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Ground Zero: Washington Rights Activists Energized, Organizing

In the five days after the Washington State Supreme Court overturned a Thurston County Superior Court ruling on Initiative 1639 to restore the measure to the November ballot, Evergreen State gun owners have been a busy bunch, organizing opposition to the billionaire-backed gun control scheme.

On Tuesday, the National Rifle Association officially launched its website opposing the 30-page initiative to explain its many problems, from a gun owner’s perspective. I-1639 is supported by the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the same group that spent more than $10 million in 2014 to pass Initiative 594, a gun control measure mandating so-called “universal background checks,” which did not prevent two high-profile shootings in the state in 2016, in Mukilteo and Burlington.

Save Our Security, the other opposition website, is getting more attention. Chairman Phil Watson is scrambling to organize the grassroots, and to build a campaign war chest.

And the Washington 2A Facebook page, which has been around since 2014 when it was created to oppose Initiative 594, has seen a quadrupling of its followers in the past month, according to administrator Butch Elrod of Kennewick. An open carry advocate who is a chainsaw sculptor, Elrod is a mild-speaking activist who told Liberty Park Press Wednesday that the biggest challenge gun owners have right now is apathy.

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