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WA – GUN POLITICS – Four Seattle liberals on why they own guns and who they’re voting for in the primary

Guns are on voting minds. According to a Gallup Poll conducted last December, about 30% of Americans list guns among five issues as being “extremely important” when it comes to their vote for president. Because of the high importance placed on gun laws, KUOW explored a different kind of gun owner seldom covered by news outlets: the liberal Seattle gun lover. We spoke with four local, left-leaning gun owners and asked for their thoughts on guns and how their beliefs will influence their vote. Duke Aaron, 49, was first exposed to firearms as a child. He saw the damage weapons could do, growing up in a high crime Brockton, Massachusetts neighborhood with his mother. But he also spent time with his father shooting in the woods in rural Massachusetts. Aaron became more involved in tactical shooting as an adult for a few different reasons, he said — one being the swastikas and white power graffiti that was popping up in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, where he lived. The number of hate crimes reported in Seattle increased to 234 incidents in 2017 from 118 incidents in 2016, according to data collected by the FBI. The most recent data shows that in 2018, there were 291 hate crimes reported. In response to this, Aaron, a Jewish Buddhist, decided to form the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club — “an anti-fascist, anti-racist, pro-worker, community defense organization committed to accountable, community-led defense in the Puget Sound,” according to the organization’s website. You may have noticed the group, armed and protecting members of the LGBTQ community during parades and attendees at other events against alt-right groups that show up.  [full article]

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