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December 18, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Seattle gun ban

Alan Berner / The Seattle Times

Seattle police investigate the scene of a shooting at Seattle Center during Northwest Folklife Festival. The incident occured just north of the International Fountain and next to the Fountain Lawn Stage.

You can’t take this away from me

Editor, The Times:

Does Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels really believe that an executive order banning law-abiding citizens from carrying their legally obtained and carried firearms onto city property will prevent a gun-related incident from happening [“Mayor’s firearms proposal draws fire at hearing,” Times, News, Dec. 17]?

If he looked at who uses guns in an illegal manner, he would not likely find the legally licensed holders creating the problems, but rather the criminals who don’t care about the rules.

According to The Seattle Times, “The man accused of opening fire at Seattle’s Northwest Folklife Festival, wounding three people, had obtained a concealed-weapon permit from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office even though federal and state laws should have prevented him from having one.” Even though the records were not public, he was a documented mental patient. His background check apparently didn’t reveal this fact.

Preventing the legal carrying of a legally obtained firearm seems to be another attempt to take away my constitutional right to protect myself, my property and others threatened by those who will ignore this ludicrous posturing by Nickels.

— Jerry Thorsell, Lacey

One naive step for mankind

Mayor Greg Nickels recently suggested that Seattle should enact a ban on guns. Although the proponents of this idea claim it as a solution for violence, one look at Washington, D. C., suggests otherwise. The city enacted a gun ban and not only was it overturned, but deaths increased in the area by a large margin.

This ban will not work. Criminals will continue to get the guns. Most of them have already broken the law once; another law will not keep them from getting more guns.

Guns in the hands of good citizens will prevent many more deaths than they cause. An armed citizen has the ability to stop a criminal from killing unarmed citizens. Criminals will continue to be criminals and this gun ban is a naive step, assuming that it will keep criminals from getting guns illegally.

— Jeremiah Surface, Kirkland

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