Know the Facts

In Washington state, nearly 6,000 people have been killed by guns in the past decade. That’s more than 10 times the number of firearms deaths in England in the same period, though that country has nearly eight times the population of our state. Only a small percentage of gun deaths are gang-related; over half are the result of suicide, and when there is a gun in the home, the risk of suicide increases dramatically. Guns are now a leading cause of death for young men 15-24.

Gun violence is preventable. Those states that have the most reasonable gun laws have far fewer gun deaths than those states that have the least restrictions. Washington State was given a very low score recently by a national organization for its lax gun regulations. We can and must do much better for the sake of ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.