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August 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM
The letter to the editor from Ian King is silly. [“Northwest Voices: Cutlery ban?” Opinion, Aug. 26.]
Cutlery is only dangerous at very close range, while guns can be used from a distance. Drive-by shootings and bank robberies use guns. I have not heard of a drive-by cutlery robbery.
King does not seem to appreciate the serious situation that Mayor Mike McGinn is addressing.
Michael Clarke, Redmond
August 27, 2013 at 7:05 PM
The power of the purse
I congratulate Mayor Mike McGinn for the idea of gun-free business in Seattle. [“Business ‘gun free’ program launches,” page one, Aug. 19.]
I personally will limit my shopping to those businesses to the greatest degree possible.
Fortunately, most of us know the difference between voluntary compliance and a ban on guns. The power of the purse will be a determining factor.
If I am out hunting or target practicing, a gun is appropriate, but just to show how tough I am by carrying one around so I can lay it out on the table or in my waistband is inviting trouble.
Vicki Decker, Bothell
August 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM
Silly and self-serving
In these very pages, I read with horror the news accounts of people being stabbed, in some instances fatally. Oh, what can we do, what can we do? [“Business ‘gun free’ program launches,” page one, Aug. 19.]
I call upon all restaurants, pubs and other establishments serving non-finger-food to join a voluntary ban of all cutlery. Knives are of course obvious weapons, but merely removing edged implements is not enough. Forks can be pretty nasty, and it is not uncommon to have two or more forks at each place setting. I leave it to your imagination just how brutal one can be with a spoon, especially the dauntingly large soup spoon. Call the new program, “Fingers-Only Zone.”
Does this sound silly? No sillier than the mayor’s politically self-serving bombast about a voluntary gun ban.
I do not find it surprising that he did not let the City Council in on the joke, as hopefully at least one member would have tried to stop him from humiliating our city yet again.
Do we really have to wait until November for a new Mayor?
Ian King, Seattle
August 21, 2013 at 7:26 AM
Mayor should be out
Mayor Mike McGinn wants to make Seattle a gun-free zone. [“Business ‘gun free’ program launches,” page one, Aug. 19.]
Instead, Seattle should be a McGinn-free zone.
Mike Smyth, Bellevue
More unintended consequences from Mayor Mike McGinn.
“Gun-free zones” are intended to prevent crime. Instead, they encourage crime by disarming law-abiding citizens. They do nothing to stop criminals who, by definition, don’t care about the law.
Criminals are happy to know there won’t be any armed citizens to stand in their way.
Similarly, when Mayor McGinn caused gridlock all around the city by replacing car lanes with bike lanes, he probably exacerbated climate change by causing drivers to sit in traffic, emitting carbon dioxide.
It’s hard to imagine that enough commuters got out of their cars and onto their bicycles to offset the gridlock’s effect on emissions.
The man needs to do some critical thinking before implementing any more feel-good, counterproductive “solutions.”
Maggie Willson, Seattle
Where will it stop?
Now that Mayor Mike McGinn is providing stickers for business owners establishing gun-free business locations, will he be willing provide us with lawn signs saying that there are no guns in the residence?
Bob Burnside, Edmonds
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