Effective gun control needed
January 29, 2010 · Updated 12:33 PM
The provocative headline “Gun control won’t stop it,” over a letter in the Jan. 15 Whidbey News-Times got my attention.
The “it” referred to by letter writer Rainy Lindell was “these senseless deaths, especially of those who serve to protect us.” Lindell continued, “The sad fact is that gun control will not stop tragic events like this from happening again.”
Question: Do law enforcement officials and “we the people” believe that gun control will not stop tragic events? Not even some events? How do we define gun control? The frequency of gun deaths in six days from Jan. 8 to Jan. 14 prompted me to keep a record from those reported in The Seattle Times.
Jan. 8: “Man in Bellingham shoots 2 kills himself.” Also, “Warrant issued for man after shooting death Sunday.” Same day, “Mikaran Tinky Sanders fatally shot New Year’s Eve.”
Jan. 9: “9-1-1 tapes detail Eatonville shootings.” Pierce County shootings resulted in the deaths of a deputy and the suspect left another deputy wounded.”
Same day, another shooting suspect turns up in Florida: “Former boss wounded in Federal Way gun assault arrested on murder charge.”
Jan. 10: “Memorial for Deputy Kent Mundell, Jr. shot at domestic disturbance ... attacked and killed, Dec 21, partner injured.”
Jan. 13: “Double slaying, two men, ages 18 and 21, were fatally shot in their town house.” Same day, “Man sought in Everett night club shooting.”
I would be interested in reading what Whidbey News-Times readers, especially law enforcement officials, would recommend for effective, gun controls.
Trudy J. Sundberg