Organizers met with us at a church close to the Capitol where we were instructed on key issues, how to effectively talk with legislators, and then went with volunteers to the rally at the Capitol and to meetings with Senator Matt Klein, Representative Rick Hansen and Representative Regina Barr. For some of us, this was the first time we had ever lobbied, for others this was a repeat of asks regarding gun violence prevention legislation they had discussed in the past. Both Sen. Klein and Rep. Hansen were very supportive of the bills on background checks and red flag laws, as well as firearm data collection for research. Rep. Barr was reluctant to commit to supporting these bills and was more focused on better mental health supports, which we all agree would be a great idea, though might not have the immediate direct impact on the bigger issues regarding gun violence. We all appreciated our legislators taking the time to meet with us and discuss these important issues. It’s important that they hear from all of us!
You can join this effort by calling or emailing your representatives and insisting that they support:
1. Universal background checks on all gun sales, thus eliminating many loopholes
2. Red Flag laws that would allow access to guns to be removed temporarily from those that were deemed to be a danger to themselves or others, following due process procedures.
3. In addition support Firearm Data Collection for Research bill (Sen Matt Klein/Rep. Erin Murphy) which views preventing gun violence as a public health issue.
Here’s a brief part of our meeting with Senator Klein
Chants from “Moms” could be heard throughout the Capitol of “Not One More”, “Enough is Enough” and if no action is taken- “Vote Them Out”!
View playlist of videos from event below. (Individual videos can be selected in upper left corner) If you have additional videos, pictures or information you’d like to add to this post- contact us !