Father of Mukilteo shooting victim urges lawmakers to ban assault weapons

The father of a Mukilteo shooting survivor is urging lawmakers to support a ban on assault weapons. KING 5's Ted Land reports.

SEATTLE -- The father of a Mukilteo shooting survivor is urging lawmakers to support a ban on assault weapons. He joined other families and survivors Sunday to remember victims of gun violence and insist on changes to state law.

“After July I could no longer not say something,” said Paul Kramer, whose son, Will Kramer, 19, was shot and wounded during the July 30 shooting.

Three of Will Kramer’s friends died in the shooting. Kramer is now back in classes at UW.

“He’s doing well,” said Paul Kramer, who joined members of the organization Washington Ceasefire at Green Lake Park Sunday morning, to plant daffodils in remembrance of gun violence victims.

The group is also trying to generate support for Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s proposal to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

“We can take action to create a safer, more peaceful, loving world,” Kramer said.

Ferguson hopes to have a bill before lawmakers during the 2017 legislative session. Opponents are preparing to fight the proposal.

“Instead of playing games with the rights of his constituency, maybe AG Ferguson could focus on stopping the criminals who commit the crimes instead.  Criminals do not abide by new gun laws, and will continue to break the law using whatever tool they wish to commit their crimes.  This legislation will only disarm and restrict law-abiding gun owners from being able to defend themselves using the most effective means,” the National Rifle Association wrote in a statement, urging members to voice their opposition.

Copyright 2016 KING


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