Using the flag as a weapon is the worst desecration
June 14 is Flag Day. On numerous occasions, but more frequently in recent years, I have listened to people of all ages and from all walks of life express their disappointment and in some cases their anger at actions that desecrate and disrespect our American flag. .
While I understand that these expressions are a protected right, I do not agree with these symbolic acts and would rather have others find more substantive and productive ways to demonstrate their point of view. What angers me most is that some Pharisaic “patriots” in their criticism of the burning and desecration of flags conveniently omit the worst example of the desecration of our flag.
Using it as a weapon to attack Capitol Police in Washington on January 6 is not a protected right [“Widespread failures in riot,” News, June 9].
– Joseph Troiano, Manoir Stewart
Holocaust education like math, science
As a Holocaust survivor, educator and docent at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center in Nassau County, I cannot stress enough the need to strengthen the mandates of Holocaust education. [“Holocaust teaching bill too political,” Opinion, June 8]. Its relationship to the horrific events of the 1930s and 1940s is, as William FB O’Reilly wrote, a founding event.
Appropriate Holocaust education traces the journey through the ages as well as in modern times. Holocaust education defines genocide and places these horrific events in the context of recognizing an understanding of the implications of genocide for all of society.
I think that we should not question the need for an appropriate education in human rights. This equates to the need to understand math, reading, and science. Holocaust education is relevant, meaningful and essential to maintaining and promoting a democratic society.
New York State is a leader in education. Now is not the time to take a step back, but to move forward towards a better future. The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center, as Long Island’s premier Holocaust education center, offers its unwavering support for the legislative demand for a higher level of Holocaust education by the State Senator Anna Kaplan (D-North Hills).
– Mireille Taub, Freeport
Weapons bought illegally, the biggest problem
I agree with a reader that New York State has effective gun laws [“U.S. should have gun titling system,” Letters, June 11]. And that many states do not. There should be uniform gun laws across the country. But the titling of guns?
We have gun permits. They list every pistol or revolver that a person legally owns. A firearms license is a state permit issued by county licensing officers. Permits are reviewed periodically by law enforcement, usually the pistol section of a police or sheriff department.
All firearms, whether pistols or long guns, that are legally purchased – I repeat purchased legally – are registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with Firearms Transaction Record Record Form 4473. This is the title of firearms.
Most crimes are committed with illegal weapons, stolen or received by other illegal methods.
– Charles Gyss, Dix Hills
Slippest slope in gun proliferation
One reader wrote that automobiles and knives, when used irresponsibly or dangerously, can cause injury or death, and could theoretically lead to product liability lawsuits. [“Gun manufacturers bill a slippery slope,” Letters, June 7].
I offer this perspective: Unlike automobiles and knives, high-powered, military-grade semi-automatic firearms are produced with the primary purpose of injuring as many people as possible, in the shortest possible time. Selling these guns to just about anyone, with little or easily bypassed regulations, should be a concern of all law-abiding Americans.
Perhaps the accountability of gun manufacturers is one approach to reform. The slippery slope argument promoted by National Rifle Association propaganda and tacitly supported by spineless politicians is absurd.
Suggesting minimal regulations like banning shock stocks or limiting the types of firearms available to the public invariably raises cries from misguided people that the slippery slope will lead to a ban on all firearms or that the Second Amendment will be repealed. Again, absurd and not the point.
On the contrary, minimal rational regulation is not only appropriate, but absolutely necessary. The much more dangerous slippery slope is the seemingly uncontrolled proliferation of weapons of mass death in the name of freedom.
– John Chumas, Port Jefferson
With a federal decision in California rescinding the 30-year-old ban on assault weapons, mass shootings will undoubtedly increase even more from their already grotesque number. [“Judge tosses Calif. weapons ban,” News, June 6]. More innocent people will be murdered,. More and more students will be slaughtered and the same misguided politicians and judges will continue to speak to the families of the dead.
Assault weapons are a far cry from the muskets and flintlock pistols of 1791. If James Madison could have foreseen the existence of weapons capable of firing 600 rounds per minute, he most likely would have written some sensible and sensible warnings for the common good in the second amendment.
– Martin Geller, Manhasset
Violence and crime seem to be exploding across the country, especially in New York City. It seems that the only solution proposed by our leaders and politicians is “gun control” [“Gun bills approved,” News, June 9]. By definition, gun control is law and criminals do not obey the law. Isn’t it obvious that the solution is to let law enforcement do their job unhindered and severely punish those who commit violent crimes, especially when it comes to firearms?
Criminals use guns more frequently because the consequences are less severe today than they were before. Legal gun owners already go through rigorous background checks in New York State. They are not the threat. We need to get criminals and illegal guns off our streets. This is the solution.
– Ted Kiladitis, Saint-Jacques
We were brought into the world without our consent. We didn’t choose who we were born for. We did not choose neither our color. We came here without any knowledge of life, love or religion. Some have learned that some people are superior, some inferior, some intelligent, some ignorant. We learned from what we were told.
Some of us realized that what we were being taught was wrong and tried to change it. Some of us have clung to hateful things. Every day we struggle to change things for better or for worse, we remember and we forget. This world is getting smaller and smaller every day. We must learn to live together on an equal footing. A race. Human race.
America is sick today. We need help. We are taking matters into our own hands with assault weapons. We resolve our own grievances with violence. More and more groups of people are being put into the pool of those who are to be beaten or executed. We accept hatred and injustice. We become immune to violence. We choose what is right. We must change and forget about hatred if we are to survive as a civilized society.
– Mary Kinsella-Rossi, Holbrook