The irony of our state legislators follows in the vein of a recent legal decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Our state legislators create a ban on open-carrying firearm protesters in order to do their job in safety. The ban fails to protect other elected officials during local city and county meetings [“Battle…More
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I want to thank Lt. Gov. Brad Owen for banning open carrying of guns in the viewing area of the state Senate chamber [“State Senate bans openly carried guns in public gallery,” Local News, Jan. 17). This is a good, small step in the right direction. The Times article first stated as his reason…More
Whenever tragedies like last week’s unintentional shooting of a Lake Stevens 3-year-old occurs, we ask ourselves, “How this could have been prevented?” [“Parents of Lake Stevens boy shot in mouth had argued about guns in home,” Local News, Nov. 24] However, given that firearms are found in more than one-third of children’s homes…More
I reviewed you article “Loaded with lead” [Times Investigation, Oct. 17] based on my background as a shooter and a person educated in chemistry, toxicology and engineering.
We don’t have a leaded-bullet problem but a government and range owner/manager problem.
The efforts of federal and state agencies involving lead ammunition in shooting range safety need toMore
The gun-control initiative is touted as a tool for keeping guns out of the wrong hands [“I-594 is the right tool to keep guns out of the wrong hands,” Opinion, Oct. 3]. But, actually, it would benefit no one other than black-market gun dealers, licensed gun dealers and government agencies who would collect…More
No one needs a gun, especially a handgun. The idea that a handgun is essential for self protection is a myth. If someone is pointing a gun at you then it’s too late for you to pull yours out on them. A handgun is worthless for hunting. What exactly is the objection to conducting a background…More
Teach children that weapons are not the answer The U.S. and world face multitudinous complex problems of our own making. Among these is our increasing reliance on weaponry to solve both domestic and international conflicts. Teaching young children who lack cognitive capability, coordination and strength how to use weapons is one of the problems [“9-year-old…More
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…More
Good God! If we Christians believe we need to carry guns to our places of worship [“Georgia’s sweeping new law allows guns into churches, bars,” Nation/World, April 24], perhaps we should check our scriptures and be reminded that God has declared that we are saved “Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit.”…More
Follow the money I am very weary of the articles on guns and gun violence because no one talks about the key issue: the dollars that companies in the United States earn by selling weapons and ammunition. [“Obama pushes gun control at Navy Yard memorial,” News, September 23.] President Obama asked recently why other countries such…More