Pass the red flag

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Pass the red flag

Story By: STAFF WRITER
2/7/2019


There are new gun laws coming to New York State that are just a vote away. Let’s hope they’re passed very soon.

Among the items to be voted on in Albany is the red flag law, which Gov. Cuomo considers a priority. It will give law enforcement, school officials and even family members the opportunity to ask for a court order to block someone deemed to be an extreme threat to themselves or others from obtaining or keeping a firearm. That’s good news, since many of the perpetrators of mass shootings had shown signs of rage or emotional crisis before carrying out the massacres. Had a similar law been in place, perhaps the killings might have been prevented. Or maybe not, but one thing is very clear: more stringent gun laws are needed to curb gun violence.

So far in 2019, there have been 24 mass shootings in the United States, the most recent on Feb. 4 in Washington, D.C., injuring four people. According the website www.gunviolencearchive.org, in 2018, there were 304 mass shootings in the United States. There were 57,039 gun incidents reported that resulted in 14,657 deaths and 28,178 injuries. Of those killed or injured, 666 were children.

Several gun incidents were reported on Long Island in recent weeks, and very recently a motorist was shot on Sunrise Highway in what appears to be a road rage incident. This madness has to stop.

Bump stock attachments that can convert rifles into automatic weapons would also be on Albany’s agenda to ban. That’s something that could even happen on the national level. It’s about time.

During the long debate on gun control, those who oppose any restrictions say that their Second Amendment right, which the U.S. Constitution protects, is being violated, and that’s something this nation’s founding fathers had never intended. But keep in mind at the time that document was written, the weapon of choice was a musket.

Remember, these laws don’t keep those who are responsible citizens from owning a firearm. It just needs to be a responsible firearm in responsible hands.