Astroturf v. grassroots: The ‘rights versus regulations’ battle continues

The ongoing fight over gun legislation is real. Dave Workman for Examiner.com wrote yesterday:

While the well-funded Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR) is planning its third annual fund-raising luncheon next month – and today sent out an e-mail reminder – the financially lean Protect Our Gun Rights (POGR) team yesterday warned in its own funding appeal that “The billionaire gun banners…are at it again!”

….When it comes to gun control versus gun rights, the prohibitionists seem far better funded, thanks to the deep pockets of wealthy elitists who just cannot seem to abide by the fact that average citizens have a right to self-determination, as well as self-defense. These middle class Americans can’t afford armed private security, but they can afford to buy a firearm.

The WAGR group is lamenting that lawmakers in Olympia want to make common sense changes in gun laws to protect the privacy rights of their constituents. They believe that constitutional rights should never be up to a public vote that may be popular now, but what about next year?

WAGR is still basking in the “glory” of having essentially bought last November’s election with a $10 million-plus campaign for Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control and handgun registration measure disguised as a crime-fighting tool. They got a lot of money, roughly 20 percent of their total campaign fund, from Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety lobbying organization and the billionaire ex-new York Mayor, himself, during that campaign, of which one of the arms is Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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