As of Friday, January 8, 2016
DAILY SUN NEWS EDITORIAL
As we all eagerly await the return of the Seattle Seahawks’ Beast Mode this Sunday on the grid iron, we are less enthusiastic about the return of “Gov. Least Mode.”
The ink was barely dry on President Barack Obama’s executive order on guns – the crocodile tears barely dry on his handkerchief – when Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday hopped on the coat tails and signed his own gun order.
Once again, Inslee is following the path of least liberal resistance – hence, “Gov. Least Mode” – instead of setting a path that represents all of the people of Washington state, including those of us on the East Side.
That’s true for the model he used for his gun order, too.
What did Least Mode use as his template for a gun plan for the entire state, you ask? Why, King County’s plan, of course.
We wholeheartedly agree gun violence is unacceptable and must be addressed nationwide. But the way to do that – as messy as it sounds – is by finding common ground.
In fact, it would be nice to leave lobbyists and political agendas out of it all together. But there’s no chance of that here, since the Legislature will surely cuss and discuss the issue to death over the next 60 days.
Yes, the people of this state did approve gun legislation in recent years. But that does not call for the governor to unilaterally create a new bureaucracy – not to mention more red tape, more big government.
Why don’t we just enforce the laws we already have on the books? And why not step up efforts to reach out to those suffering with mental illness?
But what’s next, if we allow so-called “health concerns” as a way to further anti-gun political agendas?
If Obama issues an edict that we all should walk or bike everywhere and leave cars at home, will Least Mode declare that for the betterment of our “health” he will forbid the sale of gasoline? That may seem like a far-fetched scenario. Yet, we’re headed that direction by genuflecting to one extreme side or the other.
Let’s have a dialogue about efforts to reduce gun violence. But let’s do so by engaging the entire electorate in the discussion.
That’s the least we can do.