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Letter: Too many guns, accidental deaths

Police stand guard as tape cordons off the

Police stand guard as tape cordons off the house where Hofstra University student Andrea Rebello and armed robber Dalton Smith were killed during an armed home invasion at an off-campus residence in Uniondale. (May 17, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

The accidental fatal shooting of a Hofstra University student by a police officer was a horrendous thing ["Cop bullet killed student," News, May 19].

I am a grandfather of young adults that age. I would have a terrible time getting through losing them. I feel deeply for the family. I cannot even imagine what the twin sister is going through.

This incident, and the one where a retired Nassau police lieutenant intervened during a drugstore robbery in Seaford in 2011 ["Late ATF agent gets badge of bravery," News, April 30], makes vivid a point about carrying guns. The retired officer mistook a federal agent for the perpetrator, and shot and killed him.

These were two good men with guns who came upon bad men with guns. Now there are two innocent people whose lives have been lost. Pro-gun people want people to believe that an armed populace would prevent these things from occurring.

Just imagine what could have happened in the Aurora, Colo., movie house last summer if other people were armed. The body count would have been awful.

Jerry Schreibersdorf, Douglaston


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