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Newsday letters to the editor for Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Protesters gather at the Florida state Capitol in

Protesters gather at the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee on Feb. 21, 2018, to push for legislation to regulate assault-style weapons and other guns. Credit: EPA-EFE / REX / Shutters / Colin Abbey

I totally reject the suggestions in “We can stop the massacres,” your Feb. 16 editorial about tighter regulation of firearms.

The outrageous demands of the editorial board show a shocking arrogance and intolerance of fellow citizens’ rights. Apparently the board cares not for the Bill of Rights and favors actions more in line with dictatorship than democracy!

Please be advised that many millions of honest American firearms owners will not knuckle under to your proposed tyranny. We shall resist!

James G. Collins, Floral Park

Editor’s note: The writer is Long Island director of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, an advocacy organization.

Seeing the news after the massacre at a school in Florida, I feel pride in our younger generation [“Anti-gun protests press Trump, GOP,” News, Feb. 20].

After all of the horror, a great thing is coming out of the darkness: a movement. These kids are speaking out and are speaking so eloquently.

This is our next generation of voters. Keep up the momentum. I know that most of us are with you, are very excited to see you on a mission and are hoping this spreads across the country.

Marla J. Posillico, Oakdale

The horrible tragedy at the Florida high school has sparked outrage and raw anger among students, their families and their neighbors.

The tools of social media at which the young are so adept will keep the fires burning and spread throughout our nation. They will call out the politicians on both sides of the aisle who have not done enough, very little or nothing at all.

The March 24 march in Washington will be the answer to empty “thoughts and prayers” and “this is not the time” cop-out responses.

This will be the opportunity for our young people to do what the adults could not. Their idealism, courage and, most important, their resiliency, will wake up this country. Government doesn’t change on its own. People force government to change.

Tony Giametta, Oceanside

After the Florida school shooting, Sen. Marco Rubio said on CNN that it would be important to learn more about how the gunman got his weapon “before you jump to conclusions that there’s a law we could have passed that would have prevented it.”

In his political career, Rubio has received $3.3 million from the National Rifle Association. I think we can pretty much conclude where he stands on gun control. We need to hold our elected officials accountable for their lack of action on the issue.

Rich Sundermier, Rockville Centre

Every member of the U.S. Supreme Court who voted with the majority in the Citizens United decision, which allowed more corporate spending in politics, was politically naive or cared little about the monster he was unleashing.

Every political candidate who accepts contributions from the National Rifle Association should hang his or her head in shame. Every member of the NRA who remains silent or fights sensible gun control is an accessory to the killings.

Every legislator who dares to use the word “politicizing” about his or her opponents after senseless carnage is a callous leader.

The only legitimate use of rapid-fire weaponry is on a battlefield.

Those who don’t speak up or don’t care should walk the road of every mother and father, sister or brother, friend or associate who weeps at the grave of gun-violence victims.

No doubt, this would make them into staunch advocates of gun control in America. They wouldn’t agree that political contributions are protected speech under the First Amendment.

Kathleen Young,Northport

Our children are not the most important priority. They can’t be, when we support politicians who represent only their own interest in maintaining power and position [“Anti-gun protests press Trump, GOP,” News, Feb. 20].

The research is clear. There is one common factor in all of the latest, most serious mass shootings: semiautomatic weapons. There is another factor, supported by research: depression.

Controlling automatic weapons would save lives. There is no rebuttal. Depression must be diagnosed, but it is treatable. To do so requires resources.

Massive cuts are being proposed for Medicaid, Medicare and other safety-net services that support our kids. The proposed pullback in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, supports for housing and transportation would pull the rug out from under kids.

A UNICEF report states the United States has poorer child health outcomes than 24 of the 29 countries in the study. If we believe the care of our kids is a basic moral responsibility, why does this study conclude: “Persistently high poverty rates, poor educational outcomes, and a relatively weak social safety net have made the United States the most dangerous of wealthy nations for a child to be born into”?

The Florida experience is a disgusting failure of our leadership and commitment.

Bob Detor, Port Washington

Editor’s note: The writer is a former chief executive of South Oaks Hospital in Amityville.