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Statement from campaign manager Zach Silk

August 25, 2014

Today, the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility released the following statement from campaign manager Zach Silk regarding contributions made today to Initiative 594 by Bill and Melinda Gates and Nick Hanauer:


“For over a year, Washingtonians from every walk of life have been stepping up to close the loophole in our state’s background check law. Today’s contributions represent yet more support for this important policy measure that will reduce crime and save lives in our state,” said Zach Silk, campaign manager for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. “Nearly 350,000 people came together to put Initiative 594 on the ballot, and almost 7,500 supporters from nearly every county in the state have contributed to help ensure its passage in November. Their support, and that of prominent members of our community like Bill and Melinda Gates, Nick and Leslie Hanauer, Steve and Connie Ballmer, Paul Allen, and others, will make it possible for us to finally take action. We are grateful to everyone who is a part of this movement to reduce gun violence in Washington.”

The Seattle Times: Seattle Times recommendations for the November 2014 election

August 25, 2014

The Seattle Times reports:

I-594 provides a practical expansion of background checks on all gun sales — clarity and consistency to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. I-594 is no protective panacea against the kinds of public assaults Seattle has suffered in recent years. But it is a step forward. Vote yes on I-594.

I-591, is wholly inappropriate, unnecessary and potentially a reckless retreat. It’s hard to discern whether the mushy vague language of the brief initiative is a product of poor writing — or entirely the point. Vote no on I-591.

Read the whole article here.

Loaded dice

August 14, 2014

The Seattle Times: SPU shooter: Despite troubling history, law let him have guns

August 14, 2014

The Seattle Times reports:

After Aaron Ybarra’s deadly assault at Seattle Pacific University in June, some wondered why the suicidal, psychotic 27-year-old was allowed to have a gun in the first place.

After all, Ybarra possessed a well-documented history of mental illness: homicidal fantasies, emergency-room visits for alcohol poisoning, two brief involuntary commitments and a professed admiration for one of the Columbine High School mass murderers.

As far back as 2010, he drunkenly summoned Mountlake Terrace police to his family home, saying he “had a rage inside him” and wanted to hurt others and himself, officers reported. At the time, he had access to a significant arsenal there, including a semi-automatic SKS rifle and a 30-round AK-47 assault-style rifle, police records show.

Despite all of the above, Ybarra and the weapons were perfectly legal in Washington state.

Read the whole article here.

Great news to share

August 12, 2014

Which do you want first — the good news, or the bad?

Here’s the bad: One third of the voters who support universal background checks ALSO support the gun lobby’s ballot measure that would prevent Washington from having universal background checks.

Crazy, right?

Now, the good news: We know how to beat this. We know exactly what voters need to hear to clear up this confusion, and we are ready to have hundreds of thousands of conversations with voters all across the state. We just need the resources to fuel our campaign — and one of our supporters has agreed to match every grassroots donation between now and Au‌g‌ust 1‌5, up to $20,000.

Click here to chip in another $250.00 right now, and it’ll be worth DOUBLE!

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Top five contributors: Nicolas Hanauer, Melinda Gates, William Gates III, Paul Allen, Connie Ballmer