According to the “Good Government Leadership Council,” which sent me a campaign ad, Nathan Schlicher doesn’t deserve our votes because he “sponsor[ed] laws to restrict gun rights.”
Sen. Schlicher did co-sponsor some bills relating to firearms. That much is true. One, Senate Bill 5485, would have made it a crime to allow firearm access to children. SB 5710, also cited in the flier, would have made leaving a loaded gun in a location where a child is likely to find it fall under the crime of reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor.
A child in Sedro-Woolley recently died because an irresponsible adult did not secure his gun. In 2010 alone, 2,694 children and teens in the United States died from gun violence. That’s roughly equivalent to a Newtown massacre every three days.
As an ER doctor in Tacoma, Schlicher has seen the destruction gun violence has caused. Trying to prevent this sort of tragedy is a bad thing?
Keeping firearms away from children does not amount to saying “no” to the right to bear arms. It means saying “yes” to fewer tragic deaths. I applaud Schlicher’s efforts and regret that those bills were not even allowed to be heard, let alone come up for votes.