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Letters: Gun laws aren't the problem

Guns from a buyback program at Grace Cathedral

Guns from a buyback program at Grace Cathedral in Uniondale are shown in this 2013 photo. Credit: Jim Staubitser

"Georgia is gun gateway to New York" [News, May 11] states that the guns used to kill New York police officers are "first sold legally in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic."

However, it's a safe assumption that cop killers didn't first procure the firearms legally. They likely acquired the guns illegally via straw purchases, which are illegal, or by stealing them, which is also illegal.

It should be noted that every purchaser of a firearm via a gun store must undergo a background check. Will a cold-blooded cop killer stop to fill out the paperwork? The answer is no. While some states do not require background checks for the private transfer of firearms, enforcing private-transfer background checks is practically impossible.

Last year, Washington state passed a gun-control law that created universal background checks for all gun sales, including those made online. Very little has been heard about its effectiveness.

How do we reduce the cold-blooded killing of police officers? Let's start by moving away from the shameful anti-police narrative. Instead of hollow chants to pass another law, let's focus on enforcing the myriad laws already on the books. And last, real action must be taken to stop the revolving door of the criminal justice system.

Marco Forcone, Stony Brook

Editor's note: The writer is a member of the National Rifle Association.

Broken homes, dysfunctional and disconnected families, lack of respect for others, a broken education system, poor job opportunities, lack of affordable housing and a broken and revolving-door justice system are what is truly to blame here. These are not Georgia's fault.

When these social problems are fixed, guns from Georgia won't even be an issue.

Laurence C. Dittmer, Levittown

Editor's note: The writer is a member of the National Rifle Association.

Columnist Lane Filler says that if the cost of illegal guns went up from about $500 to $2,000, there would be fewer illegal guns on the street ["Lax laws threaten cops, not rights," Opinion, May 13].

I disagree! Buyers of illegal guns would just have to steal more money to buy them. Does Filler think they save up from their part-time jobs?

The one sure way to reduce the number of illegal guns on the street is to lock up for a long, long time anyone caught with one.

Diane Kelly, Medford

Editor's note: The writer's son is a police officer and daughter is a retired police detective.


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