Gun violence is a public health emergency. With the federal government turning away from gun responsibility and too many bills meeting partisan roadblocks in Olympia, cities and counties can and must step up to do what is possible to reduce the impacts and frequency of gun violence. This includes direct actions like keeping statistics on gun crimes, tracing weapons used in crimes, and removing guns from our streets. It includes stronger education programs in our schools and community centers, and working with other cities and jurisdictions to unify a regional approach.
As a city, we need to do more to address the critical need at the intersection of gun violence, mental health, and domestic violence. Domestic violence assaults involving a firearm are 12 times likelier to result in death. We can do more with our police to train and provide mental health counselors and other support, we can do more in our criminal justice system to make sure our courts are responsive to and supportive of victims of gun violence, and we can do more to protect children and domestic violence victims so that when they call the police their needs will be met and not end in tragedy.
As mayor, I will also use the bully pulpit to demand action at the state level--from challenging pre-emption laws to providing new tools for law enforcement and communities, like safe storage and other legislation that is slowly making progress in Olympia. Seattle should have the freedom to be a laboratory for testing new technologies and approaches to reducing gun violence.
I will lead Seattle to set an example for other cities and use my role as Mayor to help revitalize a national movement for city-based action to reduce gun violence. Cities can lead the way on gun safety the same way that they are leading the way on climate change. I am the candidate committed to that goal.