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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

March 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Sheriff’s office creates unit for Snohomish County schools

Security measure distracts from real issue

Now that the “feel good” photo ops are over, perhaps the Snohomish County sheriff can quantify how six deputies are going to effectively patrol 2,000 square miles, and more than 100 schools [“Some Snohomish County schools to get extra security,” NWSaturday, March 16]?

I doubt the response time to any incident will be any better than it would be under the sheriff’s regular services.

This is just a distraction from one of the real issues that might help stop some of the violence: And that is getting our state Legislature to require universal background checks for all gun sales. Independent polls show the majority of voters in this state support universal background checks, an idea that has again been shelved by our current crop of legislators.

Sandy Hook was an act of random violence. You can try all you want but we can’t be protected from random violence, but we can limit who has access to the weapons used with universal background checks.

–Roberta MacKinnon, Seattle

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