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‘Moms’ gather signatures on Mercer Island for gun control initiative

Islander and Washington state Senator Steve Litzow, signs a petition for Initiative I-594 in Mercerdale Park on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at an event sponsored by the Island-based ‘Moms Demand Action.’ The initiative would require background checks on all gun sales with few exceptions. Litzow was joined from left; Susan Morrison, Cornelia Schneider, Babits Murphy, Eileen Bennhoff, Bea Rizza, Linda Stoulil and Margo Wiblitzhouser. - Dave McFatridge/Contributed Photo
Islander and Washington state Senator Steve Litzow, signs a petition for Initiative I-594 in Mercerdale Park on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at an event sponsored by the Island-based ‘Moms Demand Action.’ The initiative would require background checks on all gun sales with few exceptions. Litzow was joined from left; Susan Morrison, Cornelia Schneider, Babits Murphy, Eileen Bennhoff, Bea Rizza, Linda Stoulil and Margo Wiblitzhouser.
— image credit: Dave McFatridge/Contributed Photo

On Aug. 6, the Island-based group, ‘Moms Demand Action,’  held a rally and gathered 122 signatures in two hours at Mercerdale Park for Initiative 594.

The group, who received a permit to gather at the park, also handed out petitions to others to gather signatures elsewhere.

According to Cornelia Swenson of the group, they have already received six of those back with another 120 signatures. .

“Something that made me most proud,” Swenson said, “were the number of immigrants and newly-minted American citizens who came to sign the petitions. “

“They read about it in the newspaper and these new Washington State registered voters were not going to miss this opportunity to influence our legislators,” she said. “They took the matter very seriously. Signing this citizen's initiative was an honor that they did not take for granted.”

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