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Letters: Troubled by gun violence in our midst

Some of the153 guns seized in Brooklyn between

Some of the153 guns seized in Brooklyn between May and December 2014 are put on display as the NYPD announce results of a firearms trafficking investigation on Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 Credit: Uli Seit

It's so sad, the drive-by shooting that killed Dejah Joyner ["Make Dejah a turning point," Editorial, Oct. 20]. Will this be a wake-up call to our legislators to do what it takes to stop these atrocities?

Jerry LaForgia, Lynbrook

Your story about how lax gun laws in the South enabled a man named "Dread" to bring a small arsenal into New York City on Chinatown buses ["DA: Lax laws in South aided gunrunners," News, Oct. 15] should send a clear message to Congress.

To even start dealing with the issue of mass killings, there have to be federal laws on guns that must be obeyed by every state. States have porous borders, and enterprising people are slipping illegal guns through to be sold on streets all across this country.

Christin M. Veech, Commack

The news last week that a gun trafficking ring used interstate buses to smuggle guns into New York City is the latest example of how other states' weak gun laws endanger the lives of New Yorkers every day.

According to The Associated Press, one of the alleged gunrunners paid people in Atlanta and Pittsburgh to legally purchase more than 100 handguns and assault rifles. He then brought them into New York City and sold them illegally.

We know where these guns end up: 90 percent of the crime guns recovered at NYC crime scenes originated outside the state. Our state has some of the strongest gun laws on the books, but our laws cannot keep us safe if other states allow easy access to guns, and if these guns so routinely infiltrate our communities.

I support Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bipartisan bill to make gun trafficking a federal crime, giving law enforcement the tools it needs to stem the flow of illegal guns into New York .

As a parent, I am sickened to read about the innocent children who are killed every day as a result of senseless gun violence. They include children such as 12-year-old Dejah Joyner, who died after being shot in the head by a stray bullet while in her living room in Hempstead.

The problems of gun violence are not insurmountable.

Ellen Lischin-Smith, Prospect Park

Editor's note: The writer is a member of the New York chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.


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