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Letters: Pa. school knifing and guns

Emergency responders gather in the parking lot of

Emergency responders gather in the parking lot of the high school on the campus of the Franklin Regional School District where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. Photo Credit: AP / Keith Srakocic

I grew up in a little town outside of Pittsburgh. The first day of hunting season was practically a day off from school because the absentee rate was so high. Gun ownership was common. I left there to teach high school on Long Island.

When I read the frightening story of the teenager who went on a stabbing spree at a Pittsburgh area high school, it sent a chill up my spine ["Heroes amid horror," News, April 10].

The most troubling aspect? What would this story be if the young man had rampaged through those halls with an AK-47 or a semiautomatic handgun? Those who oppose even the most logical, simple controls on guns have children's blood on their hands, period.

Steven Blasko, Sound Beach

The stabbing spree at the Pennsylvania school drives home the point that a mentally unbalanced individual intent on doing harm will find a way, if not with a firearm then with a baseball bat or a knife.

I doubt we will be hearing an outcry for knife control as we would hear if the perpetrator had used a gun.

Ray Dawson, Huntington

The coverage stated that a 16-year-old boy who stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard at a Pittsburgh high school used two 8- to 10-inch kitchen knives.

This incident only goes to show that you don't need a gun to wound or kill, just a disturbed person with any tool in his or her hands. The media and politicians never make these other weapons into really big news that lasts for weeks or months or years, as they do when a gun is used.

Let's see how long this story stays on top of the news, or if Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo passes emergency legislation to ban and register all kitchen knives.

Ray Steinberg, East Northport