LGBT civil rights activist and author Dan Savage has a(nother) brilliant idea: putting an assault weapons ban on the ballot in his home state of Washington.
“The legislature won’t do it,” Savage writes. “Let the people do it. Let’s do it: let’s file and start gathering signatures. I’m thinking it’ll pass.”
“We could be a model for the nation,” he adds. And he’s absolutely right.
The problem with how gun control is shaping up right now is that the chances of an assault weapons ban passing the House of Representatives is pretty much nil. So let the states pick up the slack. Savage points to a recent Washington “poll found 66 percent support (54 percent strongly) for banning semi-automatic assault weapons.”
Best part: getting to listen to conservatives whine about how wrong and unfair this is. I mean, putting the rights of an unpopular minority group up to a vote? Where does that end? Today we’re voting on the second-amendment rights of gun owners, tomorrow we’re voting on the marriage rights of gay couples—oh, yeah. We already did that. More than once.
I hope others will follow Savage’s lead — especially in those states that have an active citizen ballot initiative process.
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