‘A Powerful and Destructive Force’
The NRA-ILA has condemned Washington state Governor Jay Inslee after he called the NRA and its supporters a “destructive force” in a recent call to raise support for new gun control measures at home.
“Enough is enough,” said Inslee in his attack email. “Gun violence is a public health crisis in this country, and here in Washington state, we’re going to address this problem—right now.”
“Make no mistake, the NRA and their friends in the gun lobby are a powerful and destructive force,” said Inslee. “We must stand together to demand a reduction in preventable gun violence here in Washington state…That means standing up to the NRA and their high-powered friends.”
In response the NRA-ILA issued this statement saying “The Governor is using law-abiding gun owners as a scapegoat for his failure to provide any practical solutions that would deal with crime and mental health issues in the state of Washington. Current laws do not need to be ‘strengthened,’ but they do need to be enforced.”
Recently Inslee announced his intentions to expand existing state gun control laws through executive orders. “While Congress has failed for years to make progress on reducing gun violence, we are not afraid to take action in Washington state,” said Inslee at a press conference, reports the Seattle Times.
“He intends to double down and use the Obama/Bloomberg playbook to place even further restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of Washingtonians,” said the NRA-ILA.
Inslee has argued for data-driven methods to reduce gun violence and suicides, although some have called it a flawed approached.
Gun rights advocate and Washington resident Alan Gottlieb criticized the governor saying that “he and the gun industry have been working for the past year with suicide-prevention advocates on strategies including safe storage and keeping guns away from criminals and people with mental illness.”
“When he starts mandating through executive action gun-control measures, he’s going to sabotage all the efforts of the past year to lower suicide rates,” said Gottlieb.