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October 29, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Marysville school shooting: How to prevent this from happening again

A comprehensive study on school shootings found common threads. Most shooters are male, most had been bullied and “over two-thirds of the attackers acquired the (unsecured) gun (or guns) used in their attacks from their own home or that of a relative.”

In my opinion, the conclusion we should draw is that gun owners need to secure their weapons. I support gun registration, in closing the loopholes to registration and in stepping up laws and enforcement to reduce “straw purchases.” We can do all of that and none of it would reduce school shootings if guns continue to be available to children [“5 Marysville school friends invited to lunch, then shot, sheriff says,” Local News, Oct. 27].

It is just nuts that kids who are too young to drive or buy a beer have access to guns. Tighten registration, raise the minimum age of gun ownership to 21, hold gun owners accountable when their unsecured guns are used to commit a crime and address bullying as a serious and unacceptable assault. 

Brian Wright, Seattle

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