Mercer Island Reporter


'Moms' talk gun sense to legislators

January 21, 2014 · Updated 2:56 PM

State Rep. Tana Senn, left foreground, speaks on behalf of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The group, which includes several Islanders, came to talk to lawmakers on the first day of the legislative session. / Contributed Photo

“When the First Lady of Washington comes to your event, asks you to speak and then thanks you for your work, you know it’s going to be a great day,” said Islander Cornelia Swenson.

Nearly 150 members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense rallied from different regions of Washington state to visit the Capitol in Olympia on Jan. 17 for a day of legislative advocacy in support of I-594 (mandatory background checks for all gun purchases in Washington State).

Along with Swenson, Islanders Eileen Bennhoff, Kathy Finn, Cy Baumgartner, and Janet Kranz travelled to the event.  They met with many legislators, along with the new state Representative for the 41st District, Tana Senn, who also agreed to speak at a morning rally on the steps of the Capitol building.

A total of 61 meetings were held with state legislators.

“The ‘Moms’ showed that they are nothing if not organized and determined in their efforts,” Swenson said.

A surprising detail emerged during the visit, she added. “It seems that all of the small ‘Moms Demand Action’ protest signs must be left outside.  Loaded guns on the other hand, may be carried in at any time without interruption,” she said.

“It is hard to understand why a loaded gun is permitted and a cardboard sign is not, but perhaps the Second Amendment trumps the First,” she continued.

The House Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing regarding I-594 as well as I-591 on Jan. 28.

For more information go to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility at http://action.wagunresponsibility.org/page/s/hearing-rsvp.


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