Senn Encourages Eastside Support for I-1491

Last week, I had the privilege of standing with other Eastside advocates to offer my strong support to Initiative 1491, which will allow the creation of Extreme Risk Protection Orders.

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We must continue to address gun violence in our state. It is not ok that more people died by guns last year – in malls, schools and homes - than died in automobile accidents. And shootings in 2016 are painfully adding up.

As a State Legislator, I know all too well that we could have done more to prevent gun-related deaths. This past legislative session, I proposed two responsible gun measures. Only one was even considered in committee, but neither made it to a floor vote. It is beyond frustrating to see policies that are life saving and critical to our communities left in limbo .  

It is the duty of every responsible elected official -- from the State House to the White House -- to ensure that our cities, neighborhoods & schools remain safe from the tragedies of gun violence.

I remain dedicated to this fight. That’s why I support Initiative 1491 providing families and law enforcement a tool to help intervene before a tragedy occurs.

I served on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle when, just over ten years ago, a man walked into their building and shot six women. I lost a precious friend that day. And for months…years afterwards…I watched five survivors heal the best they could.

What I learned firsthand is that the impacts of gun violence ripple out in untold ways. The bullets fired don’t just hurt the people shot.

  • Families are devastated.
  • Work is halted.
  • Courts and our health system are overburdened.
  • And anxiety and fear spread across the community.

As a legislator, I am continually pushing for policy that focuses on prevention, not treatment. There is no treatment for murder or completed suicide.

But there is a way to prevent gun violence right now, and that’s supporting Initiative 1491. You don’t need to feel helpless in preventing gun violence.

When ballots drop in the coming weeks, I urge everyone in Washington State to vote for Initiative 1491. This is a step you can, and I believe we must, take. 


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