Once again, the American people have lost their voices ["Senate blocks gun bills," News, April 18].
Now, in the gun-law battle, where 90 percent of Americans wanted changes that were logical and moral, they lost. As a nation, we only have to look at the Newtown tragedy, and others, to see that changes are long past due.
Fifty-four senators can sleep well at night, knowing they did the right thing. They didn't vote to take away a gun from anyone entitled to one. They voted to get guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, ex-convicts and other dangerous people. Mind you, if passed, the bill would not have made us 100 percent safer. It would just put another notch in our safety belt.
It's sad to think that the senators who voted no, who apparently care nothing about anyone's life but their own, were ranting on the floor about Second Amendment rights. Do they really think that 90 percent of Americans are that naive?
We know their vote was given because they owe their seats in the Senate to the gun lobbyists and manufacturers. Also, they figure this happened far from their country clubs and their schools. Their families are sleeping safely.
Maureen Djaha, Islip
How can we, as a civilized society, allow people unrestricted rights to own and carry knives? We need to enact mandatory background checks on all knife purchases. We also need restrictions on the length of knife blades.
We also need to mandate locks on kitchen utensil drawers to keep knives from the hands of our young children and those with a mental illness or disability.
Please, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, call our elected representatives into emergency session and pass long-overdue restrictions on the killer knife.
Craig Aarseth, Massapequa