So supporters of one interpretation of the Second Amendment believe that we need guns because the Founding Fathers thought we needed to defend ourselves against a tyrannous government [“Join the NRA; The role of state militias,” Northwest Voices, June 8].
Wrong. Once again, this time at Seattle Pacific University, we learn that we need not fear the federal government but rather crazed individuals who, because of lax gun laws, have access to weapons of mass destruction [“At faith-based Seattle Pacific University, grief without despair,” Local News, June 7]. As the cartoon character Pogo famously quipped, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
When will we learn that the only solution to this madness is outlawing individual gun ownership? Killers such as the one at SPU do not constitute a militia; they constitute a mob of lunatics who willingly slaughter the innocent to pursue a deranged sense of justice.
When such people have access to weapons, no one among us is safe. We all live in a national lottery: Who will be the next victims of mass shootings in this murderous society? In what city? Which school? How many victims? One, four, 10, 20? Your child? My grandchild? Will anyone in the NRA care?
Michael W. Shurgot, Seattle