However we know from public experience, that he does not, in practice, support the right of others to do so.
The Second Amendment was one of many casualties of Kirby’s stewardship of the 2012 Washington State Republican Convention and Caucus process.
Mr. Wilbur, in every possible way, treated that process as though its sole purpose was to anoint the candidacy of Mitt Romney and Rob McKenna by any means necessary.
Heidi Crawford is a Republican activist, formerly of Kitsap County and a former member of Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club ( www.gunsafety.org ) who is not only an accomplished marksman and veteran of USPSA matches, but a known public defender against Kitsap County’s unlawful suit against the club’s Second Amendment Rights. Heidi was elected a 2012 State Convention Alternate Delegate in Snohomish County.
But Heidi had made a big procedural error back on March 3, 2012.
When she signed into her Republican Precinct Caucus, Heidi made the mistake of writing “Ron Paul” under Presidential Preference.
When she tried to register as an Alternate at the State Convention she was flatly denied, while Romney Delegates in similar circumstances were admitted. When she demanded to know the grounds for the denial, not only was she refused an explanation, she was accused by Kirby Wilbur subordinate Alessandra Durham of being disruptive. (“Disruptive” is the GOP Left term for anyone who calls for Republican leaders to obey their actual rules.)
To avoid further conflict, Heidi paid [an extraordinarily high fee] to register as a guest.
Heidi had no way of knowing that she had been targeted.
Inside the convention, Lori Sotelo–who like Kirby is a State Party operative granted Kirby’s exemption from the rules–was observed and photographed, inside the guest area, pointing out paid guests to a staffer who made notes of her targets. We now know from police records obtained by Public Records requests that Ross Marzolf, longtime Sotelo operative and subordinate, had been named Convention Czar by Kirby and that Ross, under the direction of Wilbur and Sotelo, took it upon himself to order the ejection by police of people not convenient to the Wilbur-Sotelo (read: Romney and McKenna) agenda .
Heidi was on her way to the escalators outside the convention hall when she was approached by a Tacoma police officer and asked to step into a private conference room so he could “talk to her.” She deferred.
In a matter of moments it was revealed that a secret informant had alleged that she was carrying a weapon. Police refused to disclose her “accuser.” She refused to answer whether or not she had a weapon. They were insistent. According to witnesses, Tacoma police made it clear that Heidi had to submit, leave the Convention Center or face arrest and that she could return if she was unarmed. [Ed. note: Who and by what means, would determine whether Heidi was unarmed was left to the imagination but the implications were clear.]
Heidi was forced to leave the convention. Heidi might be willing to be arrested for her principles but June 1, 2013 in Tacoma “was not that day.”
We also know from private channels, that at least one female delegate was openly carrying (lawful in Washington state) a firearm on the convention floor without harassment. And that at least dozens, if not hundreds of those who remained on the convention premises, were carrying concealed firearms–just like Kirby.
But Heidi was the target of the day. She was never refunded her guest admission.
So while the chairman of the Party, fully armed and reveling in his “rights,” stood on the podium breaking Republican rules and pontificating, his subordinates were executing the prerogatives of the police state.
Heidi had become what the Soviets call a “nonperson.”