So last Friday I made a post regarding an incident of an unpossible nature. Well today the plot thickened!
For those who aren’t aware, here is the beginning of RCW 9.41.040:
(1)(a) A person, whether an adult or juvenile, is guilty of the crime of unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree, if the person owns, has in his or her possession, or has in his or her control any firearm after having previously been convicted or found not guilty by reason of insanity in this state or elsewhere of any serious offense as defined in this chapter.
It continues on this way throughout the entire law. This is basically the state equivalent of “felon in possession” and would be listed as prohibited by the state of Washington.
So it begs the question where did he get the weapon? Not that it really matters because it is yet another nail in the coffin of “laws controlling criminals.” The fact is criminals don’t care about the law, it is only the law abiding that actually pay attention.
So here’s the skinny, we have a college bar, next to a college campus that forbids concealed carry. When I say next to, we’re talking a block from the WSU Presidents house, 2 blocks from the WSU Campus Police station and the main bust stop for campus, 2 blocks from numerous on campus dorms, and centered smack dab in the middle of Greek housing. The state forbids carrying firearms into bars, as well as being intoxicated while carrying a weapon. Lastly this individual was a prohibited person under Washington State law.
Tell me, what in the name of god would another law have actually done in this instance? All those laws have effectively done is ensure that any responsible person that would be in that area would be disarmed and lacking the most effective tools when criminals don’t bother to play by the rules.
That’s right, not a damn thing.
As an FYI, that area on campus is by no means my favorite. I had friends that went to many of the bars in the area but for the most part I just went to friends places when they had parties. The reason being is because one should avoid dangerous situations and those bars are exactly that. When I spent some time with Pullman PD and did a couple ride-alongs I found out how bad that little part of campus really is. There are numerous people who hang around the area to prey upon people leaving the bars. Now I’m going to leave the user to apply the term prey how they would like because it applies to both genders. Assault is the main issue, but other incidents abound as well.
About the only way I’d go in those dives is with a bunch of buddies from back in the unit, mainly two particular Sergeants come to mind. One of whom is the only man that has ever really intimidated me. That man made our Gunny look like a baby and that’s just not right! The other one got kicked out of Burma while he was a Embassy Guard. Yeah, I had some awesome friends going through my college career.
Though me and some other friends did think it would be funny to come out of some of the college hill bars acting drunk and kick their ass. We just realized it would be pretty hard to explain it all away after.
Cop: So why were you all at the bar?
Us: Because the food is that awesome!
Cop: This is a campus bar, wanna try that again?
Because: We were studying human physiology?
Cop: You’re all stone sober yet everyone said it looked as if you were drunk as you all left? They also said you left one by one headed in the same direction with regular spacing, why?
Us: Well we wanted to blend in!
Us: Umm, would you believe us if we said so you’d follow us instead of our drunk buddies driving away?
Cop:Wanna try again? Besides, you were all armed in different manners as to remain legal, why?
Us: Because we were playing a game!
Cop: And what game is that?
Cop: What the hell is that?
Us: It’s where you try and get a wolf to go after a sheep-dog thinking it’s a sheep.
Cop: What happens to the wolf when he bites?
Us: Well that’s his own damn fault, should have just stayed his ass out of the kitchen if he can’t take the heat! All he had to do was let us walk on by!
Yeah, I don’t think I would have been able to stay out of a jail cell if we tried that. I have a feeling it would be treated as hunting over bait. Not to say it wouldn’t have been worth it.*
*As an extra note, these assaults were done predominately by 3 to 4 individuals with one person leading the attack. As one group leaves Pullman another one usually fills its place. Seriously the group could be considered along the misfits from A Clockwork Orange and for that reason if we did it, I wouldn’t have shed a tear. Again, that wouldn’t have been good for my court appearance.
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.