Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and the organization Washington CeaseFire have created a voluntary program in which local businesses promise to disallow guns and place a “Gun Free Zone” decal in their window.
“We are here to support businesses that do not wish to have guns on their premise. The police department regularly enforces trespass laws when a visitor to a business violates that business’s rules. We will continue to do so, and I thank these businesses for standing up for the safety of their customers," said Mayor McGinn said in a statement (video below).
According to King5.com, Washington CeaseFire Board President Ralph Fascitelli added: "I think we've all been disappointed that, in the wake of Sandy Hook, nothing got done in Olympia, But what we're trying to do here today is address the culture of gun violence."
A string of violent crimes this summer has served as the catalyst for the program. Businesses can sign up for the program by going to GunFreeSeatle.org.
Washington CeaseFire claims that more people die every year from guns than from motor vehicle accidents. However, King5.com says that a report from the King County Medical Examiner's Office shows more traffic-related deaths (1,770) between 2002 and 2011 than gun-related homicides, suicides and accidental shootings (1,455).