View Full Version : Have Gun – Will Travel…preferably on a Harley-Davidson

08-05-2009, 05:11 PM
Seattle Gun Rights Examiner - Dave workman

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More than a few eyebrows have been raised around the country since news broke the other day that a Bellevue, WA motorcycle retailer had been offering a $500 voucher toward the purchase of a firearm or gun-related accessories for anyone who purchase a Harley-Davidson Big Twin Harley.
Eastside Harley-Davidson even posted a somewhat satirical video on its website, proclaiming “Our government guarantees certain rights, one of which is the right to bear arms. Eastside Harley-Davidson is adding to that list the right to a new Harley.”
My colleague, Seattle Motorcycle Examiner Phil Herring, discussed the promotion here.

Our government guarantees certain rights, one of which is the right to bear arms. Eastside Harley-Davidson is adding to that list the right to a new Harley. -- Eastside Harley-Davidson YouTube advertisement

These vouchers are redeemable at Wade’s Eastside Gun Shop and indoor shooting range, one of the busiest such facilities anywhere in the country. Surprisingly, in a city just across Lake Washington from ultra-Liberal Seattle, business at Wade’s belies the notion that Washington is entirely populated by airhead lefties who reflexively dislike guns and people who own them.
(Perhaps not so surprisingly, there was not a big Seattle lineup to take my “Are you a Hoplophobe?” quiz in this space Monday.)
Ah, but not everyone is getting a chuckle out of the sales gimmick. Ralph Fascitelli, president of Washington CeaseFire, doesn’t think it’s such a hot idea. He told a reporter for KOMO, Seattle’s ABC affiliate, “We just don’t need more guns on the street. The fact of the matter is, when you have more guns, you’re going to have more gun violence.”
It’s the same rhetoric gun prohibitionists have been using for years, and it does not pass the smell test. For years, gun-related violent crime has been in decline, along with fatal firearms accidents, yet during that same period, American gun ownership has climbed, millions of citizens have armed themselves under relatively recent concealed carry statutes, and interest in firearms ownership is expanding nationwide.

Gun owners are packing heat in record numbers, fearful of stricter gun control under the Obama administration and higher crime in a sour economy.-- USA Today

Fascitelli is the guy who wrote in the Seattle Times more than three years ago – apparently trying to appear magnanimous – that he would be willing to sit down with gun rights leaders to find solutions to “gun violence.” It was in that piece that he pompously stated, “We'll put in writing the right of law-abiding citizens to own handguns and nonmilitary hunting rifles, providing we work together to save lives” as if he had the authority to negotiate civil rights to the citizens of Washington State. Maybe they do that in the Northeast, from whence Fascitelli hails, but he’s on the wrong side of the Mississippi River to be making that kind of offer.
Of course, he ignored the fact that Evergreen State citizens already had that and more, thanks to our state constitution, demonstrating unintentionally that when gun owners have been asked to sit down and “negotiate,” it is invariably to give something up rather than gain anything.
High-profile incidents, as occurred at a Pittsburgh, PA fitness club Tuesday evening remain the exception rather than the norm, despite all dire predictions to the contrary. Yet the fallout from such abominations is that all gun owners are smeared with the same broad brush, and ultimately it is they who are expected to bear responsibility through the imposition of new, stiffer regulations.
Question: What ever happened to the concept of holding an individual responsible for his or her bad deeds, and just leaving the rest of us alone?
The Harley-Davidson “gun with a motorcycle” sales effort is clever even though it has been used before, by savings banks and car dealers. It has certainly gotten publicity for both the Harley dealer and Wade’s gun shop. Good for them.

For something more far less tongue-in-cheek, check out the Firearms Freedom Act here.
Also, get involved in the electoral process and more by visiting GunVoter.org, a website devoted to gun rights activism on the political level.

08-05-2009, 10:18 PM
Hmm, I shot this off to my son who is an independent Harley mechanic and brew master at the biggest micro-brewery in the area.

He's a pretty hard rider. He is a patch-holder and rides with the Ressurection M.C. Pretty tough guys but not criminal. I rode with them on 6-12-09 when we were in the area for his daughter's high school graduation in Everett. Great fun, and very good riders. Pretty hard drinkers too.