During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. – George Orwell
In Washington State on November 6th, 2018, voters passed Initiative 1639. At no time in our history has our right to self-protection been attacked so deceitfully. Billionaires funded an initiative, cloaked in the ever ambiguous “common sense gun laws” they purport to prevent gun violence. They manipulated the families who have lost loved ones to the acts of criminals. The billionaires who created this law are protected by men armed with the same firearms they seek to outlaw. The elites duped the voters of Washington into surrendering their right to privacy in order to keep their right of self-protection. More importantly, they will establish the legal precedent where they can use the crime of one person to charge another person with felonies.
Initiative 1639 allows the State of Washington to bypass the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPA) Act. It forces those who choose to exercise the constitutionally protected individual right of self-protection to surrender any concept of medical privacy. There are no real restrictions on who in the government can access your private health information. This means that if you work for the state or a local government, your supervisors can now access what all other Americans can keep private.
The ability to peruse the medical information of all gun owners in the State of Washington would lead to a “back door” to bans on gun ownership. If you are a combat veteran, an activist physician anywhere in the government could consider your combat history a psychological disability in order to take away your right to self-protection. If you are a police officer, an activist physician could consider an officer involved shooting to be a psychological trauma and thereby remove a law enforcement officer’s ability to carry a firearm. We all know the left uses government to force their ideology on others. This is a panacea for leftists who seek to subjugate gun owners in Washington State.
This will be no exception; ideological subjugation is rampant in I-1639. Section 8 mandates that a health care professional must validate a person’s ability to own a firearm. How much will this cost to acquire? How long will this take? Under Section 9, the government is immune from liability in restricting your right of self-protection. If it takes 5 years to get your validation, there is no way to hold government accountable. Section 10 mandates new license structures that are sure to be expensive. There are multiple mechanisms throughout I-1639 that could very easily be used to make your right of self-protection too expensive and too difficult to exercise.
The proponents of I-1639 state: “Gun violence is far too common in Washington and the United States.” Less than 1000 people die from all rifles per year across the United States. In contrast, 100,000 people a year die from medical malpractice. We don’t hear about anyone trying to prevent access to physicians, even though an airliner full of people die daily from their incompetence. If the rasion d’etre of proponets of I-1639 is to save lives, it is a grossly negligent misallocation of resources. Only the most dense or ideologically bent would believe I-1639 is designed to save lives. If anything, in combination with new restrictions on law enforcement in Washington State, criminals will be emboldened. Washington State is becoming a more dangerous place, and the right to protect yourself is being undermined.
Initiative 1639 sets a new and very dangerous legal precedent. It allows the State of Washington to charge gun owners with class C felonies for the criminal act of those who illegally obtain your firearms:
“SEC 5 (1) A person who stores or leaves a firearm in a location where the person knows, or reasonably should know, that a prohibited person may gain access to the firearm: (a) Is guilty of community endangerment due to unsafe storage of a firearm in the first degree if a prohibited person obtains access.”
“SEC 5 (2)(a) community endangerment due to unsafe storage of a firearm in the first degree is a class C felony.”
Thus, in Washington State, the government will be able to persecute gun owners if their firearm is stolen and used or possessed by someone else. This will set the legal precedent of imprisoning people for the actions of others. How far does this go? Can you be given a speeding ticket for someone speeding in your car? Can you be incarcerated because someone steals your wallet and commits check fraud? According to the logic of I-1639, if someone steals your car, drives drunk, and kills people, you are as much at fault as the driver, and it is a felony.
The direct effects of this law should scare every gun owner across the country. The second order effects of this law should concern every U.S. citizen who understands the rule of law, legal precedent, and constitutional rights. The American Left and their billionaire enablers have crossed a line that free people in a constitutional republic were never supposed to cross.