Elected Officials, Survivors, Faith Leaders and Public Health Officials Announce New Public Engagement and Research Group to Develop Common-Sense Solutions to Gun Violence Center Will Raise Gun Responsibility Awareness, Conduct Research and Develop Public Policy
On Monday, state and county elected officials, faith leaders, public health experts and survivors gathered to launch the Center for Gun Responsibility at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. The Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a new public engagement and research group that will take a comprehensive approach to addressing gun violence. Its mission will be to identify and help implement the most effective projects, programs and policies that prevent gun violence and promote gun responsibility.
“There is a powerful and growing movement in Washington State for common-sense, consistent gun laws,” said Cheryl Stumbo, board secretary for the Center and a survivor of the Jewish Federation shooting. “After my own shooting eight years ago, I was fortunate to have the support and encouragement to speak out about my experience and the devastating impact it had on my life. The Center for Gun Responsibility represents a long-term commitment that lives beyond one initiative, one piece of legislation and will provide tools for people impacted by gun violence to advocate for safer communities.”
The Center for Gun Responsibility will provide a lasting, durable structure for collaborative efforts to address gun violence. The Center’s work will include raising public awareness,developing public policy and legislation at the state and local level, and innovative research to better understand the problem of gun violence. The Center will expand the capacity of the gun violence prevention movement in Washington State while also serving as a national model for taking on gun violence.
The Center has already launched a program of in-state regional summits with stakeholders and key leaders and will facilitate multi-state partnerships with other organizations working in this field. It will develop data models and work with public safety and health officials to inspire safer practices around guns.
Speakers at the launch of the event included Stumbo, Jewish Federation Board Chair Celie Brown, Reverend Sandy Brown of First United Methodist Church, State Senator Jamie Pedersen (LD-43), Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, Dr. David Fleming of Seattle-King County Public Health, Linda Parrish of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America, Margaret Heldring of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence and The Very Reverend Steve Thomason of St. Mark’s Cathedral.
“Death and injuries from gun violence are preventable,” said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County. “Gun violence is a public health problem and has public health solutions, just as we’ve done for other problems like tobacco use and motor vehicle crashes.”