BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Seattle gun owners can take much credit for the ouster of anti-gun Mayor Greg Nickels in this weekâ€™s primary election, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said this morning following what amounted to a concession speech at his press conference.
Nickels came in third in the cityâ€™s â€œTop Twoâ€ primary, signaling that voters in Seattle were fed up with his bully pulpit style, and perhaps more than anything, his arrogance, said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. No single episode has better underscored that haughtiness than the mayorâ€™s open defiance of Washington State law that denied him the authority to set up the cityâ€™s own restrictive gun laws.
â€œWhen the mayor announced last year that he would ban legally-carried firearms from city property when he knew it would be contrary to the stateâ€™s preemption statute,â€ Gottlieb recalled, â€œit made tens of thousands of Seattle gun owners furious. Nickels insulted their intelligence by promising to ban guns by executive order, which is the height of municipal contempt for the rights of citizens under the state Constitution. He literally threw away their votes.â€
CCRKBA Projects Director Thomas McKiddie, a West Seattle resident, said he and his gun-owning fellow Seattleites had simply had enough of the mayorâ€™s condescension toward their rights to be safe on city streets, in parks and on other public property.
â€œI donâ€™t know a single gun owner in Seattle who voted for Nickels,â€ McKiddie said. â€œAfter he threatened an executive order, he lost the nerve to actually issue one because he knew he would lose that fight in court. Instead, he included gun prohibitions in use contracts for the Seattle Center and other venues. He knew a citywide ban would be unenforceable, and his ouster demonstrates that Seattle gun owners were having none of it.â€
â€œWe hope this sends a signal to Nickelsâ€™ successor,â€ Gottlieb observed, â€œthat stirring the wrath of gun owners is a mistake. This weekâ€™s primary result in Seattle should stand as a warning to other mayors who signed on with New Yorkâ€™s Michael Bloomberg to trample the firearms rights of their constituents.
â€œMayors are not monarchs,â€ Gottlieb concluded. â€œThey are not above the law. Greg Nickels is going to have a long time to think about that, as he watches this election season from the sidelines.â€