While speaking to Mom's Rising members in the Legislative Building today, Gov. Jay Inslee called on the Legislature and Congress to pass common sense gun-safety legislation this year. His comments follow another massacre at a high school – this time in Parkland, Florida.
"In the face of this gun violence, it is time for us to say that prayers and condolences are not enough,” Inslee said. “Our state, and our nation need action against gun violence, and we need it this year. We cannot fall prey to the NRA, who are allowing inaction to expose these beautiful children to violence in our schools, or in their neighborhoods.
"We cannot allow the NRA to say that there is a false choice between improving mental health care and keeping guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. We need to do both.”
On the day of the Florida shooting, Inslee issued a statement demanding that lawmakers do more than grieve.
In recent years, voters throughout Washington state have overwhelmingly approved two firearm safety measures to expand background checks and empower families with loved ones in crisis to seek protection orders. Inslee also issued an executive order in 2014 to launch a public-health driven approach to reducing firearm-related injuries and deaths, including suicides.