Thanks for taking a moment to read this post. I am writing to ask you to help pass sensible gun responsibility laws which our city leaders, and the majority of voters polled, support.
After the violence in Tucson, Café Racer, the Seattle Jewish Federation and the many shootings in our own neighborhoods, I have been sickened. I have written in my blog several times about steps we can take to address gun violence in our city. There has been lots of talk, but to date sadly little effective action taken.
After the Sandy Hook massacre where innocent first graders and teachers were gunned down, I could no longer tolerate inaction. A number of us established a statewide group called Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. You may have read about us this past weekend in the Seattle Times.
Leaders from our public health, public safety, our clergy, our environmental groups, our families have joined together to tell our Legislature that we want sensible gun responsibility laws in this state. These are first steps to keep all of us safer without treading on Second Amendment rights. We’re focusing first on the need for universal background checks.
I would like to invite you to join us. It’s easy to take action. Sign the petition here.
Traditionally, opponents of gun responsibility have dominated the debate and airwaves; but for the first time in decades the wind is in our sails. People all across our state and nation are asking for reasoned action. I invite you to take a step to keep you and your family safe.
The most effective thing we can jointly do now is to show our elected leaders in Olympia that there are more of us than they’ve heard from before.
The deadline for action in the House is March 13. We have less than two weeks to show the House the breadth and depth of this coalition of concerned citizens and organizations. That requires you and your friends to say YES to reasonable legislation.
Please let your voice be heard by signing the petition here.
If you want to know more, check the website. The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility is coordinating with many local networks and national organizations including the Brady Campaign and with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ effort called Americans for Responsible Solutions. I want to coordinate with you, too.