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CHARLESTON: We all have a right to be safe

The recent brutal killing in Charleston, South Carolina, has me once again baffled by the American society I live in.

How can we go on, silently submitting to the highly financed NRA and the firearms industry? Where is our Innocent Bystanders’ lobby? Where’s our Slaughtered Schoolchildren Amendment? Where are the voices of the millions of Americans who have had enough Charlestons, Sandy Hooks, Auroras, Virginia Techs, Columbines?

Our silence and inaction merely aid and abet.

The NRA, intransigent and hell-bound to uphold the Second Amendment (interpreting the document to its bent), and the weapons industry’s talent for keeping us in fear,

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GUNS: Close loopholes in gun legislation

Re: “State needs well-aimed gun protection-order bill” (editorial, 1-30).

I hope the “reckless use” of firearms includes the fools who clean their loaded weapons, have them discharge, and sometimes injure others or themselves. Will this bill also address the utter carelessness of those owners who have allowed their children (unintentional) access to guns, which resulted in tragedy?

As to who could seek the protection orders, I think “only immediate family members” is a bit too narrowly defined as it would omit other people living together such as couples or multiple roommates. These folks would likely know if their cohabitants

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GUNS: Open carry just a form of intimidation

State legislators got it right in banning openly carried firearms in public areas of the Capitol (TNT, 1-29), and hopefully they will go further and banish openly carried weapons from all places of business or anyplace in the public sector.

The reason they gave was lumped into the category of any prop used for a demonstration was banned, but the real reason is that an openly carried weapon is intimidation. Who would want to work in an environment where people with guns are looking at you as if to say if you don’t do what I want to do, I can

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GUNS: Punishment before found guilty?

Re: “Bill: Take guns when violence is probable” (TNT, 1-29).

A bill is being introduced that would allow the confiscation of weapons from people who are considered potentially dangerous.

This is not just another gun control law. This is something much more dangerous, in my mind.

This is finding people guilty of an action or crime before it has actually been committed, and this is a very slippery slope indeed, a place we absolutely do not want to go.


GUNS: Does Scripture include gun reference?

Re: “Hundreds of gun-rights activists rally” (TNT, 1-16).

State Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, does not support majority vote, the state Legislature or Supreme Court. He states that God gave him the “unalienable right” to carry guns.

Can he name the Scripture where this is indicated? Can he define God? Whoever elected such an irrational politician?

The Bible teaches control in human affairs and compliance with government. Does Shea have a direct line to God? Perhaps God is a NRA member.



GUNS: Put emphasis on workplace safety

There were 64 Washington state workplace deaths in 2014. After reading about the accidental firearm death of Veronica J. Rutledge in Idaho, I was curious as to which was more dangerous: working or having a firearm in your home.

I looked up Washington State Health Services Research Project’s Brief no. 71 (April 2013), which reports that the average unintentional firearm death average for 2008-2010 was 8. The figure for 2013 taken from the Washington State Department of Health’s Mortality Table E4 had risen to 10.

The numbers don’t lie: Working in Washington state is 6.4 times more dangerous than having

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GUNS: 2nd Amendment doesn’t bestow unlimited rights

Amendment II of the U.S. Constitution states: “A well REGULATED militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

According to the online Merriam Webster Dictionary, one definition of “regulate” is ”to make rules or laws that control (something).”

So once we clear away the hyperbole and the histrionics, it is clear that laws and regulations concerning firearms are allowed under the Second Amendment. And no less then the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that while individuals have a constitutional right to own firearms, like most

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GUNS: Neither side owns the debate

In all the media I’m exposed to, there has been much attention given to Initiative 594 from those on both sides of the issue. While many from either side indicate it is quite cut and dried, I don’t see it that way.

I don’t think it’s going to promote public safety for law-abiding citizens to have a nearly impossible time acquiring guns. At the same time, I don’t see more people armed as a viable solution to public safety, either. Not that there aren’t valid arguments for both sides.

In a time when there was much less population, it was a

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