The supporters of Initiative 594 here in Washington State, which would make background checks for private firearm sales mandatory, are losing in the polls.
So they do what every other leftist group does when they are losing: They discover something to be outraged about.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has called for the resignation of a National Rifle Association lobbyist who reportedly linked gun control to the Holocaust.
At a news conference Tuesday at the federationâ€™s Seattle headquarters, President Keith Dvorchik said longtime NRA spokesman Brian Judy should resign for reportedly connecting a ballot initiative designed to reduce gun violence to Nazi policies that led to the Holocaust.
Dvorchik also demanded the national office of the NRA â€œmake clear that it rejects his ignorant and unproductive dialogue.â€
A report about Judy surfaced Monday on the liberal blog Horsesass.org. An audio clip on the blog plays over a still photo of the meeting and purportedly features Judy talking about Jews who support gun control.
The remarks reportedly were made last week at a gathering in Silverdale in opposition to Initiative 594, a measure on the ballot this fall that would expand background checks for gun purchases.
In the recording, a speaker references Nick Hanauer, a Seattle entrepreneur who has contributed more than $300,000 to an independent-expenditure group supporting I-594. Hanauer, who is Jewish, wrote recently in Politico about how his family fled Nazi Germany. The speaker on the recording references Hanauerâ€™s piece:
â€œNow [Hanauer is] funding, heâ€™s put half a million dollars, toward this policy, the same policy that led to his family getting run out of Germany by the Nazis. You know, itâ€™s staggering to me, itâ€™s just, you canâ€™t make this stuff up. That these people, itâ€™s like any Jewish people I meet who are anti-gun, I think, â€˜Are you serious? Do you not remember what happened?â€™ And why did that happen? Because they registered guns and then they took them.â€
Joe has some background on Brian Judy here.
His remarks were intelligent, complex and true. The exact opposite of how the Jewish Federation described them. That is how you can tell they’re faking the outrage.
In addition to the shame of having to feign outrage, some folks will remember that in 2006, the Seattle office of the Jewish Federation was shot up by one of those “instant jihadi’ types. The shooter shot six employees at the business with a pair of handguns which were legally purchased (meaning he went through everybackground check knwo to all the government agencies involved and waited through his mandatory three day waiting period).
Nothing in Initiative I-594 would have stopped him from doing what he did, yet they fully support passage of it anyway.