One man’s courage keeps passengers safe from harm

Dear fellow King County employee,

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Eric Stark

Last week one of our own employees was injured in the line of duty, a victim of a senseless act of gun violence.

Eric Stark, a seven-year Metro Transit employee and member of the Amalgamated Transit Union, demonstrated extraordinary heroism when, after having been shot, he steered his Metro coach and passengers away from the shooter to safety. His quick thinking prevented further injuries and likely saved lives.

Eric’s courage and selfless commitment to his passengers is remarkable and inspiring, and I know you join me in wishing him a speedy recovery. As a community we grieve the lives lost in this terrible and senseless incident, and look for answers to why it happened.

This event is another tragic reminder that we must act to end the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our nation.

King County has embraced a public health approach to gun violence, using research and data to develop solutions to help prevent firearm tragedies from occurring in our community. We are partnering with local retailers on the Lok-it-up program, which can prevent firearm theft and keep guns from getting into the wrong hands.

State and federal law pre-empt our ability to regulate firearms, but that won’t stop us from doing what we can do within our own authority to fight this scourge.

We need support from our leaders at the national level to continue this fight. It’s time for them to show the kind of bravery and selflessness that Eric displayed, to take a stand to end the culture of gun violence in this country.


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Dow Constantine

King County Executive