State leads nation, can do more
I'm no stranger to gun violence. My mother was shot by her ex-husband in 2012. I cared for her in the year following her shooting. I feared her ex-husband would show up at my home with a gun and again hurt my mother, me and my children.
I recently testified alongside my mother and other survivors in support of HB 1840. The bill, which keeps guns out of the hands of domestic abusers who have a protection order filed against them, passed unanimously following 10 years of trying. It was amazing to see how the efforts of determined citizens made a difference that would save lives.
We can do it again. In November, Washington will decide on Initiative 594, which closes the loophole that allows guns to be bought without a background check. Legislators failed to pass this commonsense measure, so now it's up to us - the people - to make our voices heard.
No one should accept “inaction” on gun violence anymore. As a mom to young kids, I know we can't live like this. To make our state safer, I urge you to vote yes on 594 and continue Washington's steady progress forward.