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October 30, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Marysville school shooting: Violent media are causing violence

I grew up in the 1950s and ’60s in small towns where hunting and shooting were common. Most families had one or more high-powered rifles, a shotgun, a pistol and often more. Most guns were not locked up. Kids could easily get their hands on plenty of firepower. But my classmates and I didn’t run amuck…


Comments | More in Marysville-Pilchuck High School school shootings | Topics: Carl Wilson, gun control, gun violence

June 11, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Allow government to protect citizens from gun violence

Americans need to wake up to the epidemic of gun violence [“At SPU, grief without despair,” Local News, June 7]. For too many years our elected representatives have been pushed around by the bullies in the National Rifle Association. The widespread availability of guns and the nuts who will use them in shootings, such…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun violence, Michael Crutcher, National Rifle Association

June 10, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Oregon school shooting: Come to senses on gun violence

The tragic shooting in Troutdale, Ore., is at least the fourth mass shooting in our nation in the last two weeks, the third involving a school ["Student, suspect dead in shooting at Oregon school," The Today File, June 10]. Seventy-four school shootings have now taken place in the approximately 18 months since the…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Curtis Taylor, gun violence, Newtown

June 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM

SPU shooting: An appreciation of faith

Thank you for a terrific article, “At SPU, grief without despair” [Local News, June 7]. It richly reveals the power of faith and prayer to uphold and affirm life and community amid tragedy and sorrow. The article also reflects an appreciation for Seattle Pacific University’s Christian identity in a way that models coverage for…


Comments | More in Seattle Pacific University shootings | Topics: christians, Church Council of Greater Seattle, faith

June 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Seattle Pacific University shootings: a bit of hope; the need for small clips

A bit of hope After reading about shootings on other campuses, the report of the responses to the Seattle Pacific University shootings is actually a bit comforting [“Student stops campus killer,” Local News, June 5]. The shooter was subdued by a student monitor, using relatively benign pepper spray. Although unaccustomed to fatal violence, the school had…


Comments | More in Seattle Pacific University shootings | Topics: Ellen Zarter, gun violence, Jr.

May 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Santa Barbara shootings: Close relations understand the mentally ill

A woman looks at the bullet holes in the window of IV Deli Mark in Isla Vista, Calif. (JAE C. HONG / AP)

There will be many second-guessing the police response regarding their interview of the Santa Barbara shooter [“Frantic parents of shooting suspect raced to police — too late,” Nation & World, May 26]. The ability to convince others of their kindness and goodness is a hallmark of sociopathic behavior, and of many abusers.

Behind every potentially violent person there is


Comments | More in Gun control, Mental illness | Topics: Cathy Aldrich, gun violence, mental illness

June 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Gun control in the United States

Background checks are necessary I feel lucky to live in America. We have freedoms people living in many other countries do not. Our freedoms, assured by our laws, are designed to enable citizens to live the best life possible while adhering to ethical principles the society as a whole agrees are “self evident.” The so-called freedom that…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: background check, Congress, crime