Letter: Gun control and Capitol Hill

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Your story "Dems drop assault ban" [News, March 20], puts on display the insanity suffered by our nation.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) lacks what's required to be a man.

I will say what President Barack Obama should say, but won't: The next time there is a school shooting, and rest assured there will be, you can thank the National Rifle Association, the entire Republican Party that shills for them, and a few Democrats who lack the will to do what is right.

It is too easy to hear about someone else's dead child. You need to imagine that the next child killed is yours. Stop the insanity.

Ed Miglino, Copiague
 

Focusing on the end of the chain of violence -- the guns -- will produce results of dubious value. We will feel better passing some kind of legislation, but will we really be safer?

People are being slaughtered every day by all kinds of means. Thugs and criminals are repeatedly released back into our communities. Existing laws are routinely ignored.

Our efforts should focus on the criminals, not the weapons. To perform gun checks only uses up massive resources and mostly inhibits law-abiding citizens.

We have a criminal justice system that all too often protects the rights of the criminals. More laws that affect law-abiding citizens will not protect us at all.

Larry Mogen, Dix Hills
 

Withdrawing the ban on assault weapons from gun-control legislation shows just how blocked the Senate is from ever passing meaningful legislation. Requiring a 60 percent vote to advance legislation is sheer madness, because important bills usually are controversial enough to rarely be able to gain that high a degree of support.

What ever happened to the democratic principle of majority rule?

The House of Representatives races away with its agenda, decided by 51 percent majority, while the Senate, despite the horrific Sandy Hook massacre, cannot even bring to the floor a vote to ban assault rifles. How pathetic!

The Senate will remain ineffective until it returns to a majority-rules form of governance.

Stan Friedland, East Meadow

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