Seattle mayoral candidates face grandmas

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by Linda Brill / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Seattle Mayoral Candidates Mike McGinn and Sen. Ed Murray have faced off in several debates and forums, ut on Tuesday they appeared before a group of serious grandmothers.

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence held a forum on public safety.

One of the grandmas, Seattle civic leader Dorothy Mann, told KING 5, "This is not another cause for me, it's personal for me.  I turned grief and loss into making the next young man safe."

Mann was referring to the murder of her grandson, Kris Mann, two decades ago in a Washington, D.C. suburb.

She became a public health expert, a civic activist and a "grandmother against gun violence."

At the grannie group forum, McGinn and Murray discussed gun deaths and crime.

One of the questions from a grandmother in the audience brought applause.

"I do not feel safe taking my children to Westlake, all downtown."

"We're going to add 52 new police officers and we've already got more officers out of their cars and on the streets where they're needed," said McGinn.

"It was allowed to fester too long. A culture got created and it isn't going to be easy to end," said Murray.

The grandmother group backs Initiative 594, which would close the gun show loophole and require background checks for online gun sales.

Both candidates support the measure.

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