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Letters: Dallas police shootings reverberate

Investigators walk the scene of a shooting in

Investigators walk the scene of a shooting in downtown Dallas, Friday, July 8, 2016. Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Photo Credit: AP

After the tragic killings of police officers in Dallas, it was inevitable that some on the right, including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, were quick to point to Black Lives Matter and the primarily peaceful protests around the country for the act of one apparently mentally disturbed gunman [“Black Lives Matter slogan called ‘racist,’ ” News, July 11].

Those who would make that argument should be aware that it cuts both ways. Will they also blame the anti-choice movement for vandalism at abortion clinics and the killing of doctors?

And what about the Orlando shooter, who was a Muslim as well as an American citizen?Was he influenced by the anti-gay rhetoric of those who claim to be religious? One “Christian” minister has publicly applauded the slaughter.

William F. Orr, Dix Hills

 

The label Black Lives Matter is problematic for many people, including Rudy Giuliani.

Of course all lives matter! A small change may go a long way to calm and enlighten the situation. Rename the movement Black Lives Matter Also!

Stewart Karp, Roslyn Heights

 

Here we go again. Lots of talk about police shootings, followed by the ambush and assassination of police officers in Dallas. There are the usual expressions of sorrow, flags at half-staff, politicians pontificating and laying blame on whoever is the perceived villain du jour, up to and including our president.

Throughout all this, not one word about the insane ease with which the shooter in Dallas was able to amass battlefield weapons and huge quantities of ammo.

When are we going to see the politicians who are bought and paid for by the National Rifle Association and won’t lift a finger to even try to get these weapons banned for what they are?

Ernst P.A. Vanamson, Sayville

 

I don’t think anyone would argue that sometimes police shootings and use of force have not been justified. But the vast majority has been justified, a fact often overlooked by our politicians including the president.

Even when police are prosecuted for so-called bad shootings or in-custody deaths, what have we seen? Time after time, these officers have been acquitted at trial, most recently in the baseless prosecution of the officers in the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore.

President Barack Obama loves to recite statistics if they serve his anti-police agenda. There are about 1.1 million state and local law enforcement officers in the United States. How many of them have ever even pulled their weapons or shot someone?

The real elephant in the room is that many minority inner-city areas have been stuck in poverty and high crime for decades. What are leaders doing about this?

David Regina, Nesconset

 

According to the National Rifle Association, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. In Dallas, good guys with guns were killed by a bad guy.

Perhaps a new slogan for the NRA should be, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a robot with a bomb.

Bob Hoffman, Jericho

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