I did a little research on the gun-bigot sponsors of the legislation mentioned in this post from yesterday.
Listed at the top of SB 5475 are Senators Kline and Kohl-Welles, also known as Senator Adam Kline from the 37th Legislative District and Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles from the 36th Legislative District.
Both of these districts are in Seattle, with Sen. Kline repping the Madrona, Rainier Beach and Rainier Valley neighborhoods, while Sen. Kohl-Welles reps for the Blue Ridge, Ballard, Magnolia and Queen Anne neighborhoods.
Sen. Kline is a former personal injury and civil rights lawyer who comes highly recommended by several civil rights activist groups, though notably absent are groups who focus on the civil right that makes all the others possible.
Senator Kohl Welles, on the other hand, seems to be directly in the pocket of Washington professional gun bigot group Ceasefire Washington. Over the past few years, she has focused her attention on any and every idea that the anti-gun lobbyists can think of; from the “Gun Show Loophole” to “Safe Storage” laws to creating a “Firearms Ballistic Database” and requests that a “National Database for Ammunition Identification” be created. She has even tried to go directly against the Washington State Supreme Court after they overwhelmingly approved a citizen’s right to carry a firearm into the State Capital Building.
Part of this, I believe, stems from the area she reps for. Each of the seperate neighborhoods she represents have reputations for low crime, with most folks describing them as “over-policed”. Just about any crime in the Magnolia higher than a car prowl is so rare as to be newsworthy. The State Supreme Court Justice who left a party and tried to DUI it a few blocks to her house was in Magnolia.
Senator Kline’s area, with the exception of Madrona, are Seattle’s high crime neighborhoods. I used to live right on the western edge of his district and was calling SPD every two to three weeks to have them come get the stripped stolen vehicle off the street in front of my house. It is also the center of most of the city’s gang activity.
I’m sure that Kline thinks he is doing his constituents some good with sponsoring this, but it just goes to show how ignorant and bigoted he is.
I mention all of this because at the beginning of this year, Seattle’s mandatory recycling program started. This December 31st is the last day of “warnings” for folks who don’t comply with the “less than 10% of recyclable materials in the trash” rule. As of Jan 01, 2007, there will be fines issued to homeowners and businesses who do not meet with the city inspector’s (yes, they have “trash inspectors” now) approval.
There is no word as to what they will do if you do not pay your trashy recycle fines, but it would not surprise to hear that someone was going to jail for not paying them. Hell, as a former resident of the city, it would not surprise me to hear about someone having their home seized for not paying them.
While Kline and Kohl-Welles had nothing to do with the madatory recycling program, their insistence upon writing and/or backing every single anti-gun provision that floats down the sewer of the State Legislature mirrors the attitude shows towards the subjects of Seattle by their government.
If they think of it, it must be for your own good.
I do not use those words lightly. They are verbatim of the advertizing campaign. You can find the previous posts where I talk about this here. And if you like the stories of my run-ins with the local eco-socialists, try this one out.
Link to Oregonian story found at Just Some Poor Schmuck