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    When the National Rifle Association sent out its latest legislative questionnaire, Democratic Washington state Sen. Reuven Carlyle had some words ready.

    OLYMPIA — When the National Rifle Association (NRA) sent out its latest legislative questionnaire, Reuven Carlyle had a choice response ready.

    Carlyle, a Democratic state senator from Seattle, received a list of questions Friday, used to determine how friendly lawmakers are to gun rights.

    “If you choose not to return a questionnaire, you may be assigned a ‘?’ rating, which can be interpreted by our membership as indifference, if not outright hostility, toward Second Amendment-related issues,” the NRA’s email reads.

    For Carlyle, it sparked the memory of 2014 remarks reportedly made by NRA lobbyist Brian Judy, comparing gun-purchase background checks to the beginning of Nazi measures against Jews before World War II.
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    That episode “was incredibly unsettling and offensive for the Jewish community and others,” Carlyle said Friday.

    So Carlyle emailed the NRA questionnaire to Judy and some others, including the media. He wrote:

    “As a 2016 candidate and incumbent Washington State Senator, I would be more than willing to respond to your official request by the NRA once your organization has the professional courtesy to respond to the inquiry made in 2014 by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and me about your statements linking 21st Century U.S. gun safety procedures with 1930s Nazi policies.”

    Carlyle continued:

    “Since, as far as I am aware, no one received the personal or professional courtesy of a response about your statements, one may be led to assume ‘indifference, if not outright hostility, toward’ the sensibilities of the broader Jewish community as well as a belief and value system that vitriolic language is belittling to our nation’s civic dialogue.

    “Thus, please consider this a formal request that you make an official notation in your campaign ratings and material to members that I directly responded to your request with a full and complete willingness to answer your policy questions once you and the NRA provide a response to previous inquires about statements that some may consider vicious and insensitive.”

    And just for good measure, Carlyle gave Judy a link to donate to the Alliance for Gun Responsibility — a group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun-violence prevention effort — that in 2014 successfully pushed abackground-check expansionin Washington.

    Judy didn’t respond to an email from The Seattle Times seeking comment.

    Guns are an issue that hits close to home for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. In 2006, a disturbed man with a handgun forced his way into the organization’s Seattle office and killed one employee and wounded five others.

    Carlyle ended his note by inviting Judy to “a thoughtful, safe, healthy civic dialogue at any time you may wish to engage.”

    Given the status of thedebateover guns, that isn’t likely to happen.
    When the National Rifle Association sent out its latest legislative questionnaire, Democratic Washington state Sen. Reuven Carlyle had some words ready.
    Pat ------> NRA Lifetime Endowment Member #FAAFO

    Typical typical count on a crusade to make an issue where there is none. Jews more than anyone should be weary of "gun control".


    • LazyLab
      LazyLab commented
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      Chuck Schumer packs heat. Bloomberg has a team of private armed guards. They want your guns taking away.
      Last edited by LazyLab; 06-01-2016, 06:40 AM.

    • Mycher
      Mycher commented
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      That's the elites mantra "Guns for us, none for you!"

    What a d-bag.

    Guy clearly has no recollection of what Germany did prior to the outright extermination of Jews.

    Give you a hint buddy...It started with mandatory registration.
    “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." - Benjamin Franklin


      Sounds like Democratic Washington state Sen. Reuven Carlyle needs to spend some time in his "safe space" where his feelings from the realities of life will not be hurt.
      Just Another Reason For Me To Retire in Tennessee.


        To be fare, all sides of the issue have a right to speak and act out. NRA (like most of the political/lobby organizations) not a perfect organization. Sending the questionnaire to this particular politician was a dick move, knowing his political stands.

        I'm big advocate of DIALOGUE and MUTUAL GROUND position. I like to make jokes about anti's but I do trying to stay away from name calling. I believe in EDUCATION because without it fear being born in peoples heads.

        I'm personally not a believer that having rights to have weapons would save Jews from Holocaust. When Jews wanted to fight, they got weapons. Warsaw uprising, Polish and Belarus partizans and so on, as example.


          Maybe we should take up a collection and inundate that douche with history books and documentaries about WWII, and the Czarist pogroms, and the Spanish Inquisition.
          Remind him of history and facts.


            I'm a Jew - please don't listen to this turd sandwich


              Bla Bla Bla said this .... Bla Bla Bla professional whatever.........Fuck all that ..... He gets an " F"...


                Dealing with pogroms, Odessa style.



                  Gotta love this euphemism:" 21st Century U.S. gun safety procedures". Hey Reuven (ever get beat up with that name?), I'll answer for the NRA:

                  Your gun safety procedures will have NO effect on make anyone safer, as anyone who would be blocked by a background check will get a gun anyway from the usual sources that criminals already get them. Your "gun safety procedures" are merely thinly disguised incremental steps to the gradual prohibition on firearms. You need all transfers data based because otherwise there is no physical way to know who has guns and who doesn't. And the only reason for you having such information is eventually confiscation and bans, ala Australia (which your presidential candidate has called for!). Since the disarmament of the civilian population was exactly what the Nazis and fascists have done in the past, your goals and methods mimic those of these bigots. There's your link. Now fuck off.
                  Ballistic: "Grif... You are my legal eagle spirit animal...."