Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics, Public Planning

More senseless gun violence claims the lives of two young employees of Zumiez

Tragedies like these have seem to have become a week­ly occur­rence. We are so desen­si­tized to vio­lence now that we are not as shocked as we all should be when more lives are end­ed by sense­less gun vio­lence: As throngs of patrons strolled and browsed at the Mall in Colum­bia on a gray, cold Saturday, […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

King County Medic One renewal levy passing overwhelmingly with 80%+ in favor

King Coun­ty vot­ers have giv­en a big thumbs up to Medic One, approv­ing a levy that renews fund­ing for emer­gency med­ical response ser­vices for sev­er­al more years and ensur­ing that King Coun­ty remains the best place in the world to be in the very unfor­tu­nate event of a heart attack (or car­diac arrest, to use […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics, Public Planning

The anatomy of a headline: Some stories on Federal Way tragedy imply it’s part of Seattle

Last night’s dead­ly ram­page in Fed­er­al Way — which result­ed in the deaths of five indi­vid­u­als at the Pinewood Vil­lage apart­ments com­plex just off Pacif­ic High­way South — has focused nation­al and inter­na­tion­al atten­tion on our region. Although the tragedy occurred in Fed­er­al Way and author­i­ties there are han­dling the inves­ti­ga­tion, sev­er­al nation­al and international […]

Posted inBreaking News, Civil Liberties, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics, Public Planning

U.S. Senate’s NRA caucus blocks legislation to require background checks on more gun sales

A bipar­ti­san pro­pos­al to require back­ground checks on the sale of firearms at gun shows and over the Inter­net has failed to advance in the Unit­ed States Sen­ate after being suc­cess­ful­ly fil­i­bus­tered by forty-one Repub­li­cans and four Democ­rats. By a vote of fifty-four to forty-six (with Sen­ate Major­i­ty Leader Har­ry Reid vot­ing nay so that […]

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NRA’s answer to Newtown tragedy: Put armed guards in every school in America

This morn­ing, the Nation­al Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion (NRA) and its zeal­ous leader, Wayne LaPierre, final­ly broke their silence over the slaugh­ter of twen­ty chil­dren and sev­en adults at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary in New­town, Con­necti­cut. At a press con­fer­ence in the Dis­trict of Colum­bia, not far from the White House, LaPierre said that imme­di­ate action need­ed to […]

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A modest proposal

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary school shoot­ings of Decem­ber 14th, many are call­ing for reform of gun con­trol laws, stronger gun con­trol laws, a re-intro­­duc­­tion of the assault weapons ban, and so forth. These are wor­thy con­ver­sa­tions that should be had. To them I would add anoth­er idea. On Sat­ur­day, author Mau­reen John­son tweet­ed: @maureenjohnson: […]

Posted inBreaking News, Civil Liberties, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Authorities release the names of those killed yesterday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary

Author­i­ties in Con­necti­cut have now released the names of the chil­dren and fac­ul­ty killed yes­ter­day morn­ing at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary in New­town, Con­necti­cut. The over­whelm­ing major­i­ty of those killed were very young chil­dren, only six years old, as has been report­ed. Three of the chil­dren were sev­en years old. The adults (all women) ranged in […]

Posted inBreaking News, Civil Liberties, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Activists, artists, elected leaders react to the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut

The slaugh­ter of more than two dozen chil­dren and adults at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary in New­town, Con­necti­cut is, with­out ques­tion, one of the most hor­rif­ic events we have gone through as a coun­try. No sur­prise, then, that it has become the chief top­ic of con­ver­sa­tion all over the coun­try.… in shops, offices, homes, and online. […]

Posted inBreaking News, Civil Liberties, Policy Topics, Public Planning

At least eighteen children and eight adults slaughtered at school in Connecticut

Dev­as­tat­ing, heart­break­ing, hor­ri­ble news out of New Eng­land this morn­ing: At least 27 peo­ple — includ­ing 18 chil­dren — were killed Fri­day morn­ing at a local ele­men­tary school, mark­ing the dead­liest shoot­ing ever in Con­necti­cut and one of the worst ever in the coun­try. The shoot­ing hap­pened at about 9:40 AM [6:40 AM Pacif­ic Time] […]

Posted inBreaking News, Civil Liberties, Policy Topics

Another mass shooting: Gunman reportedly kills six at Sikh temple near Milwaukee

Tragedy has struck again, this time near Wis­con­sin’s largest city: At least sev­en peo­ple were killed, includ­ing one shoot­er, just after 10 a.m. Sun­day at the Sikh Tem­ple in Oak Creek, police said. Four of the dead were inside the tem­ple at 7512 S. How­ell Ave. and three of the dead, includ­ing a shoot­er, were […]

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Latest tragedy in Seattle a sad reminder: Guns don’t kill people, people with guns kill people

Anoth­er late spring day has come and gone, and with it, the lives of more inno­cent Wash­ing­to­ni­ans have been blot­ted out, cru­el­ly cut short by gun­fire: A man who killed four peo­ple in a bloody shoot­ing spree at two Seat­tle loca­tions end­ed an intense man­hunt by turn­ing the gun on him­self as offi­cers closed in […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

Tim Eyman loses first round in lawsuit against the City of Redmond over traffic camera vote

A law­suit recent­ly filed by Tim Eyman against NPI’s home­town over the city’s deci­sion not to for­ward peti­tions seek­ing a vote on the issue of red light cam­eras was dis­missed today by King Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court Judge Lau­ra Inveen, who held that the mea­sure, “exceeds the law­ful scope of local ini­tia­tive pow­er.” The rul­ing means that […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Tim Eyman gloms onto another anti-red light camera measure — this time in Redmond

I’ve lost track of the num­ber of times I’ve been asked (usu­al­ly in con­ver­sa­tion) what moti­vat­ed me to cre­ate Per­ma­nent Defense more than nine years ago. Reg­u­lar read­ers are undoubt­ed­ly famil­iar with the sto­ry of PD’s found­ing, because I’ve told it or referred to it many times over the years. The cat­a­lyst, of course, was Tim […]