Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Guns legally present in Olympia
Restrictions on legislative floor
So, food is not allowed on the floor of our state senate but guns are [“As gun laws debated, state Capitol welcomes firearms,” NWSunday, Feb. 10]?
--Patricia King, Snoqualmie
Guns do not have a place on legislative floor
When will the silent majority in the state of Washington get fed up enough with the gun lobby to find our voices? The intimidation of having guns in our state Capitol, city councils and other legislative bodies appalls me.
Our legislators should be able to discuss pending legislation without wondering if the legislator sitting near them is “packing.” Please, Washingtonians, let’s be as loud and insistent to be heard as our NRA neighbors. Let’s not stop until our right not to sit next to a loaded firearm is respected.
--Mary Underhill, Seattle
Anti-gun rallies need coverage
The Times sees fit to publish several articles about gun-rights supporters marching in Olympia, including pictures of “real men” with their guns prominently displayed [“Gun-rights supporters turn out in Olympia,” NWSaturday, Feb. 9]. One quotes Rep. David Taylor who apparently would not be able to leave home without packing his heat.
Where was coverage of the Interfaith Candlelight Vigil and March on Feb. 9 in Seattle? It drew hundreds of supporters who marched across Capitol Hill because they don’t want to live in a culture where the gun is ubiquitous.
Please don’t give the impression that only those with guns are passionate about their cause. The gun toters remind me of bullies on the playground who get their way through fear and intimidation.
The Times has a duty to also give voice to those who would prefer to address the violence in our nation through rational discussion, consensus, de-escalation, an understanding of the multi-dimensionality of the problem and a firm conviction that violence can only beget violence.
A culture where the gun on our hip is the norm is a throwback to an era that is long gone, one that only the naive can think will make us more secure.
--Nanette Rosenthal, Seattle