Re: “Proposal treats symptoms, not causes” (letter, 2-14).
This letter has me scratching my head. It would seem that the writer’s solution to the problem of guns is to punish criminals after they have gotten a gun and committed a crime. Apparently the idea of preventing a criminal or mentally ill person from obtaining a gun is to be avoided at all costs.
Might I suggest another idea along that same line: Don’t allow the installation of fire hydrants until the house is on fire.
After years of working in McNeil Island, I am of the opinion that far too many criminals simply don’t think they will get caught or they have such an exaggerated expectation of what they are allowed to do that once they get their hands on a weapon it is too late. And then, the mentally ill are in a whole different world in many instances.