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The Reader – Gun Safety Initiative

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2013

Seattle and King County to launch gun buyback program
On Tuesday, Mayor McGinn, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Police Deputy Chief Nick Metz, Dr. David Fleming of Public Health – Seattle & King County, Renee Hopkins of the Seattle Police Foundation, and Reverend Aaron Williams of Seattle’s Mount Zion Baptist Church announced a new Gun Safety Initiative, including a gun buyback program. Former Seattle mayors Greg Nickels, Norm Rice, Charles Royer and Wes Uhlman are serving as co-chairs of the program. Within a few hours, donations surpassed the $100,000 goal.

The countywide gun buyback initiative will provide a monetary incentive to individuals who turn in firearms, while engaging our communities toward a common goal of reducing gun violence. The first gun buyback will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in downtown Seattle in the parking lot underneath Interstate 5 between Cherry and James Streets.

“This gun buyback program can help us protect public health and safety and reduce gun violence in our communities,” said McGinn. “We will continue working with the police department and other organizations and agencies on a broad range of solutions to the epidemic of gun violence. I want to thank all the sponsors who are making this program possible.”


Celebrating Extended Library Hours
For the first time in at least a century, all locations of The Seattle Public Library will be open on Sunday in 2013. Expanded operating hours are being funded by a levy approved by voters in August. Mayor McGinn joined City Librarian Marcellus Turner and others to celebrate at the Columbia Branch this past Sunday.

“Seattle loves libraries,” said McGinn. “That’s why Seattle residents came together to support new funding for library resources and expanded hours, making our libraries more accessible for all, especially those who rely on them to use the Internet. And the week-long furloughs for our libraries are now a thing of the past. Let’s all celebrate by stopping by our neighborhood libraries, chatting with a librarian, checking out a book, and saying thank you to Seattle voters for making today possible.”


Fair contracting on City housing projects
Since 1981, Seattle voters have approved one bond and four levies to create affordable housing. Seattle has now funded over 11,000 affordable apartments for seniors, low- and moderate-wage workers, and formerly homeless individuals and families.

It’s a shared value in our city that people need shelter and affordable housing. And, it’s also a shared value in Seattle that workers deserve fair and humane treatment on the job and a chance to build a better life for themselves and their families. For this reason, the Office of Housing (OH) requires Fair Contracting, and living wages for construction jobs on projects it finances.

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Upcoming events (for more see http://seattle.gov/mayor/Engage/access.htm):

Jan 12, 1:00 p.m. – Foster Dog Orientation, Seattle Animal Shelter, Upper Level Conference Room (2061 15th Ave W)

Jan 14, 6:00 p.m. – East District Council, Capitol Hill Library (425 Harvard Ave E)

Jan 14, 7:00 p.m. – Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council, Bayview Manor (11 W Aloha St)

Jan 15, 6:30 p.m. – Delridge Greenway Design Review Meeting, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW)


Video highlights (for more see http://seattle.gov/mayor/photos/videos.htm):


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Comments

Comment from DeniWarren
Time January 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm

When will the spotlight be turned on to helping people in our community with Mental Illness? Maybe because all the $$s and political agendas are forcing talks about gun control? When there are special interest groups for mental health we might see a change! Try finding help for a person on the brink and see what the community has to offer… it’s pathetic how little we value or talk about mental health concerns.

Comment from terjupi
Time July 14, 2013 at 10:58 am

Isn’t it clear that america doesn’t have a gun problem but a gang problem.There are cities which have transformed to cities like seirra leone,somalia etc figuratively.These are places where these high stats show up..The high number of homicide include people or actually criminals killing criminals for the purpose of control over streets etc.Its a fact and has been stated by head of center of crime prevention and control david keneddy. These kind of incidents are attributed to occasional mentally ill urban kid out of medication or loose gun safety..I am ignoring that fact it is important as well.but more often these high numbers of murders are contributed majorly by those broken cities with broken families..gun control to stop reduce the number of legal gun owning is not the best answer to the problem.

Comment from terjupi
Time July 14, 2013 at 11:34 am

Isnt it clear that america doesnt have a gun problem but a gang problem.
There are cities which have transformed to cities like seirra leone,
somalia etc.These are places where these high stats show up..The high
number of homicide include people or actually criminals who kill other criminals
for the purpose of control over streets etc.Its a fact and has even been stated
by head of centre of crime prevention and control david keneddy.These kind of
incidents are attributed to occasionally metally ill suburban kid who is out
of his medcation or at home which isloose in practising gun safety..
I am not ignoring that fact..it is important too.but more
often these high numbers of murders are conrtributed majorly by those broken
cities with broken families..gun control to stop or reduce the number of legal
gun owning is not the best answer to the problem..these cities are close to mexico..
and cutiing of gun supplies will be equalent to controlling the drug supplies to them..