'Just Ask' ads raise gun question on Metro buses

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by CHRIS DANIELS / KING 5 News

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Posted on March 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 6:52 PM

“Just Ask.”

That’s the statement about a question now being posed on dozens of Metro buses.

Washington Ceasefire spent over $10,000 on a series of billboards, which will run inside and outside the buses, until April 7.

“It’s about asking parents about their neighbors where there kids play. Is there a gun in the house?” said Ralph Fascitelli, Washington Ceasefire Board member.  “We see this as a public safety and public health issue.”

Fascitelli and Ceasefire claims a person is 22 times more likely to shoot a friend or family member than an intruder if they have a gun in the house.

There are 183 billboards spread across dozens of buses.  Community Transit rejected the ads.  Pierce Transit says it is still debating whether it will accept them.

“It’s not a public health issue, it’s a civil rights issue,” said Dave Workman of the Second Amendment Foundation.  He calls the campaign a waste of money.

“Those kinds of ads have never proven to be effective.  Doesn’t change anyone’s opinion,” he said
 

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