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The Seattle Times: Truth needle: Gun-rights ad misrepresents law enforcement

October 30, 2014

Joseph O’Sullivan of The Seattle Times reports:

A TV ad run by the Protect Our Gun Rights campaign in support of Initiative 591 touts its endorsement by the Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs (WACOPS) and scrolls the names of law-enforcement associations that are WACOPS members, implying that they endorse I-591.

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Jamie Daniels, executive director of WACOPS, told us that the organization had asked the Protect Our Gun Rights campaign to remove the scrolling list — back in August.

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So while it is true WACOPS endorsed I-591, both the organization and several of its member groups say their information has been used without permission. And several associations listed in the Protect Our Gun Rights TV ad say they did not endorse the initiative, despite what the ad implies.

Read the full Truth Needle here.

The Seattle Times: Mother of Sandy Hook victim joins I-594 push for new gun law

October 28, 2014

Joseph O’Sullivan of The Seattle Times writes:

Before they began calls Monday night urging people to vote for Initiative 594, the volunteers sitting around a folding table in a St. Mark’s Cathedral campus building took turns saying why they had come.

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After they finished, the dozen or so people applauded the woman standing at the head of the table: Nicole Hockley, mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the December 2012 Newtown, Conn., school shootings.

Hockley had come to speak to the volunteers working for I-594, the measure on the November ballot to expand the requirements for gun-purchase background checks to include private sales and transfers.

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The camaraderie and chaos of making calls at a crowded table creates a kinship among those who’ve lost someone to a shooting, or survived one themselves.

Read the full article here.

The New York Times: Once Again, Guns

October 25, 2014

Gail Collins of The New York Times writes:

Guns are a big issue in some of the hottest elections around the country this year, but there hasn’t been much national discussion about it.

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But now, as usual, we’re returning to the issue because of a terrible school shooting.

The latest — a high school freshman boy with a gun in the school’s cafeteria — occurred in the state of Washington, which also happens to be ground zero for the election-year gun debate. At least that’s the way the movement against gun violence sees it. There’s a voter initiative on the ballot that would require background checks for gun sales at gun shows or online.

Read the full column here.


Statement on Today’s Shooting Incident

October 24, 2014

We are heartbroken that gun violence has once again touched a Washington school. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, everyone at Marysville-Pilchuck High School and the Marysville community.

While the facts of today’s shooting are still unclear, we do know that incidents like these are examples of the gun violence that’s all too frequent in our state. It is up to all of us to come together and work to reduce gun violence.

The Kitsap Sun: Supporting I-594′s step toward safer communities

October 24, 2014

In an endorsement editorial, The Kitsap Sun writes:

[O]ur board believes that even a less-than-perfect initiative to keep guns out of the wrong hands will help, and that’s why we’re narrowly endorsing a “yes” vote on I-594.

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Everyone in our state should want to take steps forward to curb illegal or unregulated gun possession — even if you don’t believe the current measures are the solution — and I-591 would move our state back toward laws that aren’t of a standard Washingtonians expect. We recommend a “no” vote on I-591.

Read the full editorial here.

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