access to firearms in hopes of combating gun violence. They include increasing the list of misdemeanors — such as for domestic violence — that result in barring gun rights, establishing criminal penalties for those who have their unsecured guns fall into the hands of children who use them and challenging perceived public health risks from lead at shooting ranges. On top of these, the group also wants to move on the new tactic of gun violence protection orders.
  • The NRA hints at ‘legislative remedies’ to weaken Initiative 594

    11/28/2014 9:29:44 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    blog.seattlepi.com ^ | 11/25/2014 | Joel Connelly
    The National Rifle Association is promising supporters it will carry on the fight against Initiative 594, using its “philosophically supportive majority” in the Washington Legislature when it convenes in January. “We are already discussing legislative remedies to the most onerous provisions,” the NRA said in a letter to supporters. The Gun Lobby’s big gun defends the effort it made in opposing I-594, which requires criminal background checks for those purchasing firearms at gun shows and over the Internet. It blames billionaires the measure’s landslide passage. “Please bear in mind that, in our fight to defeat I-594, NRA faced unprecedented spending...
  • WA: Pistol Whipped, Tied, Husband Escapes, Gets Gun, Fights Back

    11/22/2014 1:59:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    If you cannot effectively fight back immediately, escaping and fighting back may be the next best thing.  The best chance to fight back and prevail is usually before you are put under restraint.   That does not mean that you have no chance after that point.   Your assailants may be sloppy or overconfident.  You many be able to seize an opportunity.  Getting away should be more important than revenge.   If you manage to escape, try not to give yourself up to allies of your assailants, as happened recently in Syria. Washington State had two home invasions recently.  The first,...
  • Gun rights rally in Olympia will ‘violate I-594 in every way possible’

    11/13/2014 9:26:23 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies
    blog.seattlepi.com ^ | 11/12/2014 | Joel Connelly
    A gun rights group called “Resolute for Arms and Liberty,” organized by two Central Washington men, plans to openly violate “in every way possible” the state’s newly enacted Initiative 594 at a Dec. 13 demonstration on the State Capitol steps. The group’s Facebook page, decorated with a drawing of two crossed assault rifles, voices its opposition in “early Armageddon” prose. I-594 requires criminal background checks for those purchasing firearms at gun shows and on lines, as is now the case with guns bought from federally licensed firearms dealers. “Will you bow down and lick the boots of tyranny or will...
  • Leftovers: A roundup of uncalled races

    11/06/2014 1:09:52 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 11-6-2014 | Kevin Robillard
    Leftovers: A roundup of uncalled races By: Kevin Robillard November 6, 2014 02:28 PM EST More than 36 hours after the last polls closed, two statewide races in Alaska, the Virginia Senate race and a slew of West Coast House races have yet to be called.Here’s how things stand:THE HOUSEAZ-2: Highly touted Republican recruit Martha McSally leads Democratic Rep. Ron Barber by just under 1,300 votes. The Arizona Republic reports that only a few thousand votes remain uncounted in Cochise County, while 47,000 votes still need to be counted in Democrat-friendly Pima County.CA-7: Former GOP Rep. Doug Ose has...
  • Breaking The Law Under WA-I594

    11/06/2014 11:43:32 AM PST · by rktman · 7 replies
    www.weapon-blog.com ^ | 11/6/2014 | Aaron Spuler
    Breaking The Law Under WA-I594
  • Loopholes in I-594

    11/06/2014 9:23:13 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    blog.joehuffman.org ^ | 11/5/2014 | Joe
    I-594 makes it a crime to transfer a gun to another person without doing a background check except for some particular exceptions. Using just one example will demonstrate a particular egregious chilling effect upon our right to keep and bear arms. Suppose your spouse wishes to use your gun for a week or two while their gun is being repaired. You would think there shouldn’t be a problem with an innocent act like this. You would expect there would be an exception in the law for this. The closest thing to an exception for this case is: This section does...
  • I-594 similar to start of UK Firearms Control

    11/02/2014 8:52:51 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies
    gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 11/2/2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An important part of British gun control is to make it illegal for anyone to obtain a gun without government permission. This did not happen all at once. Airguns and shotguns were exempt under the system for almost 50 years. The requirement in I-594 for government permission before a firearm may be acquired, is similar to the start of the British system. The British system was made incrementally more and more restrictive over the years. It has never been shown to be effective in reducing crime. This summation of the UK gun control system was researched and written for the...
  • Candidate in Washington state lampooned for his Catholic faith

    10/31/2014 3:54:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | October 31, 2014 | Adelaide Mena
    This image on an anti-Mark Miloscia website has since been taken down. Seattle, Wash., Oct 31, 2014 / 01:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mark Miloscia, a candidate for Washington's state senate, has been attacked for his Catholic faith and adherence to Church teaching on a website belittling his faith as incompatible with representing his district. “'Mississippi Mark' has always worn his church on his sleeve. Rather than represent the people of Federal Way, he has best represented the people of The Vatican,” read an image which was posted on markmiloscia.info, a website erected by critics of Miloscia, the Republican senate candidate...
  • More I-594 lies

    10/31/2014 10:10:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    thecluemeter.blogspot.com ^ | 10/30/2014 | unknown
    So, the entire "Yes on I-594" crowd's collective pants spontaneously combusted. Let's take these latest flat-out lies in order, shall we? 1. "No mandatory waiting periods" WHAT I-594 SAYS: NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. A new section is added to chapter 9.41 RCW to read as follows: Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a licensed dealer may not deliver any firearm to a purchaser or transferee until the earlier of: (1) The results of all required background checks are known and the purchaser or transferee is not prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under federal or state law; or...
  • Citizens, Sheriffs Up Against Billionaires in Fight for Gun Rights in Washington State

    10/31/2014 7:43:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 10/30/2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    In less than one week, voters in Washington state will decide on two competing gun measures: I-594, the Washington Universal Background Checks for Gun Purchases Initiative, and I-591, the Washington Gun Rights Measure. Via National Journal: [I-594] would mandate background checks as a condition of most gun purchases and transfers in the state (with exceptions for weapon transfers within families and purchases involving antique guns). Its main goal is "closing the gun-show loophole," says Geoff Potter, communications director for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the group spearheading the effort. Via Townhall columnist Rachel Alexander: Washington’s Second Amendment Foundation came...
  • F1 tornado causes damage in Kelso/Longview area

    10/23/2014 6:55:16 PM PDT · by Lexinom · 7 replies
    KGW Portland ^ | 23 October 2014 | Teresa Blackman
    Story at link
  • Police: Postal worker 'laughs hysterically' trying to run over person

    10/03/2014 7:40:45 PM PDT · by Stoat · 37 replies
    KOMO News (Seattle) ^ | October 3, 2014 | KOMO News Staff
    BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A postal service worker has been arrested for trying to run over someone who was documenting the worker's offensive behavior toward another person, Bellevue police said. It all began just after 11 a.m. out front of Phantom Lake Elementary School. The victim was waiting in his car to pick up his child when he overheard a loud argument on the street between a postal worker and another driver over a parking issue, said Seth Tyler with Bellevue Police. "The victim overheard the postal worker allegedly yelling obscenities very loudly at the citizen and thought that was...
  • Would you sell a car to someone you do not know?

    09/30/2014 6:19:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Alan Gottlieb, at the Gun Rights Policy Conference, asked a very scary question.  It is a question loaded with bad premises, freighted with unintended consequences.   It was terrifying when you consider where it leads us, as a society. It was: Would you sell a gun to someone you do not know? The premise that underlies the question is that selling a gun to someone that you do not know is irresponsible, and that it should be regulated by the government.  Alan followed up his question with another terrifying premise: If you sell your gun to someone who later uses...
  • A timely warning to WA state Freepers

    09/28/2014 9:11:52 PM PDT · by Robwin · 5 replies
    Facebook ^ | 09/28/2014 | Anonymous
    There is SO much emphasis on I-594, but there is NO discussion on I-591. WHY? 594 is an obvious attempt to violate the 2nd amendment by infringing on our rights to obtain or even transfer firearms. The bill is totally ludicrous. But I-591 is a Trojan horse. IT does prevent the confiscation of guns without due process, but the second part opens us to onslaught by Mike Bloomberg & Co. The second part of 591 no background checks can be required of recipients “UNLESS A UNIFORM NATIONAL STANDARD IS REQUIRED.” It does not specify which entity would be the responsible...
  • Sarah Palin Announces Endorsement of Former Washington Redskin Clint Didier for U.S. Congress

    09/14/2014 9:16:13 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies
    http://www.tpnn.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | Matthew Burke
    Former Washington Redskins tight end Clint Didier, who is seeking to replace the retiring Congressman Doc Hastings in Washington State’s 4th congressional district, received a powerful endorsement on Thursday. Didier, a principled constitutional conservative with enthusiastic support from the pro-freedom Tea Party movement, was endorsed by Sarah Palin, who said “Clint sees the dangers facing our next generation,” and will “fight for farmers, for lower taxes, and less government.” Didier, who won two Super Bowl rings playing for the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl’s XVII and XXII under coach Joe Gibbs, became a farmer after retiring from his NFL career...
  • Wash. hunter chased up tree, bitten by black bear

    09/06/2014 9:00:32 PM PDT · by cutty · 77 replies
    Fox ^ | September 06, 2014
    A Washington state hunter is recovering after surviving an attack by an angry black bear that chased him up a tree, chomped down on his leg and clawed him with one of its big paws. Retiree Jerry House knows how lucky he is to have fended off the bear. He said he got the bear off him only after he kicked the animal in the nose as he hung onto a tree branch.
  • WA: One Charge Dropped in "Joe Biden Defense" case, another Threatened

    08/23/2014 4:22:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jeffrey C. Barton The man who fired a shotgun in the air to scare off car burglars, following Vice President Joe Biden's advice, has had the charge involved with the shooting dropped, according to the Columbian: A person, even in a no-shooting zone, still has the right to defend their person or their property,” Golik said. “In this case, based on the facts, there is a reasonable argument that Mr. Barton may have been defending his person and property when he fired in the air. Jeffrey C. Barton has an NRA supplied attorney, and says that a threat of...
  • A FOURTH student comes forward with allegations Math teacher, 24, had sex with him [Short title]

    04/08/2014 9:43:18 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 51 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | April 4, 2014 | Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter
    A fourth high school student has come forward claiming 24-year-old former math teacher Meredith Powell sexually abused him during her time at Washington's Lincoln High School. Powell was arrested in February and then confessed to performing sex acts with multiple students, one as young as 15 years old, inside her locked classroom, as well as sending them sexualized pictures of herself. She previously faced two counts of child rape and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
  • Boy Scouts of America ban troop leader who came out as homosexual on NBC News

    04/02/2014 4:04:25 PM PDT · by topher · 39 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Apr 02, 2014 17:23 EST | by Kirsten Andersen
    SEATTLE, WA, April 2, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have removed a Seattle-area troop leader and banned him from the organization for going public with his homosexuality, in what is thought to be the first such case since the BSA voted to allow openly homosexual youth, but not adults, to join. Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath, 49, a former Eagle Scout and leader of Troop 98 in Rainier Beach, had his BSA membership revoked Monday after an NBC News reporter contacted the organization seeking comment for a profile the network was doing on “the first openly gay Scoutmaster...
  • WA:Investigation continues into Pasco homicide

    03/24/2014 1:20:55 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    keprtv.com ^ | 19 March, 2014 | Frances Watson
    PASCO, Wash. -- We don't yet know if a Pasco homeowner will face criminal charges for killing a man last week. Stephan Aceves was shot multiple times while trying to get into a home on Savary Drive. Now prosecutors say they have not decided whether this is considered justified. The prosecutor and a representative from Pasco PD held a news conference Tuesday but made no announcement on whether there would be charges. The shooting on Savary Drive appears to be a case of mistaken identity. In this case, it was the house that led to confusion. The family of Stephan...
  • WA: Coffee Stand Encourages Armed Employees

    03/20/2014 3:37:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A small sign of renewed American freedom has been noticed in Spokane, Washington.    Jitterz Java was robbed twice in February of this year.   On March 16th, an armed robber was run off by an armed employee.  As noted in the above image, at least one barista believes in the deterrent effect of open carry. The owner, Sara Chapel has taken steps to reduce her losses.  From spokesman.com: The recent string of violence has owner Sara Chapel fed up. “The way I’ve been scheduling the girls is that at least one girl who carries a gun is always on shift,”...
  • WA:Charges dropped against homeowner who killed teen

    03/13/2014 11:23:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    columbian.com ^ | 12 March, 2014 | Paris Achen
    A Clark County judge today dismissed all charges against a Vancouver homeowner who shot and killed an alleged car prowler in January 2013. Superior Court Judge Dan Stahnke dismissed a second-degree murder charge against Sean H. Doucette at the request of prosecutors. “This has had a very damaging impact on his life,” Doucette’s attorney, Steven Thayer, said Wednesday. “He had to go to considerable expense to defend himself and to redeem himself, and essentially, he had to prove his innocence, which he has done.” Doucette shot and killed Iosif Dumitrash, 19, of Portland just before 4 a.m. Jan. 29, 2013,...
  • Homeowner’s friend shoots alleged intruder/robber, sends another fleeing

    03/04/2014 3:39:28 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    q13fox.com ^ | 25 February, 2014 | Hana Kim
    LAKE STEVENS — Police said two masked, armed men allegedly entered a garage of a home in the Lake Stevens area, confronted the homeowner and his friend there and allegedly attempted to rob them. But the friend was able to pull a gun out of his car and opened fire, hitting one of the suspects and prompting the other one to flee, police said. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting took place at a home in the 7000 block of 126th Drive NE. “It is believed that two men, the homeowner and a male acquaintance, were in the...
  • WA:Clark County May Allow Second Amendment Rights for Employees

    02/25/2014 6:02:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Clark County, Washington, is strongly considering joining the group of local governments that have reformed their work rules to allow employees to exercise their second amendment rights.  Many states do not restrict citizens from exercising their rights to bear arms in public buildings, so it makes little sense to restrict employees from being able to carry as well.  From the Columbian: Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore on Wednesday requested that Chris Horne, the county's chief civil deputy prosecutor, investigate what revisions could be made to the county's workplace violence policy to allow employees to carry concealed firearms. Commissioner...
  • New playbook, same goal: Masking gun control

    02/16/2014 11:15:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 February, 2014 | Dave Workman
    While maybe a half-million people will line Seattle’s streets today celebrating the Seahawks Super Bowl win, a “webinar” offered by the Progressive Majority Action Fund will provide tips to gun control proponents, including those in the Pacific Northwest, on how to push their anti-gun agenda. The 90-minute webinar – an online seminar – begins at noon Pacific/3 p.m. Eastern. It is being described as “a lively and interactive discussion about how to argue for gun legislation” led by Bernie Horn, “one of the lead lobbyists for the passage of the Brady Law and the federal ban on assault weapons.”The Progressive...
  • Lincoln High teacher charged with rape of students

    02/07/2014 6:34:27 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 194 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) ^ | February 7, 2014 | Stacia Glenn
    There were naked photographs in the bathtub, sexual text messages and furtive kisses exchanged during a Lincoln High School assembly. Those are among the accusations leveled against Meredith Powell, a 24-year-old math teacher who pleaded not guilty Friday to two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes for alleged inappropriate conduct with three students.
  • WA:The only question that matters may not be asked in Olympia

    02/02/2014 5:33:10 PM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 January, 2014 | Dave Workman
    When former Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords appears today in Olympia to testify in favor of Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure being sold as a “universal background check” requirement, only one question should be respectfully asked: How would adoption of this measure have prevented the kind of thing that happened in Tucson in January 2011? That's the incident in which Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman who killed six people and wounded 12 others, including the former congresswoman. She will be accompanied today by her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly.The question is a fair one. There...
  • Burglary suspect shot in the leg by homeowner

    01/27/2014 2:43:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    q13fox.com ^ | 22 January, 2014 | Carolyn Kresser
    It happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night at a home in the 6900 block of Puget Beach Rd. NE, near Olympia. Thurston County sheriff’s deputies say a couple arrived home to find a male burglar in their house. A confrontation ensued and the homeowner shot the suspect in the leg.
  • Undocumented students work to pass financial aid act

    01/10/2014 7:56:57 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    he Spokesman-Review ^ | January 10, 2014 | Jody Lawrence-Turner
    Tears stained Elena Calderon’s cheeks Thursday as she stepped up to speak at Eastern Washington University during a student-organized rally in support of immigrants’ right to compete for state financial aid. “I’m an undocumented student,” the emotional 23-year-old said. “It’s hard to come out and say that. I’m always afraid I’m putting myself and my family at risk.” The graduate student, grateful for the opportunity to pursue the American dream, spoke to nearly 100 Eastern Washington University students, faculty and community leaders to encourage state lawmakers to pass the DREAM Act, which despite sharing a name with federal legislation only...
  • WA: Poll on Gun Control at Seattle Times

    01/04/2014 2:22:48 PM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Seattle Times is running a poll about two initiatives that will be on the ballot in the next Washington State election.  Instead of two questions that the voters will face, the poll asks three, summed up thus: Do you think background checks should apply to: All gun sales, as proposed in I-594Only for sales by licensed dealers, as proposed in I-591No one. Americans have a right to bear arms. Period.  It is very interesting that it is the third option that is  currently getting more than half the votes: 610 votes, 50.88 percent. The first option, essentially for ending...