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June 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Hunter kills hiker

Scott Terrell / Skagit Valley Herald

Superior Court Judge Susan Cook shows the court a photo of the area where a 14-year-old boy shot a 54-year-old woman as she hiked on Sauk Mountain last August. The boy was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter with a firearm.

Put legislators in hikers’ shoes

Editor, The Times:

Regarding The Seattle Times’ story about the child hunter who shot and killed a hiker [“Hunter, 15, faces up to 3 months in hiker death,” page one, June 3]: The question is not what penalty the boy should receive, but rather, what kind of laws do we have that allow such a thoroughly preventable tragedy to occur?

The following course of action may help: Tell hunters of all ages that a bear has been sighted along a given hiking trail. Then require all legislators to hike that trail. For those lawmakers surviving the journey, this may help concentrate their minds as to the merits of their various choices regarding gun-control legislation.

— David M. Strauss, Lake Forest Park

Judicial fails to vindicate lost life

Lets see: “A boy will remember this for the rest of his life,” and the family will forever be without its loved one, who was simply out enjoying our lovely, quiet, inspiring outdoors, little realizing that her life was in jeopardy, due to a high-caliber rifle 100 yards (that’s a football-field length) away.

It is difficult to believe that anyone can carry a rifle, so indiscriminately do this and get so very little punishment for it. This sentence will certainly not deter others from making similar poor judgments.

What I want, and what I think others want, is at least for people to think first and verify what they see before pulling the trigger at something 100 yards away. These boys were much too young to be out by themselves with this kind of firepower.

What a sham our judicial system is at times … this time.

— Janice Broz, Redmond

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