TTAG reader CraigM writes:
Washington (the state) can be a rather nutty place. On one hand, it has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the country (open carry, easy CPL, etc). But in the ‘burb of Seattle, politics tend to be a lot less . . . logical. Recall that previously we had a gun “buy-back” where the Powers That Be had surrendered firearms melted down into “peace bricks” to put around the town. [Ed: stymied by an “accidental” melt-down.] Last week, the Mayor allocated $400,000 (that the city probably doesn’t have) to maintain additional “anti-violence” patrols to help curb the violence in the downtown area. Rather than deter violent crime though, this weekend, the SPD was busy handing out bags of Doritos at Hempfest (legalized pot you know). And now the Mayor is asking businesses to go “gun-free.” Which is sure to have a huge impact on the rate of “gun violence.” Because criminals and psychopaths always stop to read the signage before entering a business to do their dirty work. The kicker . . .
The people pushing business to “go gun free” admit it won’t help.
Fascitelli said the program won’t stop a determined killer such as the Cafe Racer shooter. But he said that taking guns out of the equation could prevent some arguments from ending in tragedy.
Right, so it won’t help the crime that has happened in the past (the kind we are trying to reduce), but might stop a hypothetical scenario that hasn’t happened. Got it. But as the AI at TTAG always notes, at least we are doing something for the children. [/sarc]