Friday, February 22, 2013

Gun legislation in Washington State: let's speak up!

I read a couple of days ago in the Seattle Times that a gun-rights group is currently negotiating with lawmakers on background checks in Washington State. While the article gave me some measure of hope that we are indeed moving forward on the issue of curbing gun violence, it also brought in stark relief the necessity for all of us Washingtonians to act now. Twenty kids were killed in a hail of gunfire in Newtown, CT, on December 14, including our grandson Noah. If it happened in peaceful Newtown, it can happen anywhere and we must do everything we can to try and prevent such tragedies from occurring again.
Our kids have the right to stay alive! No right is more fundamental than this one. Universal background checks may not be the full answer, but if they help save even one single life, if they spare one single family the terrible pain of losing a child to gun violence, they are worth implementing.
Our kids trust us to have their backs. What we can do, as constituents, is encourage our senators to stand up to their caucus. The legislators who need to hear from us are:
  • Sen. Andy Hill (45th Legislative District)- Kirkland/Woodinville,
  • Sen. Rodney Tom (48th District, Clyde Hill/Medina/Bellevue), and
  • Sen. Steve Litzow (41st District), Mercer Island/Newcastle.
If you live in any of these districts, please call the universal 800 number and leave a short message for your senator. The operator will get it to him. The number to call is 1-800-562-6000. (If you don't live in any of these districts but know people who do, you can still make a difference by encouraging them to call.)
In this message you will need to say:
  • Who you are and where you live
  • That you support common sense gun legislation
  • That you are glad the Senator signed on to sponsor the universal background check bill
  • That you are counting on him to remain steadfast and stand up to his critics.
We also need to call and encourage Rep. Mike Hope (44th Dist.) who is getting lambasted by the NRA. His office number is 360-786-7892. He needs to hear we are behind him.

Vice-President Biden said yesterday: "There is a moral price to pay for inaction." That is certainly true at the national or State level. But at the family level, believe me, the price is first and foremost exacted in blood and tears. I, for one, hope never to see a murdered child's name on a memorial poster again... I am sure you don't either.
Your kids and ours and everyone else's must be put first. They deserve a vote. Let's pick up our phones to make sure they get it.

27 comments:

  1. Thank you for taking a stand. Thank you for speaking out.

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  2. Thank you, Farine...

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  3. Thank you for sharing this info!!!

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  4. Thank you for the update, MC. Everyone needs to stay on top of this vital issue and remind their legislators to do the responsible thing, it is the moral thing to do. We must all do what we can, for the children, for sweet Noah. I appreciate the information on Washington State. Always in our hearts and prayers.

    Eileen

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  5. Thank you MC. We ALL need to take a stand. We owe it to our children.

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  6. This morning my little girl asked me how old I was. I told her 42. She then said, “Wow, you will be 50 soon.” I said that I hope to turn 50 someday. She then said, “Everyone gets to be 50.” I told her that I wished everyone got to be 50 but little Noah was only 6. She said, “Without guns everyone would get to be 50.” I just love how children see things so simply. Thank you for all that you are doing to make this country safer for our children. You are amazing.

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  7. Why does this picture only have 19 teddy bears? There were 20 kids.

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    1. No conspiracy. I suspect one is covered in the lower right - Allison Wyatt RIP.

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    2. One bear is hidden by the flower in front of it.

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    3. I wasn't thinking conspiracy. I just thought the family of the missing child would be upset. Now that I look closer, I can see this is a photo of a poster which has flowers in front of the poster.

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  8. MC, just wanted to say good night. It is all still heavy on my heart and on my mind. I am doing all I can from NC. Thinking and praying for everyone. With lots of LOVE...

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  9. Thank you MC for the update. We are with now and always.

    God Bless

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  10. Veronique on Australian TV right now. I'll try to post a link to the show when it's available.

    http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2013/s3695255.htm

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    1. Thanks Graham, I'll be watching for your link.

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  11. Below is a link to an interview with Veronique, maybe the same as Graham (above) mentions. She is a warrior mother, it is the essence of what mother means. Hopefully the world will take notice and we can do something about this soon.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-26/mother-of-sandy-hook-victim-speaks-out/4541508

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    1. Full version of the show is here. Foreign Correspondant 'Inside the NRA'

      http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2013/s3698809.htm

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    2. Thank you for providing the link to the interview that Veronique gave to the Australian television interviewer. She is an important advocate and voice for the gun control movement, and I am sorry that she was put in that position. The additional photos of Noah are, as usual, touching and her description of him, bittersweet. RIP Noah.xoxox

      Eileen

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  12. Veronique is beautiful. Noah is so proud of his Mommie, I'm sure.

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    1. I am sure he is proud of his whole family. #LoveForNoah

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    2. I'm sorry. I should have worded it a little better. But you know, I don't think that there is a bond in this world as strong as the one for mother and child. It requires no thought or planning. It happens even before birth. I know that everyone is hurting in immeasurable
      amounts, but I can't help but to believe it is hardest on Veronique. God created an amazing creature when he designed a mother, but we are never prepared or equipped to bury
      one of our children. With the utmost respect and love...

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  13. amazing bread recipes, unfortunately i cannot agree with this part of your site.

    cheers

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  14. This terrible tragedy, along with the shooting of Rochester NY firefighters on Christmas Eve by a convicted felon was a tipping point for me. I never believed myself to be political or have really strong opinions when it comes to gun legislation. I am from a hunting family. We always had hunting rifles in our house. It was normal to me to see them around the house, especially in the southern tier during hunting season in the fall. As a mother and teacher, I think it is so important for common sense gun legislation. I don't own a gun and I never care to ever see one ever again. I respect everyone's differences of opinions on this matter, but to me it is just "common sense" to put these measures into place to even save one life.

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    1. I also wanted to add that I saw Veronique's interview mentioned about. Yes, the NRA are a powerful group who probably can't be swayed in their opionion. But I feel it is important to let you know that a person like me, who didn't even give gun control a thought before believes the death of these prescious children are a tipping point and you have the support of people like me that have changed their minds and believe strongly in gun control legislation. I never want to read or see a report like the Newtown tragedy again as long as I live. I think about it everyday and feel such remorse for your families. Please know that you will have my support (I know I am only one person) through this trying time.

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    2. You are not just one person. There are more and more every single day and we will make a difference. We are not going away.

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  15. Well done Farine, bless you. I wish Noah and all the other lives could have been spared too.

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  16. Thank you Farine. I don't live in Washington State, but I thought you might like to hear that I've been calling my congressmen along with those on the NRA list daily. They even have me in their system now and read back my address... I've been to every rally, the NRA protests and the judiciary hearings. I won't stop. For your family, for mine and everyone else that just wants to wake up from this nightmare. I wish I could do more for you. Andrea

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  17. As a European I can say with great conviction it feels good knowing there are no guns around me. I have seen very few guns in my life and I sincerely hope it will stay way. Especially because we now know that carrying a gun, will make everybody–even the most sympathetic policeman–use this weapon more easily if available, than if it wasn't available. Every human being will do so, regardless of belief or understanding. I personally believe it's better to live without that option and, yes, I cannot grasp why this might be worth the fun.

    But nevertheless it is still people that kill–not the guns–even if their sole presence presents this terrible option. It is still people and we better ask our selfs what did we do to those bitter fools and make them feel in such a horrifying way, that urged them to commit the worst kind of crime? What did we do, that makes them feel such enormous hatred at their fellow people? The answers make me tremble and I feel shame.

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