Picking Apart Senator Cantwell’s Centrist Gun Statement

Update: March 8th. I sent this write-up to Senator Cantwell in response to her view that I’ve picked apart below. She sent me exactly the same response back. Republican, Democrat, or whatever, wouldn’t it be nice to deal with people in power than can at least adapt to emerging situations instead of just provide the same canned answers over and over again? I think the Senator may actually believe that her centrist view of the situation is actually progressive. Hence, she think that I didn’t read or understand her response. I would encourage her, or more likely one of her aides, to actually read this entire post.

Original post from March 6th:

Below, I will pick apart Senator Cantwell’s totally centrist response to the gun violence epidemic in the United States. With Democrats like this, the Republicans will never have to do anything substantial about guns. My comments will be in parentheses after her statements.

Dear Voter Without Money That I Don’t Really Care About,

Thank you for contacting me to express your views on gun ownership and violence prevention. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

I support the Second Amendment and the rights of law-abiding Washingtonians who own guns. (Since almost everyone gun owner is more or less a law abiding citizen until they do something really stupid with a gun this statement really means that the Senator is pandering to her friends in the NRA, gun manufacturers, and my donors who invest in them).

I also remain focused on addressing the deeply troubling incidents of gun violence in this country and making our state and our country as safe as possible for all people. (Although, her voting record shows that she’s been pretty much middle of the road on this issue. https://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/27122/maria-cantwell/37/gun-issues#.Wp7GpnXwa01

She is hardly a pioneer or what we need to stop the epidemic now. In general, she Gerrymanders on this issue. Just like our Democrat Mayor Kelli Linville, who met with our high school students before their heroic walkout for gun reform, but then couldn’t be bothered to stand with them at the event. She says she was in Olympia. She also supported the police purchase of a tank and full tactical gear in one of the safest cities in the US. Then again, our councils were no where to be seen either. I have been trying to patiently explain to our students what this lack of support means and where it comes from. Don’t be fooled kids, they still don’t give a shit about you.) 

I continue to believe that Congress must enact legislation to make our country safer. That’s why I support proposals to expand background checks to sales at gun shows and sales online, as Washington state has already done, and proposals to deny individuals on a federal terrorist watchlist the ability to purchase firearms. In the past, I have also supported proposals to ban certain (meaning that she’s hypothetically fine with the following scenario: She may push to ban some assault rifles that have been in the news recently like the AR-15 and the AK-47 but she’s totally fine with the Ruger AR-556 used in the Texas Church Massacre and new rifles developed under new designations. So in short, by the time they’re done castrating any real gun legislation an AR-15 may be renamed the BK-15 and you can get it with a 10-round clip full of cyanide tipped armor piercing bullets.) military-style, semi-automatic weapons and make it illegal to produce, import, or sell magazines with capacity of more than 10 rounds, (this right here shows that she’s pandering to the gun manufacturers, NRA, etc. an average magazine on a hunting rifle, like a Savage Axis XP .308, you know a real hunting rifle, has a 4 round capacity. That’s because you want to drop the deer in one shot, if not you may need another. If you need more than that you suck and need to spend more time at the range, learning to be stealth, using a tree stand, etc. So 4 is more than enough. 10 is a high capacity magazine and insane. Deer do not have armor.)(which also failed to garner enough votes to pass. Following the massacre in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, I was an original cosponsor of the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act. Introduced by Sen. Feinstein, this legislation closes a deadly loophole that allows semi-automatic weapons to be easily modified to fire at the rate of automatic weapons. (Yet she won’t ban semi-automatic weapons outright, even though they’re not used in hunting by any serious hunter.) Under the National Firearms Act, the sale, manufacture and transfer of automatic weapons is illegal. However, bump stocks, slide fire devices, and other similar accessories can be attached to semi-automatic weapons, allowing them to reach fully-automatic rates of fire. (Yes on bump stocks, slide fire devices, and other similar accessories, part of this is good.) I believe that we must close this loophole to protect both civilians and law enforcement officers. (The rest just shows her technological incompetence, or again pandering to the right. Semi-automatic weapons are actually more useful in shootings because they allow the murderer (aka called the shooter by most media outlets) to control their rate of fire, force them to take aim again in a deadlier manner, and help reduce recoil. Semi-auto weapons need to be banned too, period. They need to be considered assault weapons, because they are. Also, militarization of the police allows citizens to make arguemnt for overarming themselves. In Bellingham, one of the safest cities in the US, our mayor supported the purchase of a tank and full tactical gear for the police, while our homeless population is at least 1,600 people, and our unemployment is at 6%. So, just to be clear, it’s ok with them if the cops can easily murder you and your whole family. In fact they make sure of it. Although the police do have a hard, dangerous, job it is not the most dangerous job in the US by a long shot. The danger they are in has been greatly exaggerated. Here is a video of many fully armed, and well protected, police officers murdering a sobbing dad in Arizona. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-daniel-shaver-police-video-20171208-story.html)

Here is another video to a link describing how police work is not as dangerous as it is claimed to be. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/blake-fleetwood/how-dangerous-is-police-w_b_6373798.html

Does anyone else recall the part in 1984 where the state attacks its own citizens to keep them to afraid to oppose the party leaders? http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/16.html

In the wake of continued gun violence in our nation, I believe it is time for Members of Congress to set aside our differences and recommit ourselves to sensible reforms that will protect Americans. (Again, notice the keywords here. “Sensible reform” to someone liker her means not banning semi-automatic firearms so her buddies can keep making money off of selling firearms only designed for killing other people with. She also mentions nothing about banning armor piercing, or similar rounds, or assassination style handguns.)

Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.

(In the end, by the time a senator like this is done negotiating we will see no significant change. Still, many Democrats are angry with me for calling her out because, “hey at least she’s trying to do something.” Yes she is, she’s trying to slow you down long enough for you to forget that you need to vote centrists like her out of office because they will never accomplish the reform we need.)

Maria Cantwell
United States Senator