I watched the hearing on the internet after I got home from work yesterdayand want to publicly acknowledge and thank Pam Roach for her efforts. I did send her an email thanking her. It always seems to be a tragic event that spurs this type of "knee Jerk reaction".
Thank You to all the people who traveled to Olympia to show support, I could not be there but am thankful to all who made the trip.
While the death of Aaron Sullivan and the Seattle Police officers is tragic and should not be diminished, they were not killed with the type of weapons outlined in this bill, and the type of weapon that killed Aaron Sullivan is not known but is described in court documents as "an assault-style weapon" . The removal of these "assault weapons" from commerce assures only one thing, criminals will be the only ones with them. When you outlaw guns only the outlaws will have them.
This bill appears to be taking advantage of a series of tragic events and skewed polling to further unnecessary legislation. The data submitted by all respondents can be interpreted differently depending on how you look at it. The Police Chief gave only the details of the FBI data that support her "personal position", yet there is data in the same reports that support the other side as well.
I would submit that if as much effort in legislating "common sense" gun laws was put toward "common sense" punishments we would not have as many gun crimes. Simply put, if the punishment for crime fit the crime we would have less crime.
I believe the showing in Olympia today reflects the general public opinion and will also be reflected in upcoming elections.