Time to vote out opponents of gun safety legislation

Do we value the NRA over children? State Sens. Mark Schoesler, Mike Padden, Phil Fortunato, and Doug Ericksen voted against a bump-stock ban in that state. SB 5299 passed 29 to 20 and now will get a hearing in the House.

Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat in his Jan. 26 column, quoted three:

“Clearly this is the first gun seizure in the state of Washington,” Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, told the Senate.

“I can shoot five rounds a second with my Glock, and faster than that with my Sig. I can do that manually,” Sen. Phil Fortunato.

“Do you really think the crazy, psycho person who sits in a hotel room with a gun is gonna say, ‘Oh, it’s against the law in Washington state, so now I’m not going to do my crime?’” Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, told the Senate.

Gun violence will only change if we vote them out.

Cathy Ferbrache

Bothell

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