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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Killing spree in Washington Navy Yard in D.C.

Shooter should have been prosecuted earlier

Aaron Alexis poses for a mug shot after being arrested on September 4, 2010 for discharging a firearm inside city limits, a Class A misdemeanor in Fort Worth, Texas. [Fort Worth Police Department via Getty Images]

Aaron Alexis poses for a mug shot after being arrested on Sept. 4, 2010 for discharging a firearm inside city limits. [Fort Worth Police Department via Getty Images]

In 2004, Aaron Alexis, the D.C. shooter, fired off his gun in Seattle in a fit of anger. [“D.C. killer shot out tires here in 2004,” page one, Sept. 17.]

For some strange and negligent reason, he was not prosecuted. In 2010, he “accidentally” fired a gun in his apartment in Texas. His right to own firearms was not taken away, apparently.

Yesterday, he killed and wounded many people. This is a predictable outcome. We cannot allow people who have extreme anger issues, who have demonstrated their inability to safely handle firearms, to continue to possess them.

We have the D.C. victims’ blood on our hands. Shame.

Pete Rogerson, Seattle

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