Over the years, Jay Inslee has remained unwavering on his position on gun violence and the need for stricter gun reforms.
“Whatever percentage [of armed teachers] it is, speaking as a grandfather … I have listened to the people who would be affected by that I have listened to the biology teachers and they don’t want to do that at any percentage. I’ve listened to the first-grade teachers that don’t want to be pistol-packing first-grade teachers. I’ve listened to law enforcement who have said they don’t want to have to train teachers as law enforcement [agents] which takes about six months. Now, I just think this is a circumstance where we need to listen that educators should educate, and they should not be foisted upon this responsibility of packing heat in first-grade classes.” – Jay Inslee, Fox News, 26 February 2018.
“Now, I understand you have suggested this, and we suggest things and sometimes then we listen to people about it and maybe they don’t look so good a little later. So I just suggest we need a little less tweeting and a little more listening and let’s just take that off the table and move forward.” – Jay Inslee, Fox News, 26 February 2018.
“While too many in D.C. remain in the grips of the NRA, we’re the state that stands up for common-sense gun-safety reforms. We’ve closed background check loopholes, banned bump stocks and approved protective orders that keep guns away from people in crisis. And at that same time, we’re making sure students don’t worry more about bullying or gun violence than they do about their algebra homework.” – Jay Inslee, King 5, 15 January 2019.