Follow us:

Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

June 9, 2014 at 12:49 PM

SPU shooting: Outlaw gun ownership

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?

Will you?

Michael W. Shurgot, Seattle

Comments | More in Seattle Pacific University shootings | Topics: gun control, gun rights, Michael W. Shurgot

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►