On its face, Seattle’s new “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” is a leftist failure.
The self-proclaimed socialist commune covering six blocks of the city’s downtown is filthy and crime-ridden. There are food shortages and the area, established as a protest of supposed police violence, is patrolled by a vigilante police force that brutally assaults people for non-violent crimes like graffiti.
It’s also a virtual outdoor gun show, with many of the 20-something residents openly brandishing AR-15s, dubbed “assault rifles” by the media.
It’s something liberals hope no one notices, because it’s blowing apart a key tenet of the liberal agenda.
There are no gun laws in force. The “John Brown Gun Club,” an organization of leftists who back gun rights and condemn gun control as racist, flocked to Seattle to take part in the protests while armed with loaded rifles.
The Zone’s self-proclaimed enforcer, a rapper named Raz Simone, has been handing out loaded rifles to anyone who will take them, including young leftists who have no idea how to handle one.
While that’s one of the worst examples of responsible gun ownership, there’s also something else going on.
No gun crime.
After eight days of tense, angry residents openly carrying loaded rifles in downtown Seattle, there have been no murders or intentional shootings.
There have also been no accidental shootings, despite the fact many have no experience handling firearms. That may be a product of the John Brown Gun Club offering safety tips.
But it begs the question. If leftist revolutionaries committed to arson and rioting can openly carry firearms in downtown areas, with no shootings, then why are cities stripping that right from responsible gun owners?