So yesterday a bunch of people showed up at the Washington State Capital in Olympia.
I wasn’t among them for a couple different reasons. First my wife had to work, second It would have been at least a 6 hour trip one way. Google says 5:35 and that’s a lie, it takes that long to get to Auburn where I grew up, and it’s about an hour from Auburn to Olympia. Third the whole state is hovering around freezing and snowing in many places, including the passes. Yeah I’m not embarking on a 339 mile road trip that in the grand scheme doesn’t matter. If I need to roll out to Olympia to speak against legislation I will, but that’s not what this was so my investment in time and money wouldn’t have been worth it‘
Most news papers I’ve seen put estimates at around 1,500 people, the Seattle times is estimating under 1,000, some however have reported 2,000. So take the estimates for what you’d like. Given the cold and weather I’d say this was a significant turn out. Doubly so since other major gun related events were going on yesterday and were packed as well.
The WAC show in Puyallup was packed, and put to me as “nuts”, and it appears that today is equivalent to a normal Saturday. Considering Sundays are usually much more lax than Saturdays, the WAC show is busy.
Also as a side note, a few at gun shows did something stupid and resulted in injuries due to a failure to observe the 4 rules. Remember folks, right now we’re under a magnifying glass and the best way to describe these incidents as, “Not Helping”. Never fear though because our opponents, ever ghoulish, were dancing in blood on twitter.
There were 3 different incidents with 5 injuries. One was a case of induced touching where he was reloading his carry piece after going through the gun show. Some how he put a round through his hand.
The biggest single incident was Raleigh where an idiot didn’t unload his shotgun he was intending to sell at home. When showing clear at the table it discharged striking 2 people with shot and injuring the hand of person checking the weapon.
The last one from Ohio was done by a vendor and some how the weapon went off by opening the box. Yeah I don’t believe that story either. Please folks, use some brains, this is not the time to cause more negative attention for us.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.