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Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 23, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Senate rejects bill on gun-background checks

Public’s lack of trust in government is justified

Simply put, the public no longer trusts our government to keep its word [“Culture, mistrust killed gun control effort,” page one, April 21]. Trusting that no one will use the background-check list to round up weapons is really an act of faith. I, for one, do not share that faith.

For too long, the elected officials of this state have ignored the public will. Using the excuse of doing what is in the “best interest of the public” has eroded the confidence that they will not use lawyers and courts to later overturn unwanted initiatives, that they will not pass taxes and increase fees for expensive projects that the public has voted no on.

Any trust that our elected officials will be good stewards that will keep their words misplaced. Our own present Gov. Jay Inslee has changed his mind already on issues that he spoke so loudly on to get elected.

So, for those who say that Congress should pass background checks for honest citizens and trust that a list will not be used to round up the weapons someday: Forget about it.

Wayne J. Wolf, Federal Way

Citizens must take some responsibility to protect themselves

While I personally believe that background checks for firearms purchases are sensible in most circumstances, I don’t need the government or any one else to protect me from myself [“Even one life saved makes legislation worthwhile,” Northwest Voices, April 19].

I am an adult and completely able to make my own decisions regarding my safety and well-being. Anyone who abdicates these responsibilities to the government will get what they asked for and more, a reduction in personal freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution.

Government cannot protect every citizen from every danger present in a modern society. The responsibility rests with the citizens to be diligent and safety-conscious while pursuing their daily activities. Those who act outside of societal norms and become a danger to others should be punished to the full extent of the existing laws.

To expect that the government bureaucracy can or will effectively protect you from yourself is naiveté at best.

Todd Croteau, Mill Creek

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