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June 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Seattle Pacific University shootings: a bit of hope; the need for small clips

A bit of hope

After reading about shootings on other campuses, the report of the responses to the Seattle Pacific University shootings is actually a bit comforting [“Student stops campus killer,” Local News, June 5].

The shooter was subdued by a student monitor, using relatively benign pepper spray.

Although unaccustomed to fatal violence, the school had prepared for violent events such as this during previous months and had devised lockdown procedures that were seamlessly implemented.

If we assume that unforeseeable violence will happen, this appears to be an optimal reaction under the circumstances.

Mike Liles, Jr., Seattle

The need for small clips

The most important line in the story about the SPU shootings is that a smaller clip was crucial in preventing more deaths — the shooter’s need to stop and reload gave a brave young man precious moments to use his pepper spray and tackle the shooter.

Can we not all agree that at least smaller clips should be required, or larger clips be made illegal? This wouldn’t threaten gun ownership, but clearly can save lives when gun violence does occur. This is not rocket science, people.

Ellen Zarter, Bellevue

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