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Category: Gun control
April 7, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Fort Hood shootings: What’s the point of investigating mass shootings if no action is taken?

Today’s shooting at Fort Hood compelled me to ask why we even bother to investigate gun violence incidents [“Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment,” Nation & World]. After all, we never do anything with the information after all the investigations are completed. Cynically, one could say, “We could save millions of wasted taxpayer…

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0 Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: fort hood, Mark J. Suryan, mass shootings

January 7, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Background checks: Those with mental illnesses should not have guns

With the mass slayings by people with mental illnesses we need to endorse background checks as proposed by President Obama [“Obama proposes firearm background check changes,” News, Jan. 3]. Preventing murder, even with an insanity defense, is a high moral value notably seen in the Ten Commandments.

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0 Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: mental illness, National Alliance on Mental Illness, President Obama

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…

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December 18, 2013 at 6:26 AM

With gun rights comes gun-owner responsibility

As a former gun owner, I support Initiative 594

Gun violence victims and gun control advocates gather at Cornell Square Park to mark the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Dec. 14, Chicago. 13 people, including a three-year-old boy, were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a crowd gathered at the basketball courts in Cornell Square Park in September. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Gun violence victims and gun control advocates gather at Cornell Square Park to mark the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Dec. 14, Chicago. 13 people, including a three-year-old boy, were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a crowd gathered at the basketball courts in Cornell Square Park in September. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Thanks for the informative article regarding the gun summit organized by supporters of Initiative 594 [“Anniversary a call to action” page one, Dec. 13]. However, I believe the media coverage of this initiative misses the mark.

I-594 is not about gun control. Rather, it is about gun responsibility.

Alan Gottlieb is the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation and advocates for gun rights. I acknowledge his right to own guns. However, what about the rights of children to be safe at school?

With gun rights comes gun-owner responsibility. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg stated, “Gun owners are not the problem. In fact, they are the solution.” He stressed that gun owners voting for I-594 is the key to winning.

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September 27, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Obama talks gun control after mass shooting

Follow the money I am very weary of the articles on guns and gun violence because no one talks about the key issue: the dollars that companies in the United States earn by selling weapons and ammunition. [“Obama pushes gun control at Navy Yard memorial,” News, September 23.] President Obama asked recently why other countries such…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Gun control | Topics: gun control, guns, Navy Yard Memorial

September 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Starbucks amends gun policy

Take a stand Howard Schultz needs to take a stand one way or the other. [“Starbucks’ gun policy: Please don’t bring them,” page one, Sept. 19.] You can’t please everyone. Schultz needs to decide: Are guns in or out at his stores? Starbucks is a gathering place for many families and friends, many with children. Would he…

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0 Comments | More in Business, Gun control, Politics, Seattle | Topics: business, guns, policy

September 23, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Gun-free zones in Seattle

Gun-free zones are dangerous The establishment of gun-free zones on public property has invited demented individuals to transform them into killing grounds in order to massacre their defenseless occupants. One must conclude that those areas attract hopeful killers for that very reason. The locations of the last three mass shootings, Fort Hood, Sandy Hook Elementary School, and…

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0 Comments | More in Gun control, Politics, Public safety | Topics: gun control, gun-free zones, mass shootings

September 21, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Gun laws in Washington

Feeling unsafe While I was in a public library the other day, I observed an individual entering the library with a firearm on his hip. I asked the librarian about this, and she replied that state law allows firearms to be carried in all public places, including public libraries. The libraries are full of young children. Their parents…

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0 Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun control, gun rights, public places

September 19, 2013 at 7:25 AM

13 dead in mass shooting at Washington’s Navy Yard

Sadly not stunned I was struck by the headline in Tuesday’s paper that described our capital as “stunned” by the mass shooting at the Navy Yard, since being stunned usually implies that one does not expect something to have happened. [“Killing spree stuns nation’s capital,” page one, Sept. 17.] We are the nation that could not…

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0 Comments | More in Gun control, Politics | Topics: aaron alexis, d.c., navy yard

September 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Killing spree in Washington Navy Yard in D.C.

Shooter should have been prosecuted earlier In 2004, Aaron Alexis, the D.C. shooter, fired off his gun in Seattle in a fit of anger. [“D.C. killer shot out tires here in 2004,” page one, Sept. 17.] For some strange and negligent reason, he was not prosecuted. In 2010, he “accidentally” fired a gun in his apartment…

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0 Comments | More in Gun control, Politics, Seattle | Topics: aaron alexis, D.C. shooter, firearms

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