Devastated by the Mass Gun Violence at Parkland, Florida
By BETTINA MAYER

eHezi Community, Governance, History, Law, National, People, Politics, Westchester County, NY 2 Comments

To the Editor-at-Large

I was devastated by the latest round of mass gun violence at the Parkland, Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.  Seventeen lives taken in six minutes.

Wanting to take a positive step, I reached out to our local NY State Senator Terence Murphy to find out his views and actions on gun violence.  I asked his representative what was Mr. Murphy’s position on the NY Safe act, a law passed in 2013, which requires universal background checks that are designed to keep guns out of the hands of people with dangerous mental illness and criminals while not restricting guns to hunters and people who want a gun to defend themselves.  The representative on the phone was not sure what Mr. Murphy’s stance on the NY Safe act was.  I find this very troubling as the last written documentation I could find on Mr. Murphy’s record on the NY Safe act was a debate he had in October 2016 where Mr. Murphy said he wanted to weaken or repeal the NY State Safe Act.

I shared with the staff member that I found this lack of a clear stance from Mr. Murphy on gun issues very troubling.  I went on to ask if there were plans for Mr. Murphy to hold a town hall to give constituents an opportunity to engage in a dialogue about this issue.  The representative did not know when a town hall would be scheduled and advised me to check the website to see if one would be held.

In this day and age of random violence and an increasing lack of civility, I use this letter to respectfully ask Mr. Murphy to schedule a town hall to give his constituents an opportunity to engage with him in conversation about issues of concern to all of us.  We should expect no less from our elected officials.
Sincerely,

Bettina Mayer

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

eHeziDevastated by the Mass Gun Violence at Parkland, Florida
By BETTINA MAYER

Comments 2

  1. John Wayne

    “Someone please tell me why the average citizen needs to have such destructive artillery in his possession.”

    Simple. A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

    If the Government has one Bob, I want two!!!!!!!!!!

    “While this foolish argument continues, there are more mentally deranged people with weapons of mass destruction planning to use them in another school massacre.”

    Change the way this country deals with mentally ill people. Many reports against Mr. Cruz were generated. The school, the Sheriff’s Dept., and the FBI ALL DROPPED THE BALL!

    The Sheriff even admitted that his police department reduced the amount of high school student arrests in order for the schools to keep receiving Federal Funding……

    If a suicide bomber blows up a market, we blame the person.

    If an idiot runs over 50 people, we blame the idiot.

    If a cop shoots a person, we blame the cop.

    If a mentally deranged person shoots up a school, WE BLAME THE GUN!!!!!!!!!

    Stop pushing this narrative Bob. My guns never acted out or hurt someone. More laws only affect the law abiding citizens who have guns, not the criminal.

    A gun does not have the capacity to think therefore, it cannot be bad or evil. It is a tool.

  2. Bob Weir

    The only serious argument here is that civilians should not have access to the type of guns that can hold 30 rounds or more in their magazines and have the capacity to fire that many rounds in seconds. It’s scary enough to think of a crazed gunman with pistols, but a maniac with high capacity automatic weapons is downright frightening. Someone please tell me why the average citizen needs to have such destructive artillery in his possession. While this foolish argument continues, there are more mentally deranged people with weapons of mass destruction planning to use them in another school massacre. Keep arguing as you pray that one of those monsters is not planning to visit a school attended by your children.

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