Shame on Senate over gun bill

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It is incomprehensible that the background checks for people who want to purchase guns did not pass the U.S. Senate.

With 90 percent of the American people in favor of background checks, this bill should have been signed into law. It is a sad day for all of us who were in favor of this critical legislation, but the fight is far from over.

The more pressure is put on those politicians who voted to not pass this bill, the better it will be. It is time for those elected officials to step up to the plate and do right by the American people. These politicians must listen to the consensus of the American people, not to those who are against this legislation.

There are too many people who have been and continue to be killed by guns in this country. When will this carnage stop or be significantly reduced?

Remember Sandy Hook, Aurora and Columbine! Never forget!

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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Nicholas from Bayside says:
I believe this minimal background check will finally come to be. Senators of both parties that voted against it are catching heat and their favorability numbers have rightly dropped. I'm certain your letter will not be favorably recived by readers such as Lou from Bayside but when such as he are against it, you know that you're on the right (with a small r) track.

What is needed however are far more expansive gun control restrictions. I feel that they are inevitable and that the NRA will finally shoot themselves in the foot.
May 1, 2013, 1:10 am
Kenneth Kowald from I Sit and Look Out says:
Nicholas: I hope you are right. See my January column on this subject. Generated comments, which, agree or not, is good.
Thanks for your comment.
Kenneth Kowald
May 1, 2013, 10:28 am
Lou from Bayside says:
Hey wacked out former school teacher collecting an obscene pension, guess what they are never getting the guns! If the blue helmeted United nations troops even try the backlash from the citizenry will be fierce and overwhelming. They will be slaughtered where they stand! Obama enablers Amato and Zizelis would be better served worry about all the brown skinned babies Obama has killed in Drone attacks. Gang members dont wait for background checks. It is absurd!
May 1, 2013, 2:58 pm
Nicholas from Bayside says:
Lou from Bayside, you old son of a gun. How did you know it was I and not Santa? That kind old white bearded man is probaly of a similar least once a year for certain. If you can get your paranoia in check, I'd love to buy you a drink and see if this has been a clever put on to rile up the guluble such as I or if you are serious,....maybe on Bell Boulevard; there are losds of watering holes. BUT NO GUNS.

Kenneth, I've read your column and comments. We are of one mind.
May 1, 2013, 9:48 pm
Alex from Whitestone says:
Plain and simple - All guns (pistols and long guns) should be registered; there should be background checks on everyone purchasing a gun and a database kept on all gun owners and requests with photos and fingerprints; no clips or magazines over 7 bullets; updated active records from healthcare professionals on those not mentally capable of weapon purchase or ownership. Gun transfers between friends and relatives should require new registrations with new info. Age limit should be at least 16 years old for a gun permit, like driving a car.
A valid permit should be issued to all gun owners that should be carried at all times, listing info like a drivers license. No military weapons in civilian hands.
Responsible gun owners would not object to these standards. It's only those who wish to be in the shadowy gun market that will object because they want all their gun business and themselves to be anonymous. End topic.
May 8, 2013, 9:59 am

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