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Hashtag solutions: Washington state student starts online campaign after Florida mass shooting

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This student attends Pacific Lutheran University, which has its own Department of Campus Safety that has security patrol officers on site every day of the year. That might be a novel concept for other schools.

From MyNorthwest.com: A Pacific Lutheran University freshman has started an online campaign to put pressure on lawmakers hoping they take action in the wake of another mass shooting.

“When I heard the news on Wednesday, I wasn’t as bothered as I usually am,” Gracie Anderson said. “It was a huge red flag. I noticed I was desensitized.”

As she read more news of the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida, she felt she had to do something locally.  “Instead of the usual sadness and grief that I feel, I felt really angry and really scared, and really motivated to do something,” she said. “My parents both work in schools, my younger sister is a freshman in high school. The people who mean the most to me are on school campuses every day.”

Anderson says she feels safe at her school, but can feel afraid after reports of a mass shooting; or worse — inaction by authorities after such incidents. That’s why she started the online campaign with the hashtag #WillMySchoolBeNext.

“This all began on Friday, in the wake of the Florida shooting,” she said. “What we are trying to do is draw the attention of the Washington State Legislature to mass shootings in schools. We want to demand that they take action. We aren’t specific on what that action is so that students, regardless of political persuasion, can be involved.”

People can get signs through the campaign that say “Will ____ be next.” They can then write in a name or school in the blank space. The effort also includes a letter writing campaign and petition for lawmakers. The effort spread quickly on Twitter, reaching 200,000 people by Monday, Anderson said.

“I’ve noticed a lot of adults are really sad that students and young people have to take on this burden … we’re disappointed in adults for not taking this upon themselves to make a change,” Anderson said.

Anderson says that there is no specific legislation or action the campaign is advocating for — she wants lawmakers to get to work on the solution. She also wants the effort to be void of political affiliation.

“There has to be a bunch of actions taken,” Anderson said. “We can’t isolate this as a gun issue, or as a mental health issue. I think that’s what both parties are doing right now. I’m in the middle as a student … all I want to see is something to make me feel safe. I think it’s a mixture of the two – gun restrictions as well as adequate mental health treatment.

“I can say that if lawmakers fail to protect us as students, we will vote them out as voters and when we are old enough we will run for their positions as candidates. And if we have to, we will be the ones who fight.”

While I understand the student’s emotional desire for a “bunch of actions,” she might want to read through Washington State’s current firearm laws. Here’s the list of them:

Chapter 9.41 RCW


Complete Chapter | RCW Dispositions


9.41.010Terms defined.
9.41.040Unlawful possession of firearms—Ownership, possession by certain persons—Restoration of right to possess—Penalties.
9.41.042Children—Permissible firearm possession.
9.41.045Possession by offenders.
9.41.047Restoration of possession rights.
9.41.050Carrying firearms.
9.41.060Exceptions to restrictions on carrying firearms.
9.41.065Correctional employees—Effect of exemption from firearms restrictions—Liability limited.
9.41.070Concealed pistol license—Application—Fee—Renewal.
9.41.073Concealed pistol license—Reciprocity.
9.41.075Concealed pistol license—Revocation.
9.41.080Delivery to ineligible persons.
9.41.090Dealer deliveries regulated—Hold on delivery.
9.41.092Licensed dealer deliveries—Background checks.
9.41.094Waiver of confidentiality.
9.41.097Supplying information on persons purchasing pistols or applying for concealed pistol licenses.
9.41.0975Officials and agencies—Immunity, writ of mandamus.
9.41.098Forfeiture of firearms—Disposition—Confiscation.
9.41.100Dealer licensing and registration required.
9.41.110Dealer’s licenses, by whom granted, conditions, fees—Employees, fingerprinting and background checks—Wholesale sales excepted—Permits prohibited.
9.41.113Firearm sales or transfers—Background checks—Requirements—Exceptions.
9.41.114Firearm sales or transfers—Denial of application report—Dealer’s duties.
9.41.115Penalties—Violations of RCW 9.41.113.
9.41.120Firearms as loan security.
9.41.122Out-of-state purchasing.
9.41.124Purchasing by nonresidents.
9.41.129Recordkeeping requirements.
9.41.135Verification of licenses and registration—Notice to federal government.
9.41.137Department of licensing, authority to adopt rules—Reporting of violations—Authority to revoke licenses.
9.41.140Alteration of identifying marks—Exceptions.
9.41.171Alien possession of firearms—Requirements—Penalty.
9.41.173Alien possession of firearms—Alien firearm license—Political subdivisions may not modify requirements—Penalty for false statement.
9.41.175Alien possession of firearms—Possession without license—Conditions.
9.41.185Coyote getters.
9.41.190Unlawful firearms—Exceptions.
9.41.220Unlawful firearms and parts contraband.
9.41.225Use of machine gun in felony—Penalty.
9.41.230Aiming or discharging firearms, dangerous weapons.
9.41.240Possession of pistol by person from eighteen to twenty-one.
9.41.250Dangerous weapons—Penalty.
9.41.251Dangerous weapons—Application of restrictions to law enforcement, firefighting, rescue, and military personnel.
9.41.260Dangerous exhibitions.
9.41.270Weapons apparently capable of producing bodily harm—Unlawful carrying or handling—Penalty—Exceptions.
9.41.280Possessing dangerous weapons on school facilities—Penalty—Exceptions.
9.41.290State preemption.
9.41.300Weapons prohibited in certain places—Local laws and ordinances—Exceptions—Penalty.
9.41.310Information pamphlet.
9.41.330Felony firearm offenders—Determination of registration.
9.41.333Duty to register—Requirements.
9.41.335Failure to register as felony firearm offender.
9.41.340Return of privately owned firearm by law enforcement agency—Notification to family or household member—Exception—Exemption from public disclosure—Civil liability—Liability for request based on false information.
9.41.345Return of privately owned firearm by law enforcement agency—Duties—Notice—Exception.
9.41.800Surrender of weapons or licenses—Prohibition on future possession or licensing.
9.41.802Proof of surrender and receipt pattern form—Declaration of nonsurrender pattern form—Administrative office of the courts to develop.
9.41.804Proof of surrender and receipt form, declaration of nonsurrender form—Requirement to file with clerk of the court.


Carrying loaded rifle or shotgun in vehicle: RCW 77.15.460.

Explosives: Chapter 70.74 RCW.

Possessing a stolen firearm: RCW 9A.56.310.

Shooting firearm from, across, or along public highway: RCW 77.15.460.

Theft of a firearm: RCW 9A.56.300.

If you are going to vote on issues and are that concerned about legislation and “doing something,” remember that “Knowledge is Power” in any fight.



Published at Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:30:11 +0000

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