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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 Yet, when Missouri rescinded its background…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

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…

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

April 17, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Marijuana: Pot industry background checks encourage illicit activity

Two of the biggest arguments for marijuana legalization are keeping it out kids’ hands, and keeping the business out of criminals’ hands. The two are closely related. A liquor store can lose its license if it sells liquor to minors, but a pot dealer has no such disincentive. I see that the state is going to…

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: background checks, feds, Howard Hance

June 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Gun control in the United States

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…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: background checks, gun control, gun safety

June 18, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Background checks for gun purchasers

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…

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Comments | Topics: background checks, firearms, gun control

May 7, 2013 at 7:34 AM

President Obama to help Mexico fight drug and gun trafficking

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…

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Comments | More in Foreign policy, Gun control | Topics: background checks, gun control, Mexico

March 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Video-games and gun violence

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…

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Comments | Topics: background checks, gun control, video games

March 17, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Dems concede on background-checks bill

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…

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Comments | More in Firearms, Gun control, Washington Legislature | Topics: background checks

March 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Bill requiring background checks for gun sales defeated in state House

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…

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Comments | More in Firearms, Gun control, Washington Legislature | Topics: background checks, Jamie Pedersen