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February 12, 2015 at 5:51 PM

Open-carry guns: Legislature taking a page from Supreme Court’s book

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…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: First Amendment, Glenda Tecklenburg, guns

January 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Guns in Senate viewing area: Ban all open carrying of guns

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…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun control, guns, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen

December 1, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Gun violence: Parents should take steps to protect children from guns in homes

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…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Amanda Turner, gun control, guns

October 31, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Loaded with lead: We don’t have a lead bullet problem, just a government problem

Patrons line up in the booths inside Champion Arms Shooting Range in Kent on Aug. 8. (MARCUS YAM / The Seattle Times)

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 to


Comments | More in Guns | Topics: Allan Schneider, ammunition, gun ranges

October 7, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Gun control: Background-check inconvenience worth it to keep guns from criminals

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…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, gun control, guns

August 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

What we can learn from the Uzi tragedy

Firing-range instructor Charles Vacca shows a 9-year old girl how to use an Uzi. Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop range in Arizona when the girl squeezed the trigger, causing the Uzi to recoil upward and shoot Vacca. Photo: Mohave County Sheriff Department.

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…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun control, guns, Uzi

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…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun control, gun rights, guns

April 27, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Guns in church: Scripture doesn’t call for ‘might’ nor ‘power’

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.”…


Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Book of Daniel, E. Fleury Lambert, God

September 27, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Obama talks gun control after mass shooting

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…


Comments | More in Economy, Gun control | Topics: gun control, guns, Navy Yard Memorial

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