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September 20, 2013 at 7:34 AM
Focus on mental healthRecent headlines regarding Aaron Alexis and Donnell D. Jackson have the same conclusions. [“Red flags before D.C. gunman’s first shot,” page one, Sept. 18,] and [“Fatal-stabbing suspect was ordered to mental hospital,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 18.]
The two men both had serious mental-health problems and, evidently, they were not getting the help needed for those problems.
Lawmakers and others focus on gun control, which may be needed. But no focus is given to the problems that beset many people, including these two.
I suggest that law changes need to put as much focus on helping people with mental illness as there is on gun control.
Further, it was not a gun but a knife that was used in the Seattle killing.
Edith Keenan, Lake Stevens
September 19, 2013 at 7:25 AM
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 pass the most sensible and barest of gun-safety regulations in the wake of the senseless massacre of a classroom of 6-year-olds at Christmastime. We are the nation that saw an uptick in the purchase of arms after that tragedy.
We are a nation that does not have adequate support for the mentally ill and their families.
We are the nation with the highest rate of gun violence by far in the developed world.
So, after each needless shooting death or injury of child, bystander or bus driver, each gun murder, each firearm-laced gang fight, each suicide by shooting, and now, with our flags at half mast yet again, I feel many things.
I feel anger. I feel deep sorrow. I feel fear, frustration, resignation, and even despair.
But I never feel stunned.
Michelle McClure, Bainbridge Island
September 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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 in Texas. His right to own firearms was not taken away, apparently.
Yesterday, he killed and wounded many people. This is a predictable outcome. We cannot allow people who have extreme anger issues, who have demonstrated their inability to safely handle firearms, to continue to possess them.
We have the D.C. victims’ blood on our hands. Shame.
Pete Rogerson, Seattle
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