Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Seattle gun violence
Is Seattle the new Chicago?
Here we go again with shootings in Federal Way! [“Shooting suspect ordered held in jail,” NWFriday, June 29.]
So what’s the answer to all the recent gun violence in the Seattle area? The gun advocates, the NRA and those on the side of the Second Constitutional Amendment cite gun violence as the very reason why all of us nongun advocates should go out and purchase our own guns to protect ourselves from criminals.
After all, so long as there’s a continued escalation of gun sales to just about anyone, we all better be packing our own heat in order to stand our ground in the middle of a city when someone decides to start on a shooting rampage.
Therefore, I advocate that we all go back to the Tombstone era of wearing guns in full view of the public and codify this nationally as a paragraph addition to the Second Amendment. This then would become the law of the land that we are all required to wear our guns on a belt in full view like Doc Holliday.
If nothing else, this might deter the violent gun-totting idiots and mental cases who are allowed to carry guns now, citing their Second Amendment right to do so.
Also, this amendment would relieve pressure on the police having to be everywhere when there’s gun violence going on. It would relieve us citizens of paying for the increase of armed police on the beat and also relieve us of prosecution in the courts when we defend ourselves.
As a side benefit, we would get an economic shot in the arm from the sales of guns which tend to be very expensive; and, it would provide much needed current taxes to the state to pay for our current deficits. Part of the taxes could also go toward paying for the care of gunshot victims at hospitals.
Therefore, since we don’t have the legal grounds to take away guns from violent individuals, I highly recommend that we the people form local gun clubs to teach all men and women how to shoot and defend themselves in any possible altercations that they may find themselves and where they have to stand their ground. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that leather gun holsters would also be a big seller and bring even more tax revenue to the state.
— Jerry Taylor, Elma, Grays Harbor County