December 22, 2022 Blog
22 things we’re celebrating from 2022
As this year comes to a close, we wanted to share a few reasons to celebrate. So here are 22 things from 2022 that we’re especially proud of. This year we:
- Restricted high-capacity magazines with the passage of SB 5078 through the Washington state legislature–a victory six years in the making!
- Closed the ghost gun loophole, with the passage of HB 1605 through the state legislature.
- 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.
- Prohibited live-shooter drills with the passage of HB 1941.
- Supported a coalition that made critical updates to Washington state’s use of force standards.
- Improved and updated Washington’s civil protection order system, including updating the definition of domestic violence to include coercive control.
- Advocated for the investment of more than $8 million in the Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention.
- Helped secure congressionally-directed federal spending for our partner organizations CHOOSE 180 and Peacemaking Institute!
- Held a press conference on the anniversary of the Parkland shooting to honor victims of gun violence.
- Organized #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence on the 23rd anniversary of the Columbine shooting.
- Hosted our first-ever Youth Summit!
- Celebrated (at the White House!) the passage of the first federal gun safety bill in nearly 30 years!
- Held our 10th annual luncheon and hosted in person for the first time in two years.
- Hosted powerful events in the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde with legislative and community leaders.
- Observed a Wear Orange weekend to remember, thanks to support from stadiums, sports teams, and allies.
- 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.
- Hosted the Together We End Gun Violence Symposium along with partners at Community Passageways, King County, the City of Seattle, and Washington state.
- Elected 77 gun responsibility champions–growing our GVP majorities in Olympia.
- 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.
- Welcomed new team and board members!
- Cheered on the thousands of Seattle students who organized a walk out and marched to demand more action to stop gun violence.
- 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.
— Kristen Ellingboe is Communications Director at the Alliance.