Talk to legislators about importance of gun violence prevention bills now | Letter

Like many, I am devastated by the news of yet another gun violence tragedy in our country. I hope to never experience the pain and grief that the parents who lost their children in the Parkland massacre must feel.

This letter is to express my deep concern to the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Superintendent, school administrators, and members of the school board. As a parent in the Snoqualmie Valley School District, I’m afraid that my kids aren’t safe at school. I want to know what you are doing on a tactical, day-to-day level to protect them.

As a citizen, voter, and taxpayer, I also want to know what you are doing to influence our state legislators. There are two gun violence prevention bills moving through the legislature. One, SB 5992, bans ban bump stocks. The other permits voluntary waivers of gun rights (SB 5553). Are you lobbying our lawmakers to pass these bills? (Unfortunately, it’s too late for the bill to ban firearms in childcare centers. It died in committee earlier this session.)

As a community member, I ask parents, grandparents and anyone who cares about our Valley’s youth to voice your concerns about gun violence. I ask that you reach out to our State House Representatives – Paul Graves and Jay Rodne – for their support of SBs 5992 and 5553 (both of these important bills have already passed in the Senate).

Enough is enough. It’s time for parents, educators and legislators to get to work to keep our kids safe.

Gretchen Richter

Fall City

More in Letters to the Editor

In defense of Petzold and critical thinking | Letter

I was born in 1947, and yes, my generation has failed the… Continue reading

Global warming is the greatest moral crisis of our time | Letter

What do “freedom” and “patriotism” really mean? In an effort to convince… Continue reading

Newspaper delivery method just isn’t delivering | Letter

I love reading the Valley Record for its local news but I… Continue reading

Don’t blame the Republicans for wanting to protect America | Letter

I shudder when I read about the fear tactics that blame mass… Continue reading

Open letter to Rodne: Correct your voting mistake on public records act | Letter

To Rep. Jay Rodne: I am thoroughly disgusted by your actions on… Continue reading

Tell legislators to eliminate roadblocks to gun law reform | Letter

Another mass school shooting breaks our hearts. Yet Congress refuses to legislate… Continue reading

American Lung Association applauds Larson’s opposition to repeal of Clean Power Plan | Letter

The American Lung Association applauds Snoqualmie Mayor Matthew R. Larson for standing… Continue reading

School shooting inspires a new take on Niemöller’s ‘First they came’ | Letter

First they shot up Columbine High School. But I didn’t say anything because I didn’t live there, and I love my gun.

Hope springs from Florida school shooting, in youth movement | Letter

There is a sliver of hope amidst the utter gloom of the… Continue reading

If our leaders won’t change gun laws, it’s time to change our leaders| Letter

I couldn’t sleep last Wednesday. I tossed and turned, the images of… Continue reading