1 email led Seattle library to drop its gun ban komonews.com‘s headline proclaims. And it’s true! A single email – just one! – turned an illegal “gun free” zone into a place where concealed carry permit holders can exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Tracing the story back to the source (kuow.org) we learn that the Seattle Public Library was telling porky pies about the impetus behind obeying Washington law . . .
When Seattle Public Library lifted its ban on guns in early November, officials there said they had done so because patrons had complained.
Internal library emails reveal that there was just one patron complaint in several years – a man with a Yahoo email account who didn’t identify himself as either a patron or Seattle resident.
That man, Dave Bowman, lives in Seattle and has a library card (which he uses, he noted in an email to KUOW), and said that he demanded the policy change on behalf of all gun owners. He described himself as “neither a conservative, nor liberal, but a libertarian.”
Not a libertarian librarian, then. And a good thing we live in a constitutional republic rather than a democracy, where mob rule rules. Back to komonews.com, where anti-ballistic bias is bursting out all over.
Officials consulted with city attorney after Bowman’s email and decided to drop the gun ban in November without a fight.
City Attorney Pete Holmes says he hates that it had to be done, but he saw significant legal risk in keeping the gun ban going.
Librarians were clearly upset by the decision, saying libraries are prime targets for random violence and that guns may escalate confrontations.
Ralph Fascitelli is president of the gun control group Washington CeaseFire. He says the bigger issue is that Washington state has what he describes as weak gun laws.
If it’s random violence then doesn’t everybody have an equal chance of being a victim? Except armed Americans, of course. [h/t SJ]