A Kent man who announced Friday that he intended to carry a pistol into a West Seattle community center to trigger a lawsuit challenging Seattle's ban on guns in public spaces did just that Saturday, and was promptly asked to leave.
Bob Warden, 44, announced his intentions in an e-mail Friday morning to media as well as to the city of Seattle, including the police and city attorney.
On Saturday, Warden walked into the Southwest Community Center at 2801 SW Thistle Street with a Glock-27 .40-caliber sub-compact pistol under a black jacket in a holster strap over his left shoulder. Parks Department employee Lisa Harrison asked him to leave, and he did.
What's your opinion? Is this type of protest going to help the cause? I personally don't find it very attractive. To me it seems like adolescent rebellion.
What was the idea of leaving when asked? What kind of protest is that anyway? What do you think?
"I'm not here as a Second Amendment activist," Warden said. "I'm here as a citizen who believes in the rule of law.""As a courtesy, this is advance notice that at noon tomorrow, Saturday, November 14, I plan to exercise my legal right to bear arms in Seattle's Southwest Community Center, 2801 SW Thistle Street,"
I'm not sure I understand the difference between "a Second Amendment activist," and one who simply wants to exercise his "legal right to bear arms." Do you? Can you be the latter without being the former? Why would you want to make the distinction?
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