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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 21, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Mayor unveils gun-free program in Seattle businesses

Mayor should be out

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.]

Mayor Mike McGinn wants to make Seattle a gun-free zone. [“Business ‘gun free’ program launches,” page one, Aug. 19.]

Instead, Seattle should be a McGinn-free zone.

Mike Smyth, Bellevue

Unintended consequences

More unintended consequences from Mayor Mike McGinn.

“Gun-free zones” are intended to prevent crime. Instead, they encourage crime by disarming law-abiding citizens. They do nothing to stop criminals who, by definition, don’t care about the law.

Criminals are happy to know there won’t be any armed citizens to stand in their way.

Similarly, when Mayor McGinn caused gridlock all around the city by replacing car lanes with bike lanes, he probably exacerbated climate change by causing drivers to sit in traffic, emitting carbon dioxide.

It’s hard to imagine that enough commuters got out of their cars and onto their bicycles to offset the gridlock’s effect on emissions.

The man needs to do some critical thinking before implementing any more feel-good, counterproductive “solutions.”

Maggie Willson, Seattle

Where will it stop?

Now that Mayor Mike McGinn is providing stickers for business owners establishing gun-free business locations, will he be willing provide us with lawn signs saying that there are no guns in the residence?

Bob Burnside, Edmonds

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