League of Women Voters Reaffirms Commitment to Gun Safety Efforts After Apparent Intimidation Attempt

The League of Woman Voters of Seattle-King County today reaffirmed its commitment to leading a dialogue on solutions to gun violence after an apparent attempt at intimidation. The League's offices were targeted last weekend by an individual who left a shooting range target sheet pierced by numerous bullet holes.

The League of Women Voters has long been engaged in gun violence prevention education and advocacy. Most recently, the League took a position in favor of Initiative 594, a measure to close loopholes in our state's background check law which is headed for the November ballot.

Sometime between Thursday evening, July 3, and Saturday morning, July 5, a person or persons left the shot-up target at a doorstop outside the Seattle-King County League offices. "The League of Women Voters is committed to finding common ground on issues of gun safety so we can work as one community to reduce gun violence in our state," said Ellen Barton, President of LWVS-KC. "This apparent attempt to intimidate us will not dissuade us from our work. The League of Women Voters will continue to be a forum for dialogue, research and education on gun laws and gun violence, and we look forward to reasonable, robust dialogue in the months ahead."

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, voter education focused organization. It was created 94 years ago, when women gained the right to vote, for the purpose of educating the new electorate about the issues of the day. We do NOT endorse candidates but we do take positions on issues that we believe are in the public interest, such as voting rights, the environment and climate change, education, reproductive freedom, criminal and juvenile justice and public safety including gun safety. Those positions are based on extensive studies and in-depth discussion by our diverse members.

The League has long been a supporter of common sense measures to increase public safety while still respecting the right of law abiding citizens to own guns. The League has recommended a "YES" vote on I-594 and has joined the coalition campaigning in favor of I-594, which closes the background check loophole for private gun sales. This measure tries to keep guns out of the hands of those people who should not have them, such as felons, those convicted of domestic abuse or the mentally ill. Conversely, this measure would have a minimal impact on the right of law abiding citizens to purchase guns.

"Our founders braved beatings, jail time and even death to win the right to vote for women, and the League intends to continue with both our nonpartisan, unbiased, voter education and our advocacy efforts," says League of Women Voters of Washington President, Kim Abel.

The incident has been reported to the Seattle Police Department, which has opened an investigation. Anyone with information about the incident should contact the League of Women Voters in reference to Incident #14-217775.