Yakima, Washington (CNN) For most of its history, Yakima was known for being the “capital of Washington state” and for being home to a variety of industries.
But in recent years, the city has experienced a steady stream of headlines about a series of events that have put its reputation on the line.
On April 15, 2016, a man with a machine gun opened fire in front of a grocery store and killed five people and injured more than 100 others.
Months later, a gunman who had been fired from a state-run factory was arrested after he walked into a bar and opened fire on patrons, killing three and injuring seven.
The same man later claimed that he acted alone in shooting the gunman.
After a week of protests, Washington state passed a bill requiring people to wear a muzzle-loading gun suppressor and to keep a gun on at all times.
But it also required people to notify police if they felt unsafe.
After the bill passed, Yakimas city council voted to expand the legislation to cover more than 1,000 municipalities and to require all guns and ammunition in the city to be registered.
“If you’re a resident of Yakima and you think the law’s not being enforced,” Councilman Steve Lohse told the crowd, “then call us, and we’ll take care of it.”
Yakima became the first American city to pass a law requiring a gun suppressors.
The new law came after two months of protests.
Yakima’s mayor, Mark Miller, was one of the first to sign the bill into law.
“I’m going to stand up for you,” Miller said, “because if you want to keep this city safe, you’re going to have to do the same for our city.”
Miller, who is also a state senator, was not in attendance at the rally, but he told CNN that the protests had put Yakima on the map.
“We had a lot of press coverage,” Miller told CNN.
“You know, we’ve got to stand together to protect ourselves,” Miller added. “
“And we’ve just got to make sure we don’t lose our guns.” “
You know, we’ve got to stand together to protect ourselves,” Miller added.
“And we’ve just got to make sure we don’t lose our guns.”
In February 2017, a woman from Seattle was shot and killed by a police officer after she called 911 for help.
At the time, the shooting was being investigated as a possible hate crime.
In March, a former deputy chief in Yakima filed a lawsuit against the city and its police chief, alleging that the department retaliated against him for filing a complaint.
That same month, the City Council voted to ban assault weapons.
“It was the kind of thing that the city had been fighting for years,” said Steve Lach, an attorney who specializes in free speech and the First Amendment.
“There were so many other people who were getting killed.
There was so much violence.”
At the same time, people were starting to realize the threat of gun violence was real, and that the only solution was to have some type of gun control.
“In my view, it was time for Yakima to do what it was supposed to do, which is protect itself,” Lach said.
“The only way that they can prevent gun violence is if they get gun laws passed and pass gun control laws.”
At one point, Lach told CNN, the protesters gathered in the Capitol Rotunda, a public square that is a popular place for public events in Yakimat.
“They’re yelling and chanting, ‘We are the people.
We are the voice of the people,'” Lach recalled.
“A few people start to gather, and they’re talking about their own feelings.
But I don’t think they knew the real intent behind it.”
That’s when Lach decided to act.
“My office was actually right next to where the shooting happened, so I thought, ‘I can’t miss this,'” he said.
Lach’s phone rang a few times.
“Somebody said, ‘Hello?’
I said, no, that’s me,” Lache recalled.
Loughse, the mayor, arrived to the meeting with a few other people and a small group of journalists, and Lach immediately began to talk.
“He asked, ‘What do you think?’
I told him I was there to talk about gun control and I thought that was it,” Loughes son told CNN at the time.
“As soon as I said that, people in the room started screaming and running.”
Loughe said he was concerned that the crowd would become hostile.
“Then they started yelling at me,” he said, and started to yell back at him.
“That was when I thought I’d have to use force to stop the people from yelling.”
Lach and his colleagues were not the only ones to get into a shouting match. L