Letters: Still divided on gun control

In January, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott invited

In January, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott invited New York gun owners to move to Texas. (Jan. 15, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

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The heart breaks for the parents of the Sandy Hook children killed last year by Adam Lanza ["LIers remember Conn. victims," News, Dec. 15].

As a parent who has lost a child, I know their pain. Sadly, they miss an important point. If Lanza was intent on killing, he could have done so with a baseball bat or a machete if he did not have a firearm. The problem is not the guns.

The problem is how we deal with mentally ill, potentially dangerous individuals. Lanza should never have had access to firearms, given his history of mental illness. This is the problem we face, and the grieving parents' time would be better spent dealing with the root cause of this violence rather then blaming the tools.

Ray Dawson, Huntington

A year ago, our nation wept as unimaginable violence took the lives of 20 children and six educators. We should all thank Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the state legislators who voted to pass legislation to strengthen our gun laws.

We should also honor those federal representatives and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer for supporting legislation to do the same nationally.

Remember those children and the educators who did their best to protect their students. Also remember that there is more that should be done to prevent similar occurrences.

Peter Hanson, Nesconset

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