In Puyallup Saturday morning, ammunition dealers at the monthly Washington Arms Collectors’ show could hardly have been busier and some were thanking Vice President Joe Biden for keeping their sales strong.
As Brietbart reported, the vice president predicted the other day that Congress will pass some sort of gun control legislation “before the year is out.” Remarks like that are all it takes for the “lead rush” to continue.
Add to that a Friday alert from the National Rifle Association that Gov. Jay Inslee is looking at a special session to talk about revenue and gun control, and one has the makings for more panic buying. That was based on a remark reported by the Spokane Spokesman-Review.
It was during the gun show that one WAC member approached this column and suggested a citizen initiative that would require state lawmakers to not get paid if they could not finish their business in 120 days. There should not be, the member said, any reason why the Legislature cannot adopt a budget and deal with other legislation within that time frame.
Cost the taxpayers more by requiring a special session and lawmakers ought to be paying back to the state treasury.
As for gun control, Inslee apparently didn’t get the message earlier this year that gun control is not a major priority in the House or the Senate. Lawmakers were not serious enough about it to meet certain requirements proposed by gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb, chief among them being the elimination of the state pistol registry as part of an expanded background check measure.
All of that said, activity at the Puyallup fairgrounds Saturday was brisk. Wade Gaughran, owner of Wade’s Bellevue indoor gun range, came with cases of ammunition and he had people backed up two- and three-deep at his table. Likewise, other ammunition dealers, and this column observed people walking out the doors with cases of ammunition.
Gaughran said this is the first time in his memory that he has been unable to get 9mm ammunition in any quantity and it has been that way since September. That suggests the ammo shortage currently being blamed on the aftermath of Sandy Hook started months before that tragedy.
He also said other pistol calibers, and .22-caliber rimfire ammunition, has been nearly impossible to get.
Biden’s mouth and Inslee’s apparent inability to take a hint are contributing to the very thing they seem intent on avoiding: Expanded firearm and ammunition sales.
The end result is an environment in which they will be forced to realize something about all of these guns they don’t want the people to have: The people already have them.