gun violence http://www.kplu.org en King County Campaign: Lock Up Guns, Lower Risk of Youth Suicide http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-campaign-lock-guns-lower-risk-youth-suicide <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Children who live in homes with an unlocked gun are nine times more likely to commit suicide, according to data compiled by Public Health – Seattle &amp; King County between 1999 and 2012. The same data, released Monday, shows more than 5,000 of the county’s children live in homes with an unlocked firearm.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In response to the new findings, King</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;County has launched the Safe Storage Saves Lives campaign through which ten l</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ocal and national retailers&nbsp;will offer discounts on secure&nbsp;</span>lockboxes<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the county announced Monday.</span></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:03:19 +0000 Martha Kang & Paula Wissel 11284 at http://www.kplu.org King County Campaign: Lock Up Guns, Lower Risk of Youth Suicide Scientists see guns as similar to your bike and your car http://www.kplu.org/post/scientists-see-guns-similar-your-bike-and-your-car <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers who study injuries at </span>Harborview<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Medical Center are asking the Seattle City Council to take on the federal government's role -- and fund an investigation into gun violence. They say gun-related injuries are a solvable problem, from a public health perspective.</span></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 22:54:39 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7923 at http://www.kplu.org Scientists see guns as similar to your bike and your car Washington venture capitalist funds new anti-gun violence coalition http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-venture-capitalist-funds-new-anti-gun-violence-coalition <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/022513AJ_GrassRoots_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gun control advocates in Washington are banding together to turn up the heat on state lawmakers. In the coming days, they plan to announce the formation of a new grassroots lobbying coalition. Their first target is passage of universal background check legislation.<p>The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility has seed money from Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 23:46:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7858 at http://www.kplu.org Washington venture capitalist funds new anti-gun violence coalition Public health at forefront of King County's gun initiative http://www.kplu.org/post/public-health-forefront-king-countys-gun-initiative <p>The debate over gun control may be focused on the nation’s capital, but one local official says King County will soon take measures of its own.</p><p>About <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/data/GunViolence.aspx">125 people die each year </a>of gun violence in King County. Executive Dow Constantine says the way a county government can chip away at that number is through a public health approach. He announced in his <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/constantine/StateOfTheCounty/2013.aspx">state of the county address </a>that he is directing the health department to collect new data on gun deaths and injuries.</p><p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 00:52:54 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7729 at http://www.kplu.org Public health at forefront of King County's gun initiative Gun buyback: Mayor says "gaggles" of private gun buyers "insane" http://www.kplu.org/post/gun-buyback-mayor-says-gaggles-private-gun-buyers-insane <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seven hundred and sixteen guns were collected at Saturday’s gun buyback program in Seattle. But officials say they are disturbed by the large number of private gun buyers the event attracted.</span></p><p>Mayor Mike McGinn says he was shocked by what he describes as the “gaggles” of private gun buyers who showed up to tempt people away from the long lines and gift cards and offer them cash for their weapons.</p><blockquote><p>“We had a gun bazaar break out of the streets of Seattle outside of a gun buyback. That was just insane."</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:30:08 +0000 Jennifer Wing 7663 at http://www.kplu.org Gun buyback: Mayor says "gaggles" of private gun buyers "insane" Seattle Police tackling neighborhood hotspots with ‘directed patrols’ http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-police-tackling-neighborhood-hotspots-directed-patrols <p>With 20 fatal shootings so far, just over half way into the year, Seattle&rsquo;s murder toll has already topped the number of homicides for all of last year.</p><p>The city is stepping up police patrols in crime hot spots they&rsquo;ve identified and getting officers out of their cars more to increase visibility.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:56:45 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5652 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Police tackling neighborhood hotspots with ‘directed patrols’ Gun offenders in Seattle could do more prison time http://www.kplu.org/post/updated-gun-offenders-seattle-could-do-more-prison-time <p>Local and U.S. officials say they&rsquo;re getting more aggressive about prosecuting gun crimes in Seattle, funneling more offenders into the stricter federal system. Law enforcement officials hope the threat of longer sentences and tougher prisons will deter more crimes. U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said it&rsquo;s a proven strategy.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:10:43 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5313 at http://www.kplu.org Gun offenders in Seattle could do more prison time Seattle: Make gun offenders register like sex offenders? http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-make-gun-offenders-register-sex-offenders <p>Sex offenders have to register when they get out of prison in Washington. So why shouldn&rsquo;t people who commit a violent crime with a gun have to do the same?</p><p>It&rsquo;s an idea being floated by the Seattle Police Department. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 01:24:17 +0000 Paula Wissel 5215 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle: Make gun offenders register like sex offenders?