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America’s gun culture is killing us
Manhattan: Everyone is aware that violence has sharply increased in U.S. cities, including gun deaths. Guns are easy to get and many people have multiple guns. There are roughly the same number of gun deaths as auto deaths each year in the U.S., about 38,000. Gun owners can easily buy military-style weapons. In some states, teens can walk around with guns.
Why not enact the same requirements for guns as for car ownership? To own a car, it must be registered and you must be licensed. Why not the same for guns? A driving test is required to encourage safety, so why not a competency test with guns? Car owners must renew licenses periodically, so why not gun owners? Drivers need to take a vision test at the DMV — that makes sense for a gun owner, too. Community police should have a record of who owns guns and where they are kept in the home for safekeeping. There should be a limit on the number of guns a person can own.
Gun enthusiasts claim that the Second Amendment of 1791 guarantees gun ownership. At that time, guns were allowed as a means of protection against the British and to establish a ready militia to fight off bands of attackers. Guns were used for hunting food. Those reasons hardly apply now. If people use guns to hunt, how many do you need for that? Do hunters really get pleasure out of shooting a beautiful, defenseless animal? Oh, one more thing: In 1791, the only gun available was the Brown Bess musket, which took at least 20 seconds to reload. Much stricter gun laws are obviously needed. Manny Martin
Yonkers: There is so much crime — muggings and murder on our streets. I suggest the following steps: 1. Pass strict universal gun laws; President Biden would and should be in favor of that. His predecessor was very lax with gun control. 2. Alter the justice and bail system; when an elderly woman gets hit from behind and knocked to the ground, then the mugger points his gun at her head, demands all her money and gets $8 — what she had left after shopping at her local grocery store — the thug was arrested the next day. He had 17 prior arrests. 3. Bring back stop-and-frisk, which should include all schools without metal detectors. Will this get all guns and knives off our streets? Probably not, but it would certainly be a step in the right direction if enacted now. Maurice O’Sullivan
Jackson, N.J.: Have I seen this show before? The new one stars Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin ensuring peace in Ukraine. The original show in 1938 (ensuring peace in Czechoslovakia) starred Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler. God help us! Howard Shear
Redondo Beach, Calif.: Donald Trump could become a two-term president who loses the popular vote three times in a row. John Chevedden
Bronx: As long as Americans and others go unvaccinated we will never conquer this pandemic. People of poorer nations go unvaccinated not by choice, but millions of Americans refuse this life-saving miracle. Eventually, the unvaccinated will be the cause of a plethora of new variants that may be resistant to new vaccines. I do wish that Americans who refuse to be vaccinated give up their rights to the shots. Let’s donate these vaccines to populations of poor nations where the people are praying for vaccination protection. Gilbert M. Lane
Staten Island: I completely agree with Voicer Jim Romer Sr. regarding the one thing de Blasio got right: his vax-all mandate. But there really isn’t a vax-all mandate. At CUNY’s College of Staten Island, there is no vaccine mandate for faculty or staff. The students must be vaccinated, but everyone else can get a weekly COVID test. I’m not sure if this is the case at the other CUNY campuses, but if all city workers need to be vaccinated, that should also apply to CUNY. Carol Hartman
Forest Hills: You keep putting the wrong crossword answers in the paper and it’s irritating as all get out. Maybe it’s because you make up words that don’t exist! You need to hire people who know the days of the week along with ones who are proficient in grammar and spelling, not to mention new graphics designers who would stop printing black letters on dark backgrounds or white letters on light ones. You can also fire whoever thinks small white letters on an all-black background for an entire article is a good idea. These days, not only is your paper not worth $3 — I wouldn’t use it to line the bottom of a birdcage if I had a bird. Linda Sperling
Flushing: Shame on you, Channel 5, for pulling off the air “The Dr. Oz Show” without any notice to the public. The show has been running for 12 years. We had to find out it was canceled when we went to watch it and some other show was playing in that spot. You didn’t even have the decency or professionalism to formally say goodbye to Dr. Oz and to thank him for all the years of service to the general public. Lee Goldman
Yonkers: Sometimes, lawyers and liars appear to be cut from the same cloth due to their avoidance and abhorrence of the truth. Fred Lichtmacher, the lawyer for the Goddard family, whose son, Steven, was killed in an accident along with Amy Gutierrez while fleeing from cops in Queens in 2018, definitely seems to fit that category (“Deadly crash,” Dec. 7). He states that the NYPD’s priorities are clear: protecting cops who cause people’s deaths — and goes on to say that the NYPD, on some occasions, resembles more closely the world’s largest criminal organization. He should be disbarred from the legal profession for uttering such an asinine assertion. The simple facts are that the deceased was speeding the wrong way on a one-way rain-slicked Sunnyside street when he crashed his motorcycle into a van while attempting to flee from police. Frank Brady
Bronx: Friday’s article in The News (“Blaz: Sorry, retirees, no paper for health info,” Dec. 10) is another example of the city’s and United Federation of Teachers’ disingenuous attempt to foist a new, flawed health plan on 250,000 retired municipal workers. It boggles the mind to conceive that they offered us a medical program with “inaccurate information.” Can you only imagine what’s going to happen when we apply for “prior authorization for certain medical procedures”? Marc Greenberg
Staten Island: Are there no depths Democrats will not plumb to cravenly pander for votes? Allowing non-citizens who have been here a month to vote is absurd. If immigrants want to vote, they have a simple option: become citizens. This is a half-step to the left’s goal of granting “the undocumented” the franchise as well. Why stop there? Not allowing children to vote is age discrimination. The Deceased-American community has been disenfranchised for too long! My cat lives in New York and deserves a voice. John Colella
Hicksville, L.I.: Mr. Mayor, as your tenure nears its end, the people of New York City would like to give you a note of thanks. First, we would like to thank you for the increase in crime, recidivism and the demoralization of the largest police department in the country. Second, thank you for the increased presence of the mentally ill and homeless due to your and your wife’s failure to deal with it effectively over the last eight years. Third, I would personally like to thank you for the constant smell of marijuana in the air in public spaces; idiotic bail reform and the empowerment of criminals; the lockdowns, closures and collapse of many businesses; the forced vaccine mandates and the ID checks when going out to enjoy a cocktail. Rob Westley
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