Funny thing about the unprecedented armed civil disobedience rally in Olympia on Saturday where 2,000 folks deliberately broke the new I-594 law and got away with it without incident. The local press covered it. AP picked it up. I'm told by organizer Gavin Seim that outlets in Eastern Europe picked up on it. On the blogosphere, it was even bitterly denounced by the collectivist chatterers. For example, commiepinko Thom Hartmann on Russia Today calls me out on his "The Good, The Bad, And the Very, Very Immorigerously Ugly" segment asking what I mean by "Second Amendment Remedies." "Oh, that's right," he concludes, "Shooting people." Well, glad he figured that out.
On the so-called conservative/libertarian blogs it got a little traction. Reason magazine noted it: Gun Owners Defy Washington Background Check Law as Rally Organizer Burns His Carry Permit
The New American picked it up:Washington State Pro-Gun Rally Draws Thousands
You know who didn't cover any of it? Not the run-up to the rally, not the rally, and not the aftermath? Why almost all of the so-called "Gun Rights Blogosphere." Now we did get some mention in the run-up on Ammoland
And Dave Workman did give us some mention in a story entitled "Gun rights battle brings crowds to Olympia, Puyallup." But then Washington state is his AO as they say -- his and his employer Alan Gottlieb's home base. To not have mentioned us at all would have been far too obvious. As it was, his lede compared the gun show he covered (one of three that weekend that competed with the rally for firearm owners' attendance) to the largest and absolutely unprecedented armed civil disobedience in the country. Well, of course. And what vigorous action was happening at the gun show?
At the Puyallup gun show, WAC President John Rodabaugh, a practicing attorney and prosecutor, and a licensed firearms dealer, spent much of his time answering questions from members about what the new law does and doesn’t do. Likewise, staffers at the Second Amendment Foundation’s display were busy fielding questions.
To his credit, Workman also noted:
Remarkably for this time of year, weather cooperated for both events. This column noted earlier that attendance in Olympia — where some people had predicted a turnout of several thousand — might be dependent on the weather. In Puyallup, there’s a roof, and several hundred tables of goods including firearms, ammunition, knives and various accessories from parts to emergency disaster supplies.
Rugged duty and much risk there, no doubt.
Which makes the last paragraph in Workman's story the most priceless:
The people behind I-594, who will be in Olympia next month with a handful of new demands, want to add Washington and possibly Oregon and Nevada to that list. People who were in Olympia and Puyallup will do their best to stop them.
Their best. Yup. As long as there's a roof over their heads and they risk nothing besides someone taking exception to their answer to a question.
Still, as I say, you've got to give Dave credit. At least he mentioned us. The rest of the so-called "Gun Rights Blogosphere" apparently sat silently squirming in remarkable imitation of selectively blind deaf-mutes. Or perhaps a better analogy is Dustin Hoffman's Raymond from the 1988 movie Rainman. To even mention the largest instance of armed civil disobedience to tyrannical government in modern memory would have put them out of their comfort zone. Obsessed with watching the familiar Judge Wapner on TV, they can only deal with the spectacle of seeing others actually risking their freedom and safety doing what they spent their entire lives merely giving lip service to by registering their discomfort, murmuring to themselves: "Ten minutes to Wapner. We're definitely locked in this box with no TV."
Of course, these are largely the same people who ignored Fast and Furious after David and I broke the story and continued to do so until they felt it was safe to do so (or were finally embarrassed like the NRA and dragged kicking and screaming to it).