Posted February 18, 2019 9:00 pm by Comments

By Tom Knighton

When people talk about the 51st state, they’re usually pondering somewhere like Puerto Rico or Guam becoming full states. After all, that’s always been where we were most likely to see a 51st state come from, right?

Maybe not.

You see, there’s a growing push to create a 51st state by carving Washington state into two separate entities, and it’s motivated in part by gun control legislation such as I-1639.

Striding back and forth across the marbled Rotunda with the flag of the proposed state of Liberty behind him, Rep. Matt Shea drew a connection between supporting gun rights and splitting Washington at the crest of the Cascade Mountains.

Despite all the talk he’s heard about “One Washington” around the Capitol, Eastern Washington and liberal downtown Seattle are very different, the Spokane Valley Republican said. Residents of the latter might support more government regulations, higher taxes and gun control; residents of the former don’t, he said.

About 50 people gathered in chairs and on the steps around him cheered and clapped.

“We’re not going to live in a state that takes away our firearms,” he said, to more cheers. “The only solution left is a 51st state.”

To those in Western Washington who point …Read the Rest

Source:: Bearing Arms

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