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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Gun control
October 14, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Gun control: Pro I-594 view is not grounded in the Constitution

In his letter, Marshall Dunlap seems to know little about the U.S. Constitution, guns, self defense and criminals [“Background-check inconvenience worth it to keep guns from criminals,” Northwest Voices, Oct. 7]. He writes, “No one needs a gun, especially a handgun. …” Need is not mentioned in the Second Amendment, which states, “The right…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Bob Langenbach, constitution, gun control

October 8, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Gun control: I-594 needed to provide moral guidance

In Danny Westneat’s column “Checking gun sales a tough sell” [Local News, Oct. 7], a couple legally sells two assault-style rifles to a person they felt had a questionable background on two separate occasions. The wife then states “…we didn’t do anything wrong.” In a legal sense, I suppose not. But what about ethically?…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Danny Westneat, gun control, initiative 594

October 7, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Gun control: Background-check inconvenience worth it to keep guns from criminals

No one needs a gun, especially a handgun. The idea that a handgun is essential for self protection is a myth. If someone is pointing a gun at you then it’s too late for you to pull yours out on them. A handgun is worthless for hunting. What exactly is the objection to conducting a background…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, gun control, guns

October 6, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Mental illness: Move beyond stigma of violence

Thank you for your inclusion of Jennifer Stuber’s guest column “Focus on suicide prevention to reduce gun deaths” [Opinion, Oct. 1]. Stuber’s column invites us to question the ways in which widespread stigmas about mental illness and its relationship to violence have powerful personal, social and political impacts. The current debate about firearm background checks focuses…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun control, mental illness, Mollie Gabrys-Lake

October 3, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Gun control: Focus on I-594 before addressing larger issue of gun violence

It is unfortunate that in the final weeks before the November election, guest columnist Jennifer Stuber is dismissive of Initiative 594, which would close the gun-show and Internet loophole by requiring all gun sellers, not just those who are federally licensed, to check whether a person who wants to buy a gun is prohibited by…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Deirdre Gabbay, gun control, I-591

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…

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

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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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Bill and Melinda Gates, gun control, gun rights

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