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November 27, 2013 at 6:10 AM

Discounts and holiday cheer for gun-safety devices

Leadership is all about getting out in front of controversial issues, even when the best of intentions are often willfully misread. A holiday campaign to reduce the threat of gun violence for children via discounts on gun safes, lockboxes and trigger locks is an absolute winner.

King County leaders announce a gun-safety initiative with a holiday theme. (Seattle Times Photo/Greg Gilbert)

King County leaders announce a gun-safety initiative with a holiday theme.
(Seattle Times Photo/Greg Gilbert)

The “Safe Storage Saves Lives” campaign developed by Public Health – Seattle and King County is an inspired effort to promote the use of safety devices on weapons kept in thousands of homes. Congratulations to public health director  Dr. David Fleming, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Sheriff John Urquhart, participating gun dealers, and 20 participating law enforcement agencies for stepping forward Monday to promote the ideal holiday shopping event. Thank you.

As explained at this King County site, starting November 25, 2013 through December of 2014, mention Public Health or LOK-IT_UP and receive 10-15 percent off select storage devices or lock boxes at participating retailers. The initial list of 15 shops and their locations is at the site.

Proximity to firearms is reflected in tragic statistics available for review via this county link. Homicides, accidents and suicides aided and abetted by easy access to weapons.  The risks and hazards are compounded students who show up on school grounds with guns from home. 

This is not about Second Amendment prerogatives, but the responsibilities that go with rights that can have lethal consequences for others.

I know the topic is volatile. Here is a link to a column I wrote last February that attracted more than 300 comments. The topic is coming back.

Enjoy the holidays and best wishes for the season to those who take part in this laudable effort to promote the use of gun-safety devices.

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