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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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July 10, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Gun control: I-594 is the repressive anti-gun legislation

The Seattle Times’ editorial “Competing gun measures: yes on I-594; no on I-591” [Opinion, July 5] got the recommendation for Washington state’s voters reversed. Washington voters should vote yes on Initiative 591 and no on Initiative 594. Here is why in a nutshell: I-594 is poorly written and potentially would make criminals of most…

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July 8, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Gun violence: Install security checkpoints in buildings to prevent shootings

David Stone’s guest column “How to prevent more school shootings” [Opinion, June 28] leaves unaddressed what can to be done to prevent gun shooting deaths and maimings in schools, colleges and businesses. It focuses solely on pie-in-the-sky dreams to get state legislatures (including our own) to tighten laws regarding commitment of mentally ill…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Akiva Kenny Segan, David Stone, gun control

June 18, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Gun control: Change society’s morals

There are reported killings in this country by Americans with guns almost weekly ["Second Amendment changes needed," Northwest Voices, June 13]. Sadly, classmates kill their classmates in our schools. The Democrats cry out for gun control as the solution to stop the barbarous killing. I’m a member of America’s Greatest Generation whose young men…

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June 17, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Gun control: Clearing misinformation around gun rights

The debate over gun control has devolved into an exchange of misinformation ["Second Amendment changes needed," Northwest Voices, June 13]. Here are the facts: First, the majority of Americans — including National Rifle Association members — do actually support common-sense gun regulation. Second, simple possession of a firearm does not make you safer. Third, regulations do…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, District of Columbia v. Heller, gun control

June 16, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Gun control: Don’t use legislation smokescreen, solve society’s problems instead

It is tragic to see that there have been more than 30 school shootings this year. However, the knee-jerk reaction that gun-control legislation would solve the problem misses the mark on several levels ["Second Amendment changes needed," Northwest Voices, June 13]. I am not a gun owner nor do I currently belong to the…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Gerry Bowlby, gun control, gun rights

June 9, 2014 at 12:49 PM

SPU shooting: Outlaw gun ownership

So supporters of one interpretation of the Second Amendment believe that we need guns because the Founding Fathers thought we needed to defend ourselves against a tyrannous government ["Join the NRA; The role of state militias," Northwest Voices, June 8]. Wrong. Once again, this time at Seattle Pacific University, we learn that we need…

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June 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Gun rights: Join the NRA; The role of state militias

Join the NRA, to redirect its mission

It is evident our lawmakers, cowering in the corner from the wrath of the NRA, will do nothing to impede the acquisition of guns, thereby reducing now commonplace mass random killings [“Open carry supporters in Texas take issue with NRA,” Nation & World, June 3].

So, we as citizens must take action and neuter the NRA’s influence.

How? The NRA currently has 4.3 million members. The annual dues for membership is $25. If 4.5 million advocates for sane gun-control legislation join the NRA immediately, we would have the power to take over the organization and redirect or eliminate its political influence.

In comparison to the $4,000 per year I spend on car and home insurance, I’d say $25 a year to feel safer and to ensure common-sense gun policies that prevent or reduce the likelihood of another Seattle Pacific University or Sandy Hook is a real bargain.

I’m joining the NRA today. How about you?

T. Skylar Tennent, Tacoma

The role of state militias

A recent letter writer claimed that gun rights can only be understood if one reads the

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Fred Armstrong, gun rights, militias

June 4, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Gun rights: Federalist Papers present complete story of intent of Constitution’s framers

The column “What did the framers really mean?” [Opinion, May 28] really captured my interest. I particularly found fault with the lack of columnist Joe Nocera’s failure to even mention the founders’ letters, “The Federalist Papers,” covering this very subject. The letters describe in detail their very strong feelings and deep concerns on the…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: constitution, Fred Mackaman, gun control

May 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Gun rights: Times have changed since the creation of the Second Amendment

My thanks to Times columnist Jerry Large for his common sense call for repeal of the Second Amendment [“Common sense calls for repeal of Second Amendment,” Local News, May 1]. It begins with “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state …” These phrases have been thought to…

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