Reports are telling the public that the latest teenage school shooting rampage was not one that fits the usual profile of a shooter [“Second victim in Marysville-Pilchuck shooting dies as community grieves,” Local News, Oct. 26]. The Marysville-Pilchuck High School student was well-liked and popular. His life wasn’t falling apart, like so many…More
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In his letter, Marshall Dunlap seems to know little about the U.S. Constitution, guns, self defense and criminals [“Background-check inconvenience worth it to keep guns from criminals,” Northwest Voices, Oct. 7]. He writes, “No one needs a gun, especially a handgun. …” Need is not mentioned in the Second Amendment, which states, “The right…More
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…More
This week, Americans learned of yet another shooting in a school, this time in Troutdale, Ore. [“Oregon high school graduates remember slain freshman,” Local News, June 13]. As we did after Sandy Hook and Seattle Pacific University, we will ask ourselves when will it be enough, and how can we stop these relentless murders?…More
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…More
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…More
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 theMore
Jerry Large is well-intentioned but off the mark [“Common sense calls for repeal of Second Amendment,” Local News, May 1]. The Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms, but explicitly for the purpose of maintaining a “well-regulated militia” — just read the text. It certainly does not allow crazy “guns everywhere” policies…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
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…More