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The Spotlight's readers write in this week about gun violence and pandemic accommodations.

Guns don't kill people, people kill people

I served 10 years in the military, four and a half years in security with the Department of Defense Police, and two years in retail sporting goods selling guns, reloading supplies, hunting licenses and tags.

Here are some absolute facts. Guns can not load themselves. Guns can not aim themselves. Guns can not pull their own triggers. Therefore, guns can not kill.

People get angry, mad, depressed, and may become fearful for their lives. These are the things that drive people to murder, not the objects they use in their crime. What are causing these social stressors have been discussed over the ages to no avail. Politicians just use them to stir up more hate and discontent to sell their lies and corrupt politics.

The military teaches to kill with #2 pencils, 16 penny nails, and even a #2 Phillips head screwdrivers, yet citizens can still buy these basics things at their local Wal-Mart and Ace hardware stores. Restricting or eliminating guns won't get rid of the problems of hate and anger, but only endanger those who want to live in peace.

Joe Turner, Columbia City

Common courtesy shouldn't be shoved aside

Sure, there is a pandemic going on. But despite the constant daily dangers of living of living with this, we should still treat people as people, being kind and considerate of their rightful needs. So it is offensive to see people treat others poorly, as was done to me at the Department of Motor Vehicles office in St. Helens today.

I was standing in line waiting for permission to enter the building. I asked the DMV employee at the door if I could use the restroom inside. He said I could not. So I asked if I could pee in the parking lot. He said I could not.

I am 77 years old. When I say I need a restroom, I really mean it. No kidding.

Let's respect each other. Yes, you can use our restroom.

Ray Horn, Scappoose

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