Arrow-right Camera
Go to e-Edition Sign up for newsletters Customer service
Subscribe now
Opinion >  Letters

A recipe for anarchy

I am deeply discouraged by the news regarding several county sheriffs and county commissioners, among others, arbitrarily deciding that Initiative 1639 is unconstitutional and therefore they are not upholding it as a law. Are these same individuals, who are supposedly sworn to uphold the law, now giving permission to all citizens to break any law they want if they don’t like it. Sounds like anarchy!

The law has been voted on by a majority of voters wanting to improve the safety of citizens against gun violence. I voted yes for Initiative 1639 because I want the escalating gun violence to be mitigated. I am fed up with whining gun fanatics chanting the Second Amendment. I support sane gun ownership that includes thorough background checks, gun safety education and safe storage of guns. For me, assault weapons are for war zones and there is no age that can justify having assault weapons in non-war zones.

Isn’t it the job of the justice system to determine the constitutionality of a law?

Janet C. Smith


Letters policy

The Spokesman-Review invites original letters on topics of public interest. Your letter must adhere to the following rules:

  • No more than 250 words
  • We reserve the right to reject letters that are not factually correct, racist or are written with malice.
  • We cannot accept more than one letter a month from the same writer.
  • With each letter, include your daytime phone number and street address.
  • The Spokesman-Review retains the nonexclusive right to archive and re-publish any material submitted for publication.
Unfortunately, we don’t have space to publish all letters received, nor are we able to acknowledge their receipt.
Click here to learn more.

Submit letters using any of the following:

Our online form

Mail: Letters to the Editor
The Spokesman-Review
999 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

Fax: (509) 459-3815
Questions?: (509) 459-5430