The only solution is to ban assault rifles

The only solution is to ban assault rifles

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe mass shootings using assault rifles (ARs) continue. The mass shootings in Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Nevada and California have resulted in 190 deaths and many more wounded. All are equally tragic. In 1994, a law was enacted that prohibited the manufacture of ARs for civilian use, but it allowed manufacture for law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, this law expired in 2004 and there was no effort by Congress to extend it. Thereafter, AR manufacturing surged. In 2012, in response to the Sandy Hook shooting of children and their teachers, a bill entitled The Assault Weapons Ban similar to the 1994 law was introduced. The NRA condemned this bill and the Senate rejected it by a vote of 60-40. So now there are as many as 15 million civilian-owned ARs, and the number continues to grow.Certainly, a law like that proposed in 2012 should be enacted. But what should be done about the 15 million already manufactured and sold?To think that mental health expansion, which is worthwhile, will solve the problem alone is naive. This is because it would be impossible to find, evaluate, treat and monitor all those of the 15 million that might be thinking of using their ARs to kill. And, as we have seen in the past, the tracking of those individuals who are known to pose a threat is prone to human error. The only solution to this horrific problem is to ban ARs from our civilian population. People’s lives are at stake. Congress must act.Dale BrownNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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No need to mention police chief’s salary

first_imgRe April 24 article, “Community raises money for police chief and family” by reporter Andrew Beam: The article described local community efforts to raise money for Scotia Police Chief Peter Frisoni and his family (wife and five children) after a devastating fire destroyed their home on April 6. It was nice to see this article, which publicized how much money had already been raised and ways for individuals in the community to donate funds to help the Frisoni family replace their home and their personal belongings. However, I was appalled to see that Mr. Beam felt the need to mention in the article how much money the police chief currently earns in salary at the village of Scotia and how much money he currently earns through a retirement pension from the Schenectady Police Department. Was Beam trying to suggest that the Frisoni family didn’t need the money?  I’m an active member of one of the volunteer fire departments that responded to the fire and although I was out of town and couldn’t respond that day, I’ve seen the effects of many house fires in my 27 years with the fire department. It’s a family’s worst nightmare. No amount of money can replace many of the personal belongings and memories associated with one’s home, especially with five children involved. The Gazette should be ashamed of itself and offer the Frisoni family a public apology. Please consider donating funds for the Frisoni family through “The Chief’s Account” at the First National Bank of Scotia.K. Wayne BunnGlenville More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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