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YOUR|LETTERS for August 8, 2012


August 7, 2012

Banning guns will not stop the violence

Dear Editor,

The shootings in Aurora, Colo. have sparked debate again on gun control, the meaning behind the second amendment, and how to lessen gun violence in the United States.

Limiting gun rights does not make us safer, but it does make us less free.

I would point to the fact that individuals bent on destruction do not need guns to meet their ends. Some 3,000 died on Sept. 11, 2001 because men who wanted to cause great destruction used box cutters to take over planes and then fly them into buildings.

If banning guns stopped gun violence; then why does Chicago, a city with strict gun laws, have more than 274 deaths this year?

The right to keep and bear arms is a modern-day extension of the right to self-defense, it is natural, or fundamental and the government has no legal authority to take away an absolute right without due process.

Gun control advocates want to focus on the guns because it takes our attention from the real issue which is the evil that some people have in their hearts.

We have had violence before we ever had guns, it is not the instrument of destruction that is key, but the person/people who have bad intentions because they will find whatever weapon they can to complete their horrible actions.

Todd Welch

Lake Stevens

Thanks from the Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club

Dear Editor,

Thank you to the community of Lake Stevens for their continuing support of our Beverage Garden at Aquafest.

A big thanks goes to all the volunteers, Kiwanis members and their families for their help in making this event so successful, we couldn’t do it without all of you!

All proceeds from this event go back into the community in the form of scholarships, Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets, athletic teams, scouts, food bank, Senior Center, Boys and Girls Club, Easter egg hunt, school supplies and other needs as they arise.

Thank you again to all the wonderful people that help make this annual Lake Stevens Aquafest celebration so great!

See you next year!

Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club


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