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Two men identified by police in Seattle, Washington as suspects in a wild shooting incident that resulted in one death and seven other people being injured reportedly have more than 60 arrests and 35 convictions between them, yet they were packing guns and trading shots; a situation one gun rights leader calls “outrageous.”
“Instead of complaining about guns on the street, why aren’t officials in Seattle and Olympia working to keep people like these two suspects off the street,” demanded Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
CCRKBA - Bellevue - City - Seattle - Shore
Coincidentally, CCRKBA is headquartered in Bellevue, a bustling city immediately east of Seattle on the shore of Lake Washington.
Both suspects fled immediately after the shooting, and it was reported both had outstanding warrants at the time they opened fire. KIRO is reporting that police have identified as suspects in the shooting, and are “known to Seattle police.” Both are 24 years old and both apparently have lengthy criminal histories.
Incident - Discussion - Media - CCRKBA - Reasoning
Since the incident, the discussion on social media has essentially followed CCRKBA’s reasoning. Local Second Amendment activist Jane Milhans noted on Facebook, “We don’t have a firearm problem in WA, we have a problem with repeat offenders being released and committing crimes over and over again.”
The mass shooting was the third incident over the course of 24 hours reported in Seattle. A day earlier, a man was fatally shot within a couple of blocks of the intersection where the gunfight occurred. Earlier in the day, Seattle police shot a man in the same vicinity.
Irony - Fact - Days - Shootings - CCRKBA
There was no small irony in the fact that ten days before the shootings, CCRKBA had criticized gun control laws that have failed...
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