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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 23, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Mayor McGinn encourages Seattle businesses to go gun-free

Prevent unnecessary deaths

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.]

I listened to a radio talk-show host who was critical of Seattle’s Mayor Mike McGinn for advocating that businesses establish a gun-free store environment. [“Business ‘gun free’ program launches,” page one, Aug. 19.]

The radio host expressed concern that a criminal would be more likely to rob a publicly gun-free store than a store where guns were permitted. I agree with this point. However, he misses the bigger picture.

A large percentage of gun deaths are caused by unplanned and spontaneous incidents where participants let emotion trump reason and decided to use a gun. Numerous examples include store customers literally fighting over who will be first to purchase the most popular item.

Arguments could take place at football games, public parks, cocktail bars and other venues where conflicts and emotions can run high. I support the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms for protection when the use of a gun is a last resort.

The possession of guns in public venues where emotions can run high could cause numerous unnecessary deaths. I support the mayor’s position.

Stanley Graves, Lynnwood

Bravery and common sense

Thank you, Mayor Mike McGinn, Washington CeaseFire and the businesses that are posting “Gun Free Zone” decals now and who will post them in the future.

It’s very brave of you to stand up to an armed constituency. Fortunately, you have some serious power in your arsenal: common sense.

Your vision of a healthy, peaceful Seattle without guns in stores makes sense to me. I’ll take my business to places that don’t allow guns.

What are people who carry guns into coffee shops afraid of, anyway — not enough chocolate in their mochas?

Karen Yellman, Bellevue

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