Letters to the Editor

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Tag: newtown

Dec.
20th

SHOOTING: Abortions reflect less respect for life

The murders in Newtown have aroused a nation to reflection and action. In the short term, measures to ban assault weapons are of the highest priority. Whether such a ban would have prevented the mass shooting in Newtown or others, I do not know. However, the conversation and effort seems to be justified by prudent common sense.

Beyond issues related to gun control, broader questions are being raised concering mental health, violent video games, violent movies and a general cultural brutishness that may create the conditions for increased violent outbursts in our society.

There may be some justification for rising

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Dec.
19th

GUNS: Proposals should address type of ammunition, too

While we are advocating changes to gun laws that will ban civilian purchase of semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity ammunition clips, we should also think about what goes into those clips.

All of the children and adults murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School were shot with especially deadly bullets that flatten and fragment upon impact, inflicting massive damage to tissue and bone.

Why would recreational shooters and hunters need such bullets? If I were hunting deer, I would want to inflict a clean wound, not to mangle the body and then have to pick bullet fragments out of my venison steak.

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Dec.
19th

SHOOTING: Remove disrespectful Facebook posts

On Wednesday, three children and a second-grade teacher were buried. The mourners weren’t even finished filing out of the funeral home when the ones coming to the next funeral were filing in. One funeral home held three services in one day, back to back.

There are about 24 more victims yet to be buried. That is so unbelievable, as most were little kids.

Most people grieve this violence in a visceral kind of way. It’s gut-wrenching because these kids could have been our own and in many ways really are our own.

Some people are already posting deeply conservative views

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Dec.
19th

SHOOTING: It’s time to talk about guns, violence, mental illness

It is time.

People from different parts of Tacoma gathered at Immanuel Presbyterian Church Tuesday night for a quiet service of remembrance. There were no speeches or sermons, just silence, chants and readings. It was a gentle time for reflection and shared grief.

Like other faith communities, ours was hit hard by the events in Connecticut. Newtown’s shootings brought back raw memories of the October murder of church member and friend Rob Meline by a son who struggled with mental illness.

A service of quiet prayer and meditation was appropriate Tuesday. But it is time to do more. It is

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Dec.
19th

SHOOTING: Train and arm school faculty members

Re: “Change culture, violent games” (letter, 12-19).

The letter by Kenneth Eikenberry, a past state attorney general, was right on the money.

Much has been written on the senseless act in Newtown, Conn., blaming the guns, the NRA, mental health issues, the shooter’s mother, etc.

Your editorial (TNT, 12-19) talks about “tamping the firepower and restricting sales to those who can pass a background check.” Neither of these actions would have prevented or lessened the tradgeties in Newton or many of the other mass shootings that have occured over the past 20 years. One thing they all had in

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Dec.
19th

SHOOTING: Mental illnesses aren’t all the same

With the horror of the shootings in Connecticut, mental illness and the difficulty in getting treatment is getting a lot of exposure. I just wish that all forms of mental illness were not being painted with the same brush.

I have suffered with depression for many years. The only person I’m likely to harm is myself. I know many other people with the same problem, but right now, I feel like I’m one of those being blamed for murders, just about daily.

To say that a person has a mental illness is just too general. Yes, all form of mental

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Dec.
19th

SHOOTING: Gun ban won’t deter a determined killer

As tragic as Newtown was, it doesn’t hold the U.S. record. That would be the Bath School (Mich.) massacre of 1927.

Disgruntled taxpayer and school board treasurer Andrew Kehoe bludgeoned his sickly wife with a blunt instrument, rounded his animals into the barn and blew it and his house up. He had set dynamite charges in the school rigged to an alarm clock that exploded shortly after his barn. He turned his shrapnel-filled truck into an IED with dynamite, drove to the school and killed more victims as well as himself.

Several dynamite charges in the school did not explode.

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Dec.
19th

SHOOTING: Owners need to lock up their guns

The shootings in Oregon and Connecticut could have been prevented had the owners secured those guns with trigger/chamber locks or other safety devices to include a vault or gun safe. If they didn’t have the manufacturer-supplied locks, for less than the cost of a weeks’ worth of Starbucks they could have purchased them.