Seattle Times Pushing Semi-Auto Rifle and Magazine Ban

Seattle Times Pushing Semi-Auto Rifle and Magazine Ban

Article first appeared on Ammoland.com U.S.A. – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Seattle Times, a newspaper that has hardly been friendly to the Second Amendment or Evergreen State gun owners, has once again ignited outrage among readers—and maybe soon-to-be-former readers—by insisting in an editorial the Legislature pass what it calls “common-sense bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.” Critics of the Times, and other big city newspapers that reflexively support all manner of gun restrictions, accuse the press of using the First Amendment to attack the Second. The majority of more than 430 responses coming within 24 hours of publication blistered the newspaper, while some support the notion of banning an entire class of firearms. Reading closely shows the editorial is loaded with catch-phrases from the gun control lexicon: “common-sense” laws, “gun reform” (instead of “gun control”), “gun violence killed,” and referring to modern semi-auto rifles as “assault weapons.” The editorial declares, “Nine states and the District of Columbia already ban high-capacity magazines, and seven federal courts of appeal have upheld the laws. There is no reason for Washington not to follow.” That doesn’t square with many responding readers, including one person using the nickname “elbeone” (a reference to the small community of Elbe, about 60 miles southeast of Seattle near Mount Rainier) who stated, “The banning of semi-autos from 1994 to 2004 had zero effect on the overall violent crime rate. That rate dropped by over half and continued downward after the ban was over. The right of individual self-defense predates […]

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