A recent outbreak of “ gun violence ” in the liberal Mecca of Seattle has given the peasants a fright and one tool has spoken forth in outrage. Why are guns in Washington State so prone to violence? We dig a bit deeper to discover the reason.
We’d like to congratulate our good friend, Pete Brownell, on his recent election as President of the NRA. Pete was chosen by the NRA Board of Directors during their annual meeting in Atlanta.
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Five people were shot in 24 hours in Seattle, leaving one person dead.
However, Seattle has only five homicides this year — a number that’s unusually low for a major city.
Seattle police Chief Kathleen O’Toole released in a statement on Thursday saying the department is outraged by the recent gun violence and will not tolerate it. She reports police have been working with federal, state, and county partners – increasing patrols where shooting scenes unfolded.
Here’s a timeline of when the incidents happened.
1:41 a.m. May 5: A 27-year-old man was shot on First Avenue near Blanchard in Belltown. The victim has life-threatening injuries.
3:01 a.m. May 4: Two innocent bystanders were struck by gunfire as they were driving in Seattle’s Central District. Officers are investigating, but have not identified a suspect.
The shooting was in the 800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, at South Dearborn Street. Read full story here.
6:14 p.m. May 3: A teenage girl was killed in the passenger seat of a car in a Rainier Valley shooting that also left a man injured. Read full story here.
“Detectives believe the vehicle was targeted in the shooting,” police spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee said in a statement. “An injured man was found in a nearby business, and does not appear to be associated with the vehicle. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
“At the same time of the shooting at Rainer Avenue and College Street, police received a report of gunfire at Rainier Avenue South and South Genesee Street. No victims were located at that scene, but police did locate shell casings in the area.”
The gang unit is investigating.
12:14 a.m. May 3: A 22-year-old woman was shot multiple times in North Seattle overnight in the 5200 block of 19 Avenue Northeast. Officers gave her aid until Seattle fire medics arrived, taking her to Harborview Medical Center. The University of Washington sorority member is expected to survive.
A robbery happened four blocks from where the shooting happened. Police have not officially linked the two. Read full story here.
Weather may be a factor.
Homicide detectives had noted that historically violence, specifically gang-related shootings, increase during sunny weather.
Thursday was the first Seattle day to top 70 degrees in 175 days.
There were no Seattle homicides from January 29 through April 11. From October 2016 through April, Seattle had 44.78 inches of rain.
The Seattle homicide count above does not include the officer-involved shooting of Damarius Butts. The 19-year-old shot three officers before he was fatally wounded by police on April 20 in the Federal Office Building at 909 First Ave.
Pete Brownell of Montezuma, Iowa, was elected by the National Rifle Association Board of Directors as President May 1, 2017, following the 146th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Atlanta.
An NRA Life Member since birth, Brownell is the Chief Executive Officer of the legendary family-owned firearm and firearm accessory retailer Brownells. He brings a record of leadership, a passion for the outdoors and shooting sports traditions, and vigor to protect and defend the Second Amendment.
Brownell was elected to the NRA Board of Directors in 2010, and has served as Chairman of the Membership Committee, and a member of the Finance, Law Enforcement Assistance, Publications Policies, and Sport Shooting Committees.
Brownell is also former chairman of the Board of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers and a former member of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff Foundation Board. Outside the office, he is an accomplished athlete and avid outdoorsman.
“It’s an honor and privilege to serve the 5 million members of the National Rifle Association of America. I am humbled to serve alongside Wayne LaPierre – the true heart and soul of this Association and to walk in the footsteps of my predecessors,” said Brownell. “I’m a proud NRA member from day one who grew up with a passion for guns, our rich hunting heritage, and a passion to strengthen our Second Amendment.”
Brownells COO/CFO Chad Martin will lead the Brownells family of businesses on a day to day basis, while continuing to work closely with company owners Pete & Frank Brownell.
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