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April 23, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Federal Way shooting and gun control failure in state Legislature,Congress

A police officer collecting evidence at the Federal Way shooting scene carries a shotgun, a dictionary and a copy of a book, “Fight Back and Win: What to Do When You Feel Cheated or Wronged.” (Photo by Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

A police officer collecting evidence at the Federal Way shooting scene carries a shotgun, a dictionary and a copy of a book, “Fight Back and Win: What to Do When You Feel Cheated or Wronged.” (Photo by Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

Federal Way shootings turned my thoughts back to gun control. According to The Seattle Times news story, witnesses were hunted down and killed by the gunman after he shot his girlfriend. He had a history of domestic violence.

After the Aurora movie theater shooting, the Colorado state Legislature passed a bill that would have stopped domestic abusers from purchasing guns. The state also closed the gun-show loophole that allows buyers to get around undergoing a background check.

A bill to expand background checks failed in Washington state. Read our March editorial calling out lawmakers for favoring gun lobbyists over the people of Washington state, who overwhelmingly support the measure.

Here is some more food for thought from opinion writers:

  • Syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne called Congressional rejection of background checks “reprehensible” in a Tuesday column.
  • U.S. attorney Jenny Durkan, who grew up around guns, wrote a February guest column saying the laws on the books are not enough to protect the public from gun violence.
  • Cheryl Stumbo, who survived the Jewish Federation shooting in Seattle, calls for responsible gun ownership in a February guest column.

Update 9:15 a.m.:

  • Our readers also had some thoughts on the U.S. Senate failing to pass a bill to require universal background checks. Read letters in our Northwest Voices blog from Wayne J. Wolfe of Federal Way and Todd Croteau of Mill Creek.

Comments | Topics: gun control


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