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SHOOTING: Gun critics wrong to exploit tragedy

Letter by Darren K. McDonald, Puyallup on Jan. 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm | 10 Comments »
January 9, 2012 1:21 pm

Re: “Rainier killing unlikely to prompt changes in law” (TNT, 1-8).

It is truly sad how the anti-gun lobby uses any firearm tragedy to stigmatize private firearm ownership.

The common thread between shootings at Mount Rainier and in Tucson, Ariz., should be the suspect’s mental health, not firearms. If the former soldier and the college student had gotten treatment for their problems, we may not be discussing firearms now. In both cases there were more than enough red flags to warrant intervention and treatment.

Our government’s quest to fund unsustainable budget projections has let our most vulnerable citizens slip through the cracks. These two stories are perfect examples of what is wrong with our health care system. Slashing medical care for the mentally ill and reducing police budgets will only make this problem worse.

Recently a widowed 18-year-old in Oklahoma successfully defended herself and her 3-month-old baby against two armed intruders. This is exactly what the National Rifle Association stands for: the ability to defend your family from harm.

To associate the NRA with the events of Mount Rainier and Arizona is nothing but pure anti-gun propaganda and a slap in the face to all law-abiding firearm owners.

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