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November 3, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Gun control and I-594: Making our schools safer

As a mother, grandmother, teacher and concerned citizen, I plan on voting yes on Initiative 594 [“Law would punish family members sharing guns,” Northwest Voices, Oct. 25].   I joined Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America after the Sandy Hook school shooting. Having to decide in a split second whether to take…

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Comments | More in Election, Gun control | Topics: Danni Minteer, gun control, gun rights

November 1, 2014 at 9:05 AM

I-594 and Gun control: An automobile analogy

If you agree with the premise that Initiative 594 would save lives, then perhaps the next initiative should mandate the placement of a breathalyzer in every automobile in this state [“Mother of Sandy Hook victim joins I-594 push,” Local News, Oct. 27]. You don’t think every law-abiding citizen who drives a vehicle should have…

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Comments | More in Election, Gun control | Topics: Carleen Stephens, gun control, gun rights

October 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

I-594: Law would punish family members sharing guns

I support background checks for sale or transfer of firearms, but I cannot support Initiative 594 as presently written [“Gun-rights activist pushes I-591 to curb background checks,” Local News, Oct. 21]. Section 3 is flawed regarding transfer of firearms between family members and would create criminals out of innocent family members. When my son…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun control, gun rights, Initiative 591

October 17, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Gun control: Many shooters pass background checks

My mailbox assaulted me with a slick, expensive flyer funded by Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR) promoting Initiative 594, requiring background checks of all gun transfers, as if every gun owner was about to go crazy and shoot up a school [“Poll: Rival gun measures lose backing, but I-594 more popular,” Local…

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October 17, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Gun control: Gun registration is like car registration

Gun owners are objecting to Initiative 594 on the basis that they think it results in gun registration [“Poll: Rival gun measures lose backing, but I-594 more popular,” Local News, Oct. 13]. They seem to think it could result in their guns being seized for no reason. There is no record of that…

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October 8, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Gun control: I-594 needed to provide moral guidance

In Danny Westneat’s column “Checking gun sales a tough sell” [Local News, Oct. 7], a couple legally sells two assault-style rifles to a person they felt had a questionable background on two separate occasions. The wife then states “…we didn’t do anything wrong.” In a legal sense, I suppose not. But what about ethically?…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Danny Westneat, gun control, initiative 594

September 12, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Gun initiative I-594: Western Washington’s overreach

The initiative to expand background checks on gun sales on the ballot this fall in Washington (Initiative 594) is being supported by Bill and Melinda Gates, Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer with huge contributions [“The Ballmers give another quarter million to support I-594,” Politics Northwest, Sept. 9]. As if I needed more reasons…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: Bill and Melinda Gates, gun control, gun rights

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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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: David L. Paul, gun control, gun rights

December 18, 2013 at 6:26 AM

With gun rights comes gun-owner responsibility

As a former gun owner, I support Initiative 594

Gun violence victims and gun control advocates gather at Cornell Square Park to mark the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Dec. 14, Chicago. 13 people, including a three-year-old boy, were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a crowd gathered at the basketball courts in Cornell Square Park in September. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Gun violence victims and gun control advocates gather at Cornell Square Park to mark the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Dec. 14, Chicago. 13 people, including a three-year-old boy, were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a crowd gathered at the basketball courts in Cornell Square Park in September. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Thanks for the informative article regarding the gun summit organized by supporters of Initiative 594 [“Anniversary a call to action” page one, Dec. 13]. However, I believe the media coverage of this initiative misses the mark.

I-594 is not about gun control. Rather, it is about gun responsibility.

Alan Gottlieb is the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation and advocates for gun rights. I acknowledge his right to own guns. However, what about the rights of children to be safe at school?

With gun rights comes gun-owner responsibility. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg stated, “Gun owners are not the problem. In fact, they are the solution.” He stressed that gun owners voting for I-594 is the key to winning.

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: gun safety, I-594, initiative 594

September 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Initiative 594 gathers signatures

Second Amendment is outdated Initiative 594 has made me think about the Second Amendment, the National Rifle Association (NRA), which may be unmatched in fervor, focus and funding. [“Some signature-gatherers play both sides of gun campaign,” NW Thursday, Aug. 15.] Why did the Second Amendment come into existence? The Constitution sought first to deal with a debt…

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