A recent U-B contained a letter on the subject of firearms that borders on the hysterical. This letter contains so much false information that I feel compelled to respond.
Part of the reason we can’t seem to enact any sensible gun legislation, both locally and nationally, is all the disinformation that’s disseminated by people like your letter writer.
“Concealed carry permits (are) handed out like party favors.” Not so. Local law enforcement, which issues these permits, is required to do a thorough background check on anyone applying for a permit. Persons not eligible to own firearms are denied a permit. See Revised Code of Washington Section 7.31.070.
“Stand your ground laws (sanction the) murder of unarmed people.” Not so. As one who has knowledge of this law (I’ve defended three shooters and been involved in scores of cases involving firearms as both prosecutor and defense counsel), all “stand your ground” means is that if you’re threatened by criminal activity you have no obligation to retreat. This law does not give you the right to shoot an unarmed assailant or intruder.
In Washington state, as in most other states, the right to employ deadly force is limited to situations where (1) you reasonably believe that the person slain intended to inflict death or great personal injury; (2) you reasonably believe that there is imminent danger of such harm being accomplished; and (3) you employ only such force and means as a reasonably prudent person would use under the same or similar conditions as they reasonably appeared to you.
“Abusive husbands with court orders against them who threaten to kill their wives and children are not required to surrender their firearms.” Not so. As one who works in law enforcement, I can tell you that our courts have the plenary power to remove firearms from the control of anyone before the court on such matters and routinely exercise this power.
“The NRA’S definition of law-abiding includes felons, domestic violence abusers and terrorists on the FBI’s watch list.” Not so. As a Life Member of the NRA I can attest that this is a gross canard. I realize that the letter was intended to be a satirical piece, but statements like this are offensive and only serve to make it more difficult to achieve sensible gun legislation.