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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Gun control
September 19, 2014 at 7:05 AM

I-594: Gun background checks won’t deter criminals

Supporters of Initiative 594 claim a study shows a supposed benefit of gun background checks. The premise is that I-594 “could have prevented those deaths because some of the guns used had been stolen…” They assert it “could prevent some questionable transactions and make it more difficult for criminals to get guns.” This is the logical…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: background checks, Bob Wiley, gun conrol

September 16, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I-594: Clearing up misperceptions about the gun initiative

Initiative 594 requiring background checks for gun sales is a good idea. In The Seattle Times article “Group: Study shows benefit of gun checks” [Local News, Sept. 12], Dave Workman speaks out against it with incorrect information. He said that “there’s no evidence that background checks would accomplish anything.” Yet, when Missouri rescinded its background…


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September 12, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Gun initiative I-594: Western Washington’s overreach

The initiative to expand background checks on gun sales on the ballot this fall in Washington (Initiative 594) is being supported by Bill and Melinda Gates, Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer with huge contributions ["The Ballmers give another quarter million to support I-594," Politics Northwest, Sept. 9]. As if I needed more reasons…


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August 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

What we can learn from the Uzi tragedy

Firing-range instructor Charles Vacca shows a 9-year old girl how to use an Uzi. Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop range in Arizona when the girl squeezed the trigger, causing the Uzi to recoil upward and shoot Vacca. Photo: Mohave County Sheriff Department.

Teach children that weapons are not the answer The U.S. and world face multitudinous complex problems of our own making. Among these is our increasing reliance on weaponry to solve both domestic and international conflicts. Teaching young children who lack cognitive capability, coordination and strength how to use weapons is one of the problems [“9-year-old…


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August 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Background checks: Punishes those who appeal gun purchases

Jim Brady and his wife, Sarah, worked tirelessly to pass the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act ["Honor James Brady by taking real action on gun violence," Opinion, Aug. 8]. As far as I can ascertain, many claims of accomplishment are made about this law but groups and organizations who support it never mention…


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August 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Gun control: Wrong to equate guns and cars because they serve different purposes

Nicholas Kristof’s column in The Seattle Times drew ridiculous analogies between automobile regulation and gun regulation ["Our blind spot about guns," Opinion, Aug. 2]. Of 30,000-plus deaths each year caused by automobiles, few can be classified as intentional. Moreover, there are no features of automobiles that are intended to cause death. Conversely, discussions of cartridges…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun control, gun rights, Nicholas Kristof

July 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Gun control: Get rational about background checks

I had to read the letter to the editor featured in the Friday paper twice to make sure it wasn’t being satirical [“I-594 is the repressive anti-gun legislation,” Northwest voices, July 10]. It claims that it would be an oppressive, anti-gun proposal to require background checks on all gun purchasers. Why is this? Because…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: background checks, Corlan Carlson, gun control

July 10, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Gun control: I-594 is the repressive anti-gun legislation

The Seattle Times’ editorial “Competing gun measures: yes on I-594; no on I-591” [Opinion, July 5] got the recommendation for Washington state’s voters reversed. Washington voters should vote yes on Initiative 591 and no on Initiative 594. Here is why in a nutshell: I-594 is poorly written and potentially would make criminals of most…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: David L. Paul, gun control, gun rights

July 8, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Gun violence: Install security checkpoints in buildings to prevent shootings

David Stone’s guest column “How to prevent more school shootings” [Opinion, June 28] leaves unaddressed what can to be done to prevent gun shooting deaths and maimings in schools, colleges and businesses. It focuses solely on pie-in-the-sky dreams to get state legislatures (including our own) to tighten laws regarding commitment of mentally ill…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Akiva Kenny Segan, David Stone, gun control

July 8, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Gun control: Fix the root problems of emotional pain and hostility

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Referencing David R. Stone’s guest column ["How to prevent more school shootings," Opinion, June 28], we could make every effort at gun control and providing psychiatric care for the mentally ill among us without making much of a dent in the statistics. Without addressing the core causes of endemic emotional pain and hostility in this once incredibly prosperous country, this trend will continue. Bureaucratic fixes have nothing to do with


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: David R. Stone, gun control, Jan Thompsen

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