Yesterday’s announcement by King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg that he will push to toughen juvenile court justice, with support from the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, seems a far better approach than one proposed by authorities in Connecticut to combat their gang violence problem.
Satterberg did the right thing by reaching out to the firearms community, as well as anti-gunners with a modest proposal that seems simple by comparison to what Attorney General Eric Holder and others unveiled in the Constitution State Tuesday. He has clearly put some effort into this, as demonstrated by Wednesday’s press conference that seemed to be a first with the state’s leading resident grassroots gun rights organization and its gun control counterpart in the same room, and on the same page.
In Connecticut, according to various news accounts including one in the Meriden Record-Journal, Holder, Gov. Dannel Malloy and U.S. Attorney David B. Fein want to “reach out” to those responsible for the violence and show them “that services are available to find a better life and warning them of the stiff penalties they face if the violence does not stop.”
Satterberg, with CCRKBA’s blessing, wants to bag these armed punks and lock them up, for at least 15 weeks on a second, rather than a fifth offense. It gets them off the street and sends a signal to compatriots and wannabes that if they don’t straighten up, they’re going down. Back east, it’s hard to imagine street-level gangsters getting nervous about Holder, who can’t even fire the knuckleheads responsible for Operation Fast and Furious.
In Connecticut, they’re calling this “Project Longevity.” In King County, they didn’t waste time dreaming up some clever title, they just got their heads together to put the hurt on illegally-armed teen thugs in a way that will not affect the rights of law-abiding gun owners, including teens who use guns to hunt, plink, compete or shoot predators, or do anything else that is legal.
Significantly, it does not appear from any news coverage or press releases that Connecticut officials have invited the firearms community to be part of their initiative. Instead they’ve gotten all kinds of agencies involved, along with community colleges and a laundry list of “service providers.” That could ultimately cost a small fortune and create a new quasi-bureaucracy that ultimately wraps itself in red tape and accomplishes nothing.
Satterberg’s plan may come in for less than $1 million, and when compared to the multi-billion dollar state budget, that’s chump change; well-invested chump change.
The challenge here in Washington State will be twofold. First, backers of his proposal will have to wrench the money from tight-fisted bean counters who find funds for all kinds of oddball “entitlement” programs. Second, they will have to make sure that this effort is not usurped to promote some kind of gun control measure.
Lawmakers begin meeting in Olympia in early January.
Dan, National Gun Rights Examiner
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