No one was hurt and no stores were looted. Between 1,000 and 3,000 lawful gun owners showed up openly armed at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Saturday to defy the newly passed gun control law, I-594.
Organizer Gavin Seim made the extraordinary nature of the rally very clear, "This isn’t just a protest. We are here to openly violate the law." Attendees publicly transferred their guns to each other in violation of I-591’s background check provisions, and some even bought and sold guns just a few feet away from law enforcement. A fire pit blazed throughout the rally, and at the conclusion, gun owners lined up to burn their concealed weapons permits. A petition was circulated affirming gun owners’ refusal to follow I-594, which ended with, “We pledge our blood. We will not comply.”
Good for them! Refusing to comply with the law, a contempt for democratic norms, the "blood" thing -- gosh.
Point is, you don't have to like this white dude to note that he had hammers wrapped in plastic in a closed backpack, and these Olympia white dudes were brandishing weapons and openly flouting the law.
Oh, what the hell:
Despite the fact that the participants in the putsch had shot dead four policemen and staged an armed (and in any reasonable terms) treasonable revolt against a legitimately constituted state government, the court sentenced Hitler to a mere five years in prison for high treason.
There are predictable consequences for nations determined to hate their own laws and governments, nations that make a majority fetish of the gun, nations whose minority citizens are deliberately kept simmering at a seething desire for vengeance.
Sell, sell to white folks that savory, deep-felt benign bigotry that always does so swell at the hustings in places like fucking Staten Island. Tell, tell the cops, hey, it's all cool.
Seems an easy enough prognostication: either we have a genuine democracy, or we have spilled blood. I advocate nothing here; it's just how it goes.