Letters to the Editor

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Tag: colorado shooting

July
23rd

TNT: Photo of child with gun inappropriate

You cannot imagine my shock and disgust to open the paper and see a picture of a child behind a machine gun! Even if it was innocuously labeled “Kids’ Boot Camp” at JBLM , The News Tribune’s choice to publish that particular photo (TNT, 7-20) was disturbing.

Haven’t we heard enough about the dangers of guns and children lately? The timing of course was unfortunate, although there was no way to anticipate the horrendous tragedy of the shooting in Colorado. While I support the right of people to own a gun, I also support the need for gun control laws.

No

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July
23rd

SHOOTING: Media should put it into perspective

The graphic on Saturday’s page A22 (TNT, 7-21) entitled “U.S. mass shootings since 1999” painted a grim picture of gun violence, and will undoubtedly foster (intentionally or otherwise) the anti-gun agenda of the Brady Campaign from which the graphic originated. My heart goes out to the families of all of the victims. This was indeed a senseless tragedy.

But those statistics are misleading.

Perhaps a better graphic would have been to overlay the mass shootings (which totaled 207 for those 14 years) with the number of people killed by drunk drivers during a 14-year period from 1997-2010. Readers might be

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July
20th

SHOOTING: Don’t give so much publicity

I support the First Amendment, but damn the free press. If it “bleeds-it-reads,” and the blood flowed in Colorado. Accordingly, the press finds itself in an orgasmic moment.

What sicko, seeing all this attention accorded one of their own, would not want the same? How long will it take for a repeat? Why can we not relegate this “news” to a middle page?