King: Central Islip Murders Show Need for Gun Control

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), second from left, met with community leaders at the Brentwood Public Library on Thursday, May 30, 2013 (Photo courtesy of the Long Island Civic Engagement Table)Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) suggested Thursday that federal legislation requiring background checks for gun purchases nationwide would help stem deadly violence such as the three fatal shootings in Central Islip this week.Long Island’s lone Republican congressman was responding to a question from Tyzier King, a resident of that community, who asked how the veteran lawmaker could address the murders during a town hall meeting at the Brentwood Public Library, where King also shared his views on immigration, terrorism and the economy.“Most of the crimes committed with guns in New York are committed with guns that are from out of state, where other states have virtually no background checks or little background checks,” said King. “Having a background check in no way infringes on the Second Amendment.”Gun Control Debate Ricochets on Long IslandA groundswell has been forming to reintroduce new gun control measures in Congress after a background check bill failed in the U.S. Senate in April. But, getting the most attention of late has been an immigration reform bill being negotiated—an idea King told LI’s largest immigrant community he supports, as long as it also adds border security.“After the last mass immigration legalization on [LI]of 20,000 Salvadoran war refugees, a study found a 40 percent increase in earnings by the newly documented and a direct contribution in increased state and federal taxes paid by the formerly undocumented,” said Pat Young, an immigration attorney and program director of the Central American Refugee Center who served as one of the panelists. “These individuals also shifted towards homeownership and became citizens in large numbers.”A member of The Muslim Center of Long Island in Bay Shore—the largest mosque on LI—said the congregation is concerned about the Muslim radicalization hearings that King held, hate crimes they have suffered and Islamophobia.King defended the hearings he held when he was chairman of the Homeland Security Committee as “fair and objective,” said Muslims aren’t victimized by hate crime perpetrators more than other religious groups and said he is willing to meet with Islamic community leaders.The nonprofit Long Island Civic Engagement Table and Islip chapter of the NAACP organized the meet-and-greet for King to get to know the Bay Shore, Brentwood and Central Islip communities that he absorbed during redistricting last year.The congressman noted that he’s discussed the recent Central Islip murders with Suffolk County police, who he said suspect gang involvement in the first two slayings. Homicide Squad detectives have said the third fatal shooting does not appear to be linked to the first two.Pastor Roderick Pearson, president of the Islip chapter of the NAACP, who lead an invocation to open the meeting and the benediction to close it, asked the about 200 people in attendance to join hands and pray together for peace in the community.“There are three families mourning,” Pearson said. “We may not agree on every issue, but…I ask that we the people seek justice and love in one another.”last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, July 11

Posted on October 20, 2020Categories sqfxhpcjTags , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Letters to the Editor for Thursday, July 11

first_imgGive owners of cats and dogs a tax breakI’ve wanted to write an opinion for years. Since the cost of living has been soaring, here’s a suggestion.So many people have been adopting cats and dogs and giving them good care. With the yearround costs of vet expenses and food, how about a tax break?The only thing free is the love we have for them.Agnes SantoroCentral BridgeFocus attention on plight of homelessWhat’s wrong with this picture? Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others worry about the detention centers. What about the homeless street people?They don’t have a clean place to go, medical care, three meals a day, a bed, clean water or a bathroom.They live like wild animals outside. They should worry about the homeless in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities. Maybe some of the homeless people commit crimes just to go to jail. That way, they have three meals a day, a cot, medical care, air conditioning and heat.They better worry about the homeless street people. Help them, A.O.C. and others.To me, detention centers are like welfare —  free. U.S. taxpayers have to pay for them, too. They are crossing the border the wrong way.David MattasGloversville Racing horses is sad, cruel and deadlyHorse racing is very cruel, especially in 90-degree heat.Some horses finish the race and go back to their stalls and die.Horses are very noble animals; they depend on us to care for them.It’s very sad that humans put all this priority on speed. For what, fame and money?The priority should be their care and comfort. Trying to race them surely is not that.Then when they die or are hurt, the owners act like they care.Of course they don’t care or they would not participate in this cruelty.The whole thing is very sick and sad.Eunice KilmerJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIf Trump’s Christian, he’s really bad at itSome of Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters are far-right Christians such as Franklin Graham, head of the $765 million Billy Graham Evangelistic Association empire. Recently, Graham even asked for a national day of prayer for Trump, who, Graham says, was chosen by God. But it’s hard to see Trump as much of a Christian.Would a Christian “suffer the little children to come unto (him)” so that they could be separated from their mothers and locked in cages? And would a Christian break at least six of the Ten Commandments?No. 1: Second only to himself, Trump has always worshiped the Golden Calf before any god.No. 4: Although he hasn’t shot anyone in Times Square, he continues to support sending billions of dollars to his friends, the Saudis, so that they can slaughter thousands of Yemenis.No. 6: His adultery is legendary. What Christian needs to pay off strippers?And (No. 9), how many of his “conquests” may have been somebody else’s wife? And, what other Christian do you know who is being accused of raping or molesting 22 women?No. 7: Trump has “stolen” from numerous creditors by not paying off on their loans, declaring so many bankruptcies that only the corruption-riddled Deutsche Bank would do business with him. And then there are the kids who lost their tuition in the Trump University scam.No. 10: And, the “house” he has always coveted is, unfortunately, our White House.Some Christian.Richard W. Lewis, Jr.GlenvilleGrateful for return of cane left in cartI was recently at Hannaford in Rotterdam loading my car with groceries. I forgot my cane in the basket and didn’t think about it until I got home. I went back and some nice person brought it to Customer Service. Thank you. You saved my day.Carole RyanSchenectady last_img read more