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April 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Gun sales increase

Legally owned guns still kill

In an article from this past Saturday [“Yakima-area gun buyers are afraid — of restrictions,” NW Sunday, April 12], the point is made that people are purchasing firearms and ammunition of all kinds in record-breaking numbers.

The article goes on to quote several experts and law-enforcement officials about this increase. The most concerning and frightening is the quote from Capt. Greg Copeland of the Yakima Police Department, who says that as long as people buy their guns legally, he’s not concerned. He goes on to say, “The people who buy guns legally and go through the proper steps … usually are not the ones doing drive-bys, doing homicides.” How shortsighted this comment is.

In an unrelated editorial in the same edition [“No stigma in getting help in hard times,” Opinion, editorial, April 12], The Seattle Times discusses the recent rash of mass homicides and attributes some of the cause of these killings to the anger and pressure many people are feeling as a result of the economic downturn. Well, every one of these mass homicides were done by a person who purchased their firearms (they usually seem to have several with them) legally.

Based on this alone, I believe the Capt. Copelands of the world better start getting concerned about this recent, unprecedented increase in firearms and ammunition ownership. If they don’t, we’ll be seeing a lot more of these sad mass killings happen.

— Robert Oberlander, Issaquah

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