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Tag Archives: Secure Firearms Ownership

*This* is what leadership looks like: New Zealand is banning military-grade guns

Excerpt: It's truly refreshing to see a country's leadership take swift and decisive action to improve gun safety laws in the aftermath of a horrific mass shooting.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Don’t expect right wing media to apologize for deceptively declaring I-1639 to be dead

Excerpt: Last week, right wing blogs and media outlets credited the NRA with a big victory when a judge blocked the Alliance for Gun Responsibility's I-1639 from the ballot. Now that the Supreme Court has reversed that judge's decision, though, no mea culpas appear to be forthcoming.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture
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Victory! Washington State House passes bill to ban bump fire stocks (trigger modifiers)

Excerpt: Legislation to ban bump stocks, also known as trigger modification devices, took another step towards landing on Governor Jay Inslee's desk today when the Washington State House voted decisively to pass ESB 5992.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Victory for gun responsibility! Washington State Senate passes bill banning bump stocks

Excerpt: The good news out of Olympia just keeps on coming! By a vote of twenty-nine to twenty, the Washington State Senate tonight voted to ban bump stocks, the now-infamous devices that were used in the horrific Las Vegas massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A Jinyoung Englund win would mean more inaction on gun violence in Washington State

Excerpt: The gun lobby knows that if Republican Jinyoung Englund wins, the NRA's accomplices stay in charge of the Senate, and will retain the power to kill off any gun safety bills they don't like. The gun lobby can overlook Englund's divergence from the party line. What ultimately matters to them is the majority, not what Englund tells Eastside voters in an effort to attract support for her candidacy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Attorney General Bob Ferguson proposes legislation to ban sale of assault weapons

Excerpt: Vowing to protect lives and strengthen the state’s many diverse communities, Washington’s chief legal officer announced today he will be proposing legislation to ban the sale of assault weaponry — in other words, guns designed for the sole purpose of killing large numbers of human beings. The agency request legislation, which already has the support […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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HAPPENING NOW: U.S. House Democrats stage sit-in on House floor over gun violence

Excerpt: Fed up with inaction in Congress on gun safety reform, Democratic members of the United States House of Representatives have decided to occupy the well of the House until Speaker Paul Ryan and his leadership team agree to hold a vote on legislation that would address the nation’s gun violence epidemic. The sit-in began with […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Live Coverage
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Senator Chris Murphy’s talking filibuster to stop gun violence enters its fourteenth hour

Excerpt: Early this morning, at 8:21 AM Pacific Time, Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut took to the Senate floor to call for action to address gun violence. But instead of merely giving a short speech and then yielding the floor, Murphy courageously began what has now turned into the eighth longest “talking filibuster” in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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How would WA Republicans like it if *these* bills needed a two-thirds vote to pass?

Excerpt: Anyone who has spent time attempting to understand the politics of the Washington State Republican Party knows that Republicans spend an awful lot of time listening to (and taking their cues from) militant, right wing initiative profiteer Tim Eyman, who has become obsessed lately with gutting Washington’s cherished tradition of majority rule and replacing it […]
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At least ten shot dead at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon; more injured

Excerpt: Gun violence has once again left dozens of people dead and wounded at a place of learning, this time right here in the great Pacific Northwest: An incident with an active shooter has taken place at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg that has left at least 10 people dead and more than 20 injured. According […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tragedy strikes again: One dead, several hurt in mass shooting at Seattle Pacific University

Excerpt: America’s deadly gun violence epidemic has once again visited Washington State. Today, at Seattle Pacific University, one young person was killed and several others were critically and seriously hurt by an unidentified gunman who walked into Otto Miller Hall and began shooting at students early in the afternoon. The gunman was tackled and subdued by […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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