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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

December 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Don’t create more regulations for responsible gun owners

Lance Dickie’s opinion is a bit … silly [“Hopeful progress on gun violence and homelessness,” Opinion, Dec. 20].

The Sandy Hook massacre was done with weapons purchased after a dealer check and available to the family member. The shooter in Virginia used a handgun purchased after a dealer check.

So tell us again: how more checks would make us feel all warm and fuzzy? Oh, and Dickie says I-594 “may well prevent innocent blood from being spilled.” Yes, and if I wrap my grandchild in bubble-wrap next time I drive them somewhere, that “may” protect him or her from being injured if I have a collision. Let’s go back to Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealer checks.

What did the two aforementioned shooters have in common? They had mental problems and were under treatment. HIPPA rules prevented this fact from being placed into their files. Further, the Colorado shooter was not turned in because the doctor feared professional repercussions. The shooter was quite likely insane at the time.

Yeah, what we need is more restrictions on sane responsible gun owners. Oh well, I suppose another feel-good law can’t hurt and the FFL dealers would of course do this check for free.

 — Marvin Woody, Port Orchard

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