A Moment for Moving on Guns

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New York State Senator Charles E. Schumer

New York State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Dear Senator’s Schumer and Gillibrand

Need to know where you both stand to stop the carnage evident with repeated shootings taking the lives of many of our young children. What Mr. Peter’s suggests in his column is required reading with future legislation in mind.   Hal Peterson

I couldn’t risk posting on my web site www.reformalbanynowregistry.com the following stinging and striking piece written by Ralph Peters, a retired military man, and published in the New York Post last week. He starts by stating he fired his first gun as a child when he was handed an illegal sawed-off shotgun “kept handy for woodchucks and rattlesnakes.” He served in the U.S. Army infantry, has fired automatic weapons, and owns guns: “As I write these lines, there’s an 1858 Tower musket behind me and a Colt on my desk,” he wrote.

“But I believe, on moral, practical and constitutional grounds, that no private citizen should own an automatic weapon or a semi-automatic weapon that can easily be modified for automatic effects. These are military weapons. Their purpose is to kill human beings. They’re not used for hunting purposes, unless you want to destroy the animal’s meat. They’re lousy for target shooting. But they’re excellent tools for mass murder.”

No one has the right to “a personal arsenal of weapons designed for mass murder.” We have an estimated 300 million guns in America. An estimated 50 million of our households keep them.

For now that is enough, even for whatever terrible day comes. Stop selling military style weapons now. Just stop. See what happened in America. Revisit the issue in five years. Don’t be maximalist.

The parents are right. We can’t have this anymore.  And we can’t have the world, which is watching and saying, “They kill their own children in the schoolrooms. They have lost their souls.”

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