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Published: Sunday, June 15, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
SPU Shooting


More guns are not the answer

Regarding the June 7 letter, “Anti-gun law didn't prevent tragedy”: The writer did not once ask: How can we make a bad situation better? He just wanted to tell us how to make it worse. Two guns rather than one! His logic and the NRA's are straight out of Hollywood. The movies are scripted scenarios with plenty of rehearsals and the outcome is known.
The tragedy at Seattle Pacific University and other places are indeed “Gun Free Zones”, but name a place that isn't. Your home? Your church? Your workplace? Or the stores where you shop? The idea in America is that we are free and no one should have to be concerned about being killed or injured by firearms. Should not the NRA and its followers be in the vanguard to make the public see it in a positive light, to do the right thing, instead of being the bully it wants to be.
For those who don't know, the gun lobby does not want anymore gun regulations beyond those already in place and would love to see those vanquished. Their beliefs are that anyone should be able to purchase a gun and stockpile ammo, and is no one's business. Did anyone get an NRA membership letter recently? For those who cry “My Second Ammendment right”, so what? The Second Ammendment belongs to all Americans, not just gun owners.
To those who have nevr read the Second Amendment, it begins thusly: “A well regulated militia” — not “personal gun ownership”! The vocal minority has hijacked the Second Amendment for their rally cry, like the letter writer who I think was not being realistic. This country needs to have an open and frank discussion on this serious and deadly trend. Because in life, unlike Hollywood, there are no do-overs.
Robert Lewis
Everett
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