Restoring Peace and Safety to our Communities

What will you do about Guns and violence?

In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Uvalde many people have asked me what I would do about gun rights and gun control. As always before we propose solutions, we should properly understand the problem. Violence isn't a new problem, it is a serious problem as old as history. First and foremost we have a Justice system which has failed in its duty to stop the violence and that is one reason Justice reform is a top priority for me. Criminal Justice reform is the real solution to our increasingly violent communities.

Guns are a tool of murder, just as cars are a tool of drunk driving, pens are a tool of fraud, and duopoly politics is a way of stealing wealth from the people and giving it to crony lobbyists. In every example we should keep the tools away from those who misuse them, but not take the rights away of innocent people. Neither can I ignore the institutionally racist history of gun control in our country.

I will continue presenting some of the useful statistics and history that brings me to my informed approach to gun violence:

Restricting sales won't stop crime

If criminals aren't purchasing their guns in stores then restrictions on stores can't have more than a minimal effect. We need to target gun thefts, not store purchases

Restricting Rifles won't stop crime

Restrictions on the sale of rifles will do far more to stop hunters and home self-defense than violent crime.

The majority of gun deaths are not homicides

Murders and self-defense killings combined are less than suicide. Suicide prevention is about crisis management. Pills, cars, guns, razors, bridges and more can be used for suicide. What is needed is less social taboo around suicide discussion, more support for mental health. When someone mentions gun deaths, always ask them for homicide data instead.

1. Criminals don't buy guns from stores

Less than 20% of guns used in violent crimes are store purchased. Studies other than the one linked sometimes put this figure as low as 3%. 89 percent of federal firearm offenders were legally disqualified from owning guns, typically because of a felony record.

2. Rifles rarely used as a murder weapon

Bladed weapons are used about three times more often to commit homicide.

      3. A minority of gun deaths are homicides

Murders and self-defense killings by police and civilians combined are less than suicides.

4. Additional Statistics              

If you like to read as much as I do

Prohibition has never worked

Gun prohibition would be less effective than abortion, alcohol, drug, and prostitution prohibition. Worse is that violent criminals would be the least impacted and those trying to lawfully protect themselves would be more disadvantaged

The American experiment with Gun Control

Gun Control has a long colorful history in the USA. By which I mean a very racist history. From the Dredd Scott decision, to the Black Codes, to the massacre at Wounded Knee, to the Mulford Act of 1967 in response to armed Black Men. In the 1990s after Koreans defended their property and their lives in Los Angeles riots we saw more proposed gun control. Now we have soaring first time gun ownership rates among women and black americans and the conversation once again turns to gun control.

When did gun control stop being racist? When did gun control organizations distance and differentiate themselves from racist attempts to disarm minorities?

As I doorbell across our communities I see it similarly. Our less urban conservative neighborhoods and our urban communities of color share longer police response times and they want access to the tools of self-defense. In wealthier and whiter neighborhoods police response times are fast and people ask for me to restrict non-police officers from having firearms.  Two years ago there were protests in the streets about police violence and we just watched the Uvalde police stand outside a school for an hour and assisted the murder of children. So I unequivocably stand against the idea that "only the police should have guns".  I will take a strong stance against criminals who inititate violence and I will be an ally to those who want the tools to defend their communities from those who would initiate violence.

It provides additional safety for our communities when people with evil intent are afraid that those they would victimize could fight back.

"The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men."

Washington State Constitution, Article 1, Section 24

"To ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the law abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless."

— Lysander Spooner, American Abolitionist

I support armed Self-Defense

The Right of the Individual to keep and bear arms in defense of their self and their community is an essential right. Which ever group controls the government by majority has the weapons of government to defend themselves with.  But the right to bear arms is one of the most essential rights of minorities.

I oppose the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self-defense. I accept that people may restrict  I oppose government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories except to determine that the individuals doing so are not known to have aggresive intent.

Self-Defense Organizations

I am not a fan of the NRA, but rather than direct you to alteratives like Gun Owners of America I want to showcase local voices and minority voices of self-defense training.

I support Operation Blazing Sword, a grass-roots organization dedicated to helping LGBTQ people become responsible firearm owners. Armed Gays don't get Bashed

Operation Blazing Sword

I once had the priviledge of meeting Maj Toure in Washington who leads the Black Guns Matter organization.

Black Guns Matter

West Coast Armory North, Everett's local gun range has trained a lot of people in how to safely handle firearms.

West Coast Army North