Reflecting on 2022

22 Reasons to Celebrate

As this year comes to a close, we are reflecting on the progress we’ve made and wanted to share a few reasons to celebrate. So here are 22 things from 2022 that we’re especially proud of. This year we:

  1. Restricted high-capacity magazines with the passage of SB 5078 through the Washington state legislature–a victory six years in the making! 
  2. Closed the ghost gun loophole, with the passage of HB 1605 through the state legislature. 
  3. Extended protections against armed intimidation with the passage of HB 1630, which prohibits open carry at public government meetings and restricts firearms at school board meetings and election-related offices. 
  4. Prohibited live-shooter drills with the passage of HB 1941. 
  5. Supported a coalition that made critical updates to Washington state’s use of force standards.
  6. Improved and updated Washington’s civil protection order system, including updating the definition of domestic violence to include coercive control. 
  7. Advocated for the investment of more than $8 million in the Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention. 
  8. Helped secure congressionally-directed federal spending for our partner organizations CHOOSE 180 and Peacemaking Institute!
  9. Held a press conference on the anniversary of the Parkland shooting to honor victims of gun violence. 
  10. Organized #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence on the 23rd anniversary of the Columbine shooting.
  11. Hosted our first-ever Youth Summit
  12. Celebrated (at the White House!) the passage of the first federal gun safety bill in nearly 30 years!
  13. Held our 10th annual luncheon and hosted in person for the first time in two years. 
  14. Hosted powerful events in the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde with legislative and community leaders. 
  15. Observed a Wear Orange weekend to remember, thanks to support from stadiums, sports teams, and allies. 
  16. Held a strategic convening with partners from across the country to chart a path forward in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision. 
  17. Hosted the Together We End Gun Violence Symposium along with partners at Community Passageways, King County, the City of Seattle, and Washington state.
  18. Elected 77 gun responsibility champions–growing our GVP majorities in Olympia.
  19. Helped support the passage of Measure 114, a comprehensive Oregon ballot measure that requires a permit to purchase firearms, restricts high-capacity magazines, and more.
  20. Welcomed new team and board members! 
  21. Cheered on the thousands of Seattle students who organized a walk out and marched to demand more action to stop gun violence.
  22. Observed the 10th anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting at powerful vigils and resolved to continue fighting for a safer future. 

We continue to be inspired by the strength and support of our community. Thank you for sticking with us every step of the way.

– The Alliance Team