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Tag: gun control


GUNS: I-594 a step in the right direction

Washington state has taken a step in the right direction towards having a serious conversation about the escalation of gun violence in our country. We lead the world in gun violence causing the deaths of children and teens. In 2010, 2,694 youth lost their lives and 15,576 were critically injured by gun violence – the leading cause of death among African American youth and the second leading cause of death for children of any race. Our kids are 17 times more likely to be killed by a firearm than teens in other countries and are 10 times more likely to

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MENTAL HEALTH: Early intervention should be priority

At this time, uncertainties cloud the facts regarding the mental health of Jaylen Fryberg prior to the Marysville-Pilchuck shooting. Many assert that Jaylen Fryberg did not have a mental illness – he was “outgoing,” “homecoming prince,” and “athletic.” However, there is much more understanding and complexity to mental illness than meets the public eye. It is fundamental that we begin to reevaluate our perception of mental health in formative ways.

Addressing the issue of gun violence in school settings goes beyond gun control. Additional factors we must address include prevention and early, proactive efforts in monitoring the mental health of youth

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I-594: Gun initiative complicated, unnecessary

Re: “Writer mistaken about gun initiative” (letter, 7-27).

This writer’s discussion about the gun control initiative demonstrates everything that is wrong with this legislation and thinking.

Just reading his response shows you just how complicated and unnecessary this proposed initiative is. Every time this comes up, it is couched in terms of “gun safety.” They say it isn’t gun control, but it is.

Show me a factual study how gun control legislation has had a dramatic influence on those in our society who are either mentally disturbed or criminals. Show me how many times a law-abiding citizen has gone

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SYRIA: Administration isn’t up to this challenge

Syria has been asking for it for 30 some years at least, but this is the only time I’m in favor of gun control: The Obama administration cannot be trusted to effectively fight this war.

Look at its past history of Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS and NSA scandals, the train wreck of Obamacare and the narrowly dodged wreck of gun control. I would not trust these guys to honestly or efficiently run a church bingo game.



GUNS: No constitutional right to trade or give away firearms

The days of the homemade zip gun appear to be behind us. Nowadays, most criminals and wannabe criminals are using weapons that used to belong to good guys. How did they get them? Some may be stolen, but the vast majority get them from a good guy through a trade of some kind.

The Constitution says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. There’s no wording guaranteeing a right to trade or give arms away. Why allow it? Let every gun have a single owner. There’s no need for background checks after the first one because

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GUNS: Shameful failure to address gun violence

Re: “Senators ignore American public on background checks” (editorial, 4-19).

“Shameful” is an accurate word to describe the injustice dealt to the American people with the failure of the background checks bill in the U.S. Senate.

Some have argued that because requiring background checks wouldn’t put an end to gun violence in its entirety it simply isn’t worth pursuing. However, if passing legislation that helps secure the market for firearms can spare one innocent life, then there is certainly a purpose.

Without universal background checks, what is the point of laws that prohibit unfit individuals from purchasing firearms in

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GUNS: 2nd Amendment wasn’t an afterthought

In the early 1980s, Nancy Reagan started the “Just say no to drugs” program. Now two states have legalized marijuana. At the same time, laws were just starting to favor gay rights but same-sex marriages were a dream. Now several states have laws allowing same-sex marriage.

Whatever your position, these changes did not happen overnight. It was a slow, methodical progression of legal battles, minor victories and a change in public opinion. Now we have gun-control being fought over, specifically  addressing background checks. No one can understand the NRA’s feverish fight over something so small, but it is the first

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GUNS: Rights aren’t limited to founders’ era

Re: “Support access to 18th-century weapons” (letter, 4-23).

The writer suggests limiting gun ownership to what existed when the Second Amendment was written.

Does he feel this way about the other amendments? Should email, telephones and the Internet in general be banned? Should books and magazines only be printed using 18th-century technology?

The framers did not say the right was limited to muzzle-loading, single-shot weapons. I’m all for banning machine guns, cannons and bazookas along with guns for the incompetent. I’m all for a short waiting period and background check.

I do not need an 11-, 16- or 31-round

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