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Dear Reader: Sick of School Shootings? 
So Are We

Alayne Sulkin

Published on: June 29, 2018

Little girl

As a parent and soon-to-be grandparent, it has been my greatest privilege to manage a parenting media company for the last 15 years.  

At ParentMap, we strive to be a resource for families, whether it’s helping them find a free outing on a dark, rainy day or explaining the science behind brain development. We also strive to show a range of opinions and to give a voice to diverse parenting experiences.

In doing this work, I’ve realized something: It is the job of a responsible media organization to be objective. That doesn’t mean neutral. Rather, we should not hesitate to wield our editorial judgment, weighing facts with opinions and thoughtfully considering how the ideas that we share have an impact.

We have a long history of making such an impact, particularly when it comes to gun violence and gun safety. We were strong and vocal supporters of Initiative 594, an important piece of legislation that passed in November 2014 and changed the game when it comes to background checks and guns in Washington state. That work had a personal meaning for our team thanks to the courageous story of former ParentMap staff member Rory Graves.

It doesn’t have to be this way. It shouldn’t be this way. 

But our work is not done. This year, ParentMap is loudly and proudly supporting a new initiative that will create profound positive change for our state: I-1639. Backed by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, I-1639 is the most comprehensive gun safety initiative in Washington state to date.

Why does this matter to you? Whether or not you’re a parent, you know that there is an epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings in our country. From Parkland to Marysville, Santa Fe to Sandy Hook, we no longer feel safe sending our children to school. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. 

It shouldn’t be this way. 

That’s why we at ParentMap are committed to supporting I-1639 but our time is short: The window to sign the petition to get I-1639 on the ballot closes soon. Learn how you can add your signature.

As part of this continued effort, ParentMap has also launched a new monthly eNewsletter. Every edition will update you about the latest news as related to gun safety, from how to support I-1639 to how to talk to your kid about scary headlines to what local leaders are doing to make change happen. Sign up here.

Let’s keep up the fight.

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