Letters: How to stop the next shooter
The tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard is just the latest example of why the so-called gun-control policies of this country are a dismal failure ["30 deadly minutes," News, Sept. 20].
The laws do nothing but make honest, law-abiding citizens easy targets for crazies and terrorists. Had President Bill Clinton not issued orders to disarm military personnel on base back in 1993, Aaron Alexis would not have been able to get off enough shots to kill 12 people. He probably would have thought twice about going anyplace where most of the people were armed. Disarming citizens does not make them safer, it only makes them more vulnerable.
The police will only arrive in time to draw the chalk outline. It's just a question of whose.
Edward Finley, Plainview
This is not a case for new gun laws; enforce what we have.
A proper background check should have been made, and Aaron Alexis never should have been able to get a gun. Mental health is the issue.
The government has turned a blind eye to this subject. Drugs and more drugs are the government answer. Big Pharma runs the show.
As in past tragic shootings, the perpetrators were products of our own insufficient health care system. How many warnings are needed?
Andy Tolkach, Farmingdale