PASCO, WA – Veterans advocate and U.S. Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley (R-WA) issued the following statement in response to a Seattle Times report outlining the record level of gun violence in Seattle.
Tiffany Smiley said: “The record gun violence in Seattle is heartbreaking, but completely unsurprising given the flood of police officers leaving the force and the lawless policies being advocated by King County officials. Officials spent 2020 demonizing our law enforcement and now candidates for office are even on the record as wanting to infect our police with COVID. This is wrong.”
“We can continue to put our heads in the sand and think abandoning those who are sworn to protect us will not have repercussions, or we can begin to support them as they do the tough job of securing our communities. Patty Murray has chosen to put her head in the sand, I will not. I stand by our law enforcement, I stand for securing our communities, and I will be an advocate for Washington State’s future each and every day as our next U.S. Senator,” concluded Smiley.
The Seattle Times reported Tuesday evening that gun violence in King County had already surpassed 2020’s record total. As of September 30th, there were already 19 more shooting victims and 11 more shootings in Seattle than in all of 2020. At the Harborview Medical Center, there was a 30% increase in patients being treated for gunshot wounds than at this point in 2020. At the same time, one of the leading candidates for Seattle City Attorney recently tweeted that local law enforcement, the same people putting their lives on the line to protect our community from this violence, should “eat some COVID laced sh*t.”
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