Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's recent overbearing gun-control laws are a shameless political stunt that only serve to position him as a savior and hero after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. ["Skelos eyes gun law changes," News, Feb. 7].
Why did the governor use a "message of necessity" provision, which allows an immediate vote and little public debate? The vote was called before many legislators could have a chance to fully understand it. This is a shameless abuse of the legislative process.
The law is flawed. Adding a pistol grip or a muzzle brake to a rifle or shotgun doesn't make it an "assault weapon."
While no civilian needs a 20-round magazine, reducing maximum ammunition in a firearm from 10 to seven rounds is a distinction without a difference. It makes headlines, but no actual difference. Outlawing or targeting 10-round magazines just causes expense and aggravation for law-abiding citizens, since many popular, classic and collectible sporting rifles and handguns only accept the 10-rounders they were designed for.
Marc Frazer, Bayville
Regarding "A hot debate at gunpoint" [Editorial, Feb. 3], regrettably our culture, for all its alleged sophistication and technological razzle-dazzle, tolerates, encourages and even idolizes aggressive behavior.
Case in point: our obsessive fascination with team contact sports, and the way too many Americans drive -- aggressively intolerant, distracted, indifferent and frequently overmedicated.
The possible options available to the seething psychopaths who occupy the fringes of our society are, quite simply, limitless. Politicians know this, and also know only too well that the only way they can control an open society is to close it.
Simultaneously, it's apparent that as a nation we are unwilling to dedicate the resources required to predict and treat the emotionally ill. So how does our clever, cynical political class react? It members take the low road, the pragmatic path, one that caters to the populist mentality. They embrace fascism and call it responsible action.
This plays out as the incremental introduction of greater and greater police-state regulatory policies and tactics in a misguided effort to control, they know not what, through what amounts to illegitimate legislative action. In effect, this disenfranchises the 99.9 percent who were never a societal threat to begin with.
Stuart Klein, Island Park