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Initiative i-594 is a Gun Ban

Initiative i-594 is a Gun Ban

BELLEVUE, WA – -( Since billionaire Bill Gates has not accepted a one-on-one debate challenge from Alan Gottlieb to reveal the myriad problems with Initiative 594, Gottlieb announced today that he will allow Gates to bring former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and make it a two-on-one discussion.

Both Gates and Bloomberg have each contributed over $1 million to the I-594 campaign. Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and spokesman for competing Initiative 591 , challenged Gates to debate the gun control measure last week, but received no response.

“In addition to bringing Bloomberg along,” Gottlieb said, “I’m willing to loan Gates my Apple iPhone, so if he doesn’t know the answer to a question, he can ask Siri for help.” Siri is a voice-activated “personal assistant and knowledge navigator” offered with Apple’s IOS-7.

“The public needs to know,” he added, “why Gates supports doubling the state waiting period to get a firearm for personal protection. They need to know why I-594 criminalizes the lawful practice of loaning firearms to friends for hunting or target practice. They need to know why I-594 would prevent loaning a handgun to your sister-in-law for self-defense. They need to know why the initiative would prevent a police officer from loaning a firearm to a fellow officer.

“Voters also need to know why no state law enforcement group has endorsed I-594, and why it is opposed by two major statewide police groups, the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, and the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association, which both endorse the rival Initiative 591 ,” he said. “These are questions the media need to ask so they can inform the public of what’s really in the 18-page gun control measure that Gates and Bloomberg support.”

Gottlieb also said that a Bloomberg appearance would give the Big Apple billionaire an opportunity to explain to Washington voters why he wants to bring New York-style gun control to the Pacific Northwest.

“He could explain why he defends a $340 permit fee and $90 background check fee on New York City residents just to keep a gun in their own homes,” Gottlieb noted. “He could also discuss his support for New York State’s gun law that bans and allows for the confiscation of many semiautomatic rifles, shotguns and handguns, and why he favors a law that only allows a person to keep seven rounds in a pistol at home for personal protection.

“If Gates is willing to debate, and if he can bring Bloomberg,” Gottlieb concluded, “we need to know soon, so we can book a larger venue, with room enough for their armies of bodyguards, and still allow room for the general public to attend.”

With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the Internet at or by email to

  • 7 User comments to “Bill Gates & Michael Bloomberg No Show on Debate Over Gun Control Initiative 594”

    1. ray hampton on September 4, 2014 at 2:13 PM said:

      I thought that Bill Gates were a smart man BUT IF HE FELL for this move by the anti-gun crowd then everyone that own a computer with Microsoft operation system need to switch to a MAC

    2. John Deer on September 4, 2014 at 6:10 PM said:

      they do not have to do anything like debate with mere peasants. They are the elite, just ask them. The voters od Washington should learn something from this.

    3. Bill Gates, and Michael Bloomberg, in no way have the guts to show up for this debate. They both want to hide behind words. These losers are not worth the time used on all of this. It would be a mute point if they did not have billions of dollars to spend taking away the freedoms of Americans.

    4. Mike the Limey on September 4, 2014 at 9:42 PM said:

      ray hampton on September 4, 2014 at 2:13 PM said:

      I thought that Bill Gates were a smart man BUT IF HE FELL for this move by the anti-gun crowd then everyone that own a computer with Microsoft operation system need to switch to a MAC
      They don’t even need to do that; just change to a Linux based OS.

      There’s something seriously wrong with a system where billionaires can buy votes & THAT is exactly what three billionaires are doing in Washington.

    5. I think there are two reasons they won’t show.
      1. They don’t really need to; the venue wouldn’t provide as large an audience as ads will.
      2. They wouldn’t be able to control the conversation, which is a major advantage of an ad campaign. With no one to talk back in a TV ad, they can say whatever they want.

    6. It looks like its time to let our money speak for us and not support these liberty destroying suckers. Time to buy the other guys products. We are making these scum buckets richer and they are using the money to destroy the liberties of the American people.

    7. Did any of you read this bill it changes little as far as illegal gun transactions but it does add a new 90$ tax to any one buying a gun to cover the background checks, so if you were buying a 400$ rifle you have the sales tax added to it + a 90$ fee, it does mention that the app be made in triplkit mostly it has a bunch of clarifications this thing is a waste of time they should thow it out and enforce what is on the books now

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