February 8, 2017 News

Family of Frontier Shooting Victim Speak at Capitol

Columbia Basin Herald


The Columbia Basin Herald reported on the story of one family’s story of tragedy in Moses Lake:

“Nyla Fritz, sister of one of the victims of the Frontier middle school shooting in Moses Lake, said she did not understand how after 21 years, the topic of safe gun storage is still up for debate…

House Bill 112, introduced by Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Seattle, is a bill which would require dealers to provide or sell some sort of lock box or safe storage method for firearms as well as warn buyers of the liability of not safely storing their firearms. It would also create a penalty for leaving a gun in an area where a child or another prohibited person could access it…

Fritz said she views the issue not from a survivor’s perspective, but as an educator. Fritz, who spends her time working with students who are her brother’s age, sees it as negligent not to hold adults accountable for keeping firearms out of the hands of children…

‘I lost my brother. Moses Lake, the community, experienced a horrific tragedy in large part because a child had access to guns.’ Fritz said. ‘I’m not an expert on laws, I’m someone who’s experienced horrific loss.'”

Read the full story at the Columbia Basin Herald.