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The Real Reactionaries Are Anti-gun Politicians Who Seek to Punish Law-abiding Citizens for Criminals’ Lawlessness

"If a crime involves the use of a firearm, it must be the firearm's fault" is almost the automatic reaction of anti-gun politicians plagued by crime in their jurisdictions. Since guns were involved in all three of the shootings that occurred in Seattle, Washington last week, politicians are threatening to infringe further on law-abiding gun owners' precious rights in retaliation.

Following the third shooting in Seattle in as many days, Mayor Jenny Durkan said "We will not allow this to be the new normal. We know gun violence is preventable and are taking urgent action."

A similar statement was issued by Congressional Representative Democrat Pramila Jayapal, who pointed to the need for stronger gun controls.

The shooting Wednesday night in front of a McDonald's located in Seattle's high crime area was gang-related. One of the three thugs was wounded while the other two bolted but were later apprehended by police. Seven bystanders caught in the crossfire following an argument were either killed or wounded.

The thug who was wounded, 21-year-old Jamel Jackson, was booked into jail for unlawful possession of a firearm following being treated at a local hospital. The other two who bolted from the scene were captured shortly afterwards. Between the three of them, they have a history of more than 65 arrests, numerous felonies and misdemeanors, and yet, despite Seattle's strict gun controls, they were able to obtain the firearms they used in the gang war.

Marquise Latrelle Tolbert has been arrested 21 times, convicted of three felonies and 12 gross misdemeanors. William Ray Tolliver has been arrested 44 times, convicted of one felony, 18 gross misdemeanors and one misdemeanor. Both are 24 years old.

Police Chief Carmen Best said the shooting was "not a random incident. There were multiple people involved. There was a dispute that happened in front of the McDonald's, people pulled out their guns, shots rang out [and] people ran in all directions."

The Seattle Times ' editorial following the shootout blamed local politicians for ignoring the real problem while threatening to strengthen the city's already toxic infringements of the Second Amendment on law-abiding citizens:

A chorus of progressive politicians responded to Wednesday's shooting by calling for stricter gun-control laws … but there are already strict laws against felons having guns.

In this case, blaming guns sidesteps hard questions about why the city isn't better protecting people from known dangers of the drug epidemic and related crimes. Mayor Jenny Durkan said gangs are involved, but gangs are primary traffickers of illegal drugs.

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