Seattle Looking for 'Gun Control Advocate'?

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - The City of Seattle is running a help-wanted ad for a "Crime Gun Program Coordinator," who will "develop, maintain and coordinate a centralized and regionally comprehensive crime gun database" and "integrate" that data with other law enforcement databases.

The person hired for the job also will "assist in the development of local and regional strategies to stop illegal gun trafficking and related gun violence."

A Second Amendment group says don't be fooled -- the person hired for the job will be the Seattle Police Department's "official gun control advocate," and as such, he or she will be expected to "create and advocate gun control schemes under the guise of stopping criminal misuse of firearms."

The Seattle Police Department's "Crime Gun Program Coordinator" will be paid between $61,366 and $92,060 -- a waste of taxpayer money, said the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA).

CCRKBA also objected to the term "crime gun," calling it an inflammatory term intended to demonize any and all firearms, including those that are stolen in burglaries but are never actually used in crimes.

"Look closely at the job description and it is obvious what this taxpayer-funded position is really all about," said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron.

"Much of what this so-called crime gun coordinator will do is help the Office for Intergovernmental Relations develop 'gun legislation.' It's already against the law in Washington State to assault, rob or murder someone with a firearm, or to have a gun if you are a convicted felon, or if you are under indictment, subject to a domestic violence restraining order, a former mental patient, drug or alcohol abuser.

"Short of proposing new laws designed solely to impair the gun rights of law-abiding citizens, or chip away at state preemption, or erode Washington's concealed carry statute, just what kind of law would this coordinator be proposing?" Waldron asked.

"If the Seattle Police want to spend up to $92,000 on a crime gun specialist," Waldron said," that person's first order of business should be to go out and recover the handgun that was stolen from Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske's car more than a year ago.

"Other than that, I can't think of a single useful thing this job will accomplish."

As Cybercast News Service previously reported, the Seattle police chief's personal sidearm, described as a 9mm Glock Model 26, was stolen from his car, parked on a downtown Seattle street on Dec. 26, 2005 - on a Sunday, when the chief was off-duty.

See Earlier Story:
Police Chief's Gun Stolen From Parked Car (5 Jan. 2005)

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