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April 9, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Lawmakers take a shot at shooting event

Legislators need to ge their priorities straight

At the annual legislative shooting competition, at the Evergreen Sportsmen's Club in Littlerock, Thurston County, State Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, gets instructions on shooting a gun from range safety officer Eagle Tovar.

At the annual legislative shooting competition, at the Evergreen Sportsmen’s Club in Littlerock, Thurston County, State Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, gets instructions on shooting a gun from range safety officer Eagle Tovar.

The article about our state legislators spending a fun afternoon at the gun range illustrates a complete lack of priorities and shows extremely poor judgment in their choice of extracurricular activities [“Legislators answer a call to arms for fun, knowledge,” NWFriday, April 5].How about an afternoon reflecting on the importance of providing leadership and having the guts to pass a bill requiring background checks on all gun sales?

We elect our lawmakers to buckle down for approximately 3½ months every session to consider and pass important and meaningful legislation. We all work long hours to complete important tasks. There is plenty of time for our legislators to take a break after their hard work is done.

The majority of responsible gun owners support background checks We must rely on our elected officials to look beyond the lobbyists, gun-sellers, naysayers and yes, even personal opinions, to pass this law now.

Requiring a background check is not an assault on the liberties of legitimate gun buyers; it is an important and necessary safeguard in our collective national effort to make gun ownership a safe and responsible right of our citizens, not criminals and disturbed individuals.

For the record, I am a gun owner who has enjoyed target shooting and hunting with the family and I fully support background checks on all gun sales.

Jeri Cranney, North Bend

Identifying gun buyers

I was amused by your article [“Legislators answer a call to arms for fun, knowledge,” NWFriday, April 5]. The problem is not target competition, hunting ducks, ranchers killing rattle snakes or even having a gun in one’s home. The problem is how to identify people who should not have guns, dangerous people.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has no answer. I am waiting for an answer. Universal background checks for a purchase of a gun would help a little, but the NRA will not tolerate even this modest measure. Right now, we wait until someone kills another person with a gun to identify that particular individual who should not have guns.

Dean Shoemaker, Kent

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