Gun control groups, politicians leap to issue statements on Seattle-area shooting

by Chris Eger  |  published on October 29, 2014

Within hours of the mass killing Friday at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington State, a number of gun control groups and lawmakers were quick to make statements calling for action including increased regulation.

Some of these national groups, such as Everytown for Gun Safety, have invested heavily to the tune of nearly $2 million into a ballot initiative in the state, I-594, to expand background checks to include almost all gun sales. Everytown was joined in its call to action by the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR), the direct sponsor of the measure. To those voices were added members of Congress from the other side of the country who called for a return of the federal assault weapon ban as well as increased background checks.

“We need to ban assault weapons … reauthorize a banning of assault weapons,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, on MSNBC’s The ED Show Friday as news was still breaking about the mass killing in Washington State. Maloney continued with a grocery list of gun control of ideas such as making it a felony to traffic guns, smart gun research, mandatory liability insurance for firearms, increased gun storage laws and others.

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