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The Wenatchee World: Yes on I-594

October 20, 2014

In an editorial endorsing Initiative 594, the Wenatchee World writes:

Background checks are a sensible precaution when selling firearms. They are no cure for gun violence and mayhem, and no threat to the rights of legitimate gun owners, but it is possible they might keep some guns out of unwanted hands, namely away from convicted criminals and people with a certified mental illness.

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Closing the so-called gun show loophole will make us safer, to some degree. That’s what Initiative 594 attempts, and if that is the case it deserves a yes vote.

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To complicate matters voters will have to deal with Initiative 591, a diversion placed on the ballot by gun rights groups hoping to void I-594 or so legally scramble the situation that it will be impossible to sort out.

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Vote no on I-591. Vote yes on I-594.

Read the full editorial here.

Seattle P-I: Faith march: “We are leading the nation” on curbing gun violence

October 20, 2014

Joel Connelly writes in the Seattle P-I:

Hundreds of Seattle-area faith activists returned to Temple de Hirsch Sinai on Sunday, where religious leaders launched the city’s movement to curb gun violence a week after the December, 2012, assassination of 20 first graders at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Out of the movement came Initiative 594, the measure on Washington’s November ballot that would close the “gun show loophole” by requiring criminal background checks for those purchasing firearms at gun shows and on the Internet.

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By winning in a Western state, the I-594 campaign wants to sow hope in the nation’s gun safety movement — a movement largely stymied by the National Rifle Association and a gun lobby that strikes fear into the hearts of politicians.

Read the full article and view photos of the march here.

The Bellingham Herald: I-594 would help reduce domestic gun violence

October 20, 2014

In a guest column, Trese Todd writes:

As a domestic violence survivor, community volunteer and an activist working for over 10 years to promote violence-prevention efforts and victim support services, I’m all too aware of how a gun in the hands of a domestic abuser dramatically increases the risk of fatality.

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Here in Washington, we have a real chance to help reduce these terrible cases by voting “yes” on Initiative 594, the common-sense initiative to close the background check loophole that allows domestic abusers and other dangerous people to evade a background check and obtain guns with no questions asked.

Read the full column here.

The Columbian: In Our View: Background Checks? Yes

October 15, 2014

The Columbian writes:

Washington voters in next month’s election will consider competing, incompatible gun-control measures that undoubtedly will lead to confusion. We’ll try to keep it simple: Vote “yes” on Initiative 594; vote “no” on I-591.

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I-594 would represent only an incremental change in the state’s gun-control laws, and only incremental improvement in public safety; extending background checks would not prevent the bad guys from obtaining guns through black-market sales. I-594 is not a solution to gun violence, but it is a reasonable step in the right direction.

Read the full editorial here.

The Olympian: Save lives: vote yes on I-594, no on I-591

October 14, 2014

The Olympian writes:

There’s no need to be confused by the competing gun initiatives on this fall’s ballot. Initiative 594 is a simple and straight-forward measure to extend the state’s current requirement for criminal background checks to all gun sales.

Initiative 594 will save lives and reduce gun violence.

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The other ballot measure, I-591, is a shameless stalking horse. It’s an initiative that hides the gun industry’s true intention: kill any effort to extend the requirement for background checks by confusing voters.

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Stand up and shout yes on I-594, and an emphatic no on I-591.

Read the full editorial here.


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