Letters to the Editor

Criticizes museum rationale for removing guns from display

It is commonplace in the United States that lawfully acquired guns are used to commit crimes including murder. It is commonplace in the United States that unlawfully acquired guns are used to commit crimes including murder. Neither of the preceding two sentences is a matter worth debating; they’re just facts. Such is life and commonplace murderous death in the United States.

Washington Initiative No. 594 amended state law some days ago to require background checks on the sale or transfer of guns by persons in addition to licensed gun dealers. In response, I read in The Bellingham Herald, that a local museum will return World War II-era guns to their lenders because the museum’s attorney recommended it do so or “challenge” the law. The Herald article did not state on what grounds the attorney proposed the law be challenged. Anti-museum-ness?

The mind boggles, as follows: that anyone would think it’s a high priority for law enforcement officers to break down the museum’s doors; that the museum’s attorney apparently thought so (though the initiative is not retroactive); and that The Herald put the story on page one rather than page whatever as a “here’s a little twist to the recently passed Initiative, but by golly there are bigger fish to fry and/or wrap in this newspaper.”

Paul Klein

Bellingham

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