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August 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Mayor encourages Seattle businesses to go gun-free

Silly and self-serving

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn (pictured here in July) unveiled a program Monday to encourage Seattle businesses to go “gun free” by not allowing customers to carry firearms inside their establishments. [Mike Siegel, The Seattle Times.]

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn (pictured here in July) unveiled a program Monday to encourage Seattle businesses to go “gun free” by not allowing customers to carry firearms inside their establishments. [Mike Siegel, The Seattle Times.]

In these very pages, I read with horror the news accounts of people being stabbed, in some instances fatally. Oh, what can we do, what can we do? [“Business ‘gun free’ program launches,” page one, Aug. 19.]

I call upon all restaurants, pubs and other establishments serving non-finger-food to join a voluntary ban of all cutlery. Knives are of course obvious weapons, but merely removing edged implements is not enough. Forks can be pretty nasty, and it is not uncommon to have two or more forks at each place setting. I leave it to your imagination just how brutal one can be with a spoon, especially the dauntingly large soup spoon. Call the new program, “Fingers-Only Zone.”

Does this sound silly? No sillier than the mayor’s politically self-serving bombast about a voluntary gun ban.

I do not find it surprising that he did not let the City Council in on the joke, as hopefully at least one member would have tried to stop him from humiliating our city yet again.

Do we really have to wait until November for a new Mayor?

Ian King, Seattle

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