Dave Workman

Dave Workman (Former Board Member)

Dave Workman - Former NRA Board Member
Senior Editor at Gun Week magazine and Director of Communications for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Workman, a resident of North Bend, Washington, served three terms on the NRA board of directors until 2002. He is the communications director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, a senior editor of Gun Week magazine, a senior editor at TheGunMag.com, and the “Seattle Gun Rights Examiner” at the examiner.com. Workman is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

Controversial Actions and Statements

Controversial Actions and Statements:

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Dave Workman (Former Board Member)

Vigilantism
2012/07/25

Dave Workman (Former Board Member)

In a May 31, 2012 interview with KUOW.org, Workman addressed a mass shooting that had occurred a day earlier in and around a Seattle café. The shooting was perpetrated by a severely mentally ill concealed handgun permit holder, Ian Stawicki, who killed five and wounded one. Prior to the shooting, Stawicki’s family had attempted to have his concealed handgun permit revoked by law enforcement, but was told there was nothing that could be done because of Washington’s “Shall Issue” law, which denies law enforcement any discretion in the permitting process. When asked what might have been done to prevent the tragedy, Workman replied, “I don't know that there's anything you can do in these situations. We can't treat [Stawicki] like a child. He's got his own life to live and he can make his own mistakes no matter how horrific those mistakes turn out to be."

2012/05/31

Dave Workman (Former Board Member)

Gay Rights | Race | Women’s Rights
2010/02/04

Dave Workman (Former Board Member)

In a November 25, 2009 article for Examiner.com, Workman discussed the killing of a young African American teenager in a confrontation with police officers in New York City. The youth, Dashawn Vasconcellos and two others were spotted leaving a city park in Queens at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday by four officers in an unmarked car. Vasconcellos ran and was pursued by three officers. He then turned and pointed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol at them, an NYPD spokesman stated. The mother of Derby Michel, one of the young men who accompanied Vascanellos, stated that Vascanellos carried the gun for self-defense. Workman wrote, “As one delves further into this shooting, one will see all of the telltale signs of an all-too-typical bad boy story from the ‘hood.’ He was ‘turning his life around.’ He was carrying the gun ‘for his own protection.’ Rubbish.”

Race
2009/10/25

Dave Workman (Former Board Member)

In an August 9, 2009 article for Examiner.com, Workman addressed renewed calls from the Violence Policy Center to restrict or repeal concealed carry weapon statutes in the wake of a shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Workman wrote, “Nowadays, about the only form of acceptable overt social bigotry is against gun owners … While they are loathe to admit it, there is really no difference between gun bigots and racial or religious bigots. One form of class hatred is no less divisive than another.”

Race | Religion
2009/08/09

Dave Workman (Former Board Member)

In a May 29, 2009 article for Examiner.com, Workman discussed gun violence prevention legislation in the wake of a shooting in Tacoma, Washington. He wrote, “First, you cannot rehabilitate wanton killers, so stop trying. Thugs at 16 who kill people do not deserve freedom ever again in their lives (and there should be some kind of special punishment for their parents).”

2009/05/29

Dave Workman (Former Board Member)

In an April 29, 2009 article for Examiner.com, Workman wrote about an editorial in the Times Union calling for a new gun permit system under which New York permit holders would have to re-apply every five years. Workman wrote, “Contrary to what the editorial suggests, gun owners are not being ‘asked’ to do something. This legislation would require them to re-apply for a permit every five years. That falsely gives the impression that gun owners would have a choice in the matter, sort of like Ted Bundy asking his victims if they minded being raped and murdered.”

2009/04/29

Dave Workman (Former Board Member)

In a March 4, 2009 article for Examiner.com, Workman wrote about a press release from the Violence Policy Center which warned law enforcement about the .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum revolver (which can penetrate police body armor). Workman stated, “Don’t sucker for the new campaign to demonize a class of guns. In a society that condemns racial or religious bigotry, anti-gunners should not get a pass by practicing social bigotry against firearms, and the people who own them. Consider the racist origins of gun control, one would think that new attempts to demonize specific firearms might be met with the same disgust we would feel about demonizing specific classes of people.” According to a Pew Research Center Poll, conducted in April 2009, an overwhelming majority of African Americans, 71%, said it was more important to control gun ownership than to protect the right to own guns.

Race | Religion
2009/03/04
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