December 14, 4:26 PM click here to comment > 7
Statement on school shootings
This is a tragedy beyond words. We know what it feels like in this city to have senseless shootings. I cannot imagine the tragedy and horror the parents in Connecticut are feeling right now.
There are no threats to any of our schools that we are aware of. As a matter of policy Seattle Police Department patrol officers immediately began increasing their visibility around the city, including at Seattle Public Schools.
SPD works closely with all Seattle schools, public and private, regarding security. All SPD officers undergo rapid intervention training for response and rescue in scenarios like this.
The real question in a lot of people’s minds today is: What can we do? How can we stop it?
Easy access to guns and unmet mental health needs are two places to start.
The state legislature has the authority to take much more meaningful action. They should close the gun show loophole. We have asked them to give the City the authority to regulate guns in our public places, including parks and community centers. We have asked them to provide more funding and support for those that are mentally ill or unstable.
I stand ready to work with the legislature on these priorities.
Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn