State lawmakers need to get to work on gun legislation

I attended the March for Our Lives rally March 24 in Everett. It was inspiring to see that more than 1,000 people came to protest gun violence in our schools.

Especially poignant were speeches by survivors of the Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting and a harrowing account by a parent of one of the young people shot in Mukilteo by a teen who was able to purchase an AR-15 at Cabela’s on the day of the shooting.

Though the speeches were mostly reserved for students, parents and victims, several local politicians attended and gave short speeches. State Reps. John Lovick, Mike Sells and John McCoy spoke, but made conspicuous by their absence were Rep. Mark Harmsworth and Sen. Steve Hobbs. Our legislators need to stand up to the NRA and work hard to pass comprehensive gun control legislation that keeps weapons like the AR-15 out of the hands of young children.

I do not believe that the Second Amendment was written with the idea that kids should be free to shoot up schools and kill children. The time to deal with this is right now!

Howard Lazzarini


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