National Rifle Association needs to step up It is time for the membership of the National Rifle Association (NRA) to step up. Their leadership has not represented the views of the more than 70 percent of the membership said to favor background checks such as those recently proposed in gun-control legislation. Twenty-five of the 76 leadership positions…More
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Background checks should be instantaneous Instantaneous background checks during gun purchases is a good idea, but I will not support the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s (WALFGUR) petition to require it for many private transfers. [“Advocates unveil gun background-check initiative,” NW Wednesday, June 12] Their initiative is not about background checks. It’s about increasing the waiting period…More
Obama acts hypocriticallyPresident Obama must not know the meaning of irony or hypocrisy. He said recently while in Mexico that the United States was partially responsible for the amount of gun crime down there [“Obama: Security relationship with Mexico to evolve,” seattletimes.com, May 2]. This may be true, but certainly to a lesser extent than…More
Willful ignorance? Jared Nieuwenhuis’ defense of the video-game industry contained many useful reminders [“Don’t blame gun violence on the video-game industry,” Opinion, March 18]. Not all video games, for example, are violent. And games are now being explored as tools for supporting learning, problem-solving or civic engagement. The main problem is his statement that “There is no…More
The public wants regulation I am, once again, deeply disappointed in our lawmakers not passing the gun bill that would have required universal background checks [“Bill to boost gun checks falls short in state House,” page one, March 13]. Opponents of this bill claim that universal background checks don’t work, although there is evidence to the…More
Passing legislation requires more optimism Since I cannot come up with a polite word for how I really feel, I will just say I am quite frustrated [“Bill to boost gun checks falls short in state House,” page one, March 13].To the Democrats who “conceded defeat,” if you step into a problem believing that to…More