National gun debate intensifies

October 04, 2017 06:36 PM

MECHANICVILLE - Insanity. Mayhem. Tragedy. This time it's a massacre in the Las Vegas desert that has magnified the nation's cultural and political standoff over the role that guns should play in American society.

Was the Las Vegas Massacre preventable?

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"That's complicated," said Tanya Baptiste, of Albany, "Only because we don't know why it happened."

But people do know what happened. And they're angry about it.

"I would suggest that there's stricter gun laws on whose buying the guns, background checks," said Greg Winn, of Albany. "I think the (gun violence) issue is solvable, it's just going to take the right people in office to push the right legislation."

"I would suggest banning assault weapons, and regulating and monitoring the purchase of ammunition," said Rob Piorkowski, of Albany. "I think furnishing people with the means and the opportunity to purchase weapons of this caliber is insane."

 "Honestly, I don't think we'll pass appropriate laws to make (gun control) happen," said Yvonne Cleveland, of Schenectady, "If we're allowed to have an automatic weapon like that person used then I would think yes, we need to change gun laws, because I don't really see the need to have those."  

"It was very disparaging to hear the politics immediately after the tragedy," said David Petronis, a long time area gun store owner and gun show promoter. "They're liberal democrats is all I can say. To have those people jump all over the gun manufacturers, gun dealers, show promoters like myself after a tragedy like this with knee jerk reaction, I just can't understand and it's ineffective."

"I think it is solvable, it's just going to take the right people in office to push the right legislation," Greg Winn stated.

Is he convinced it'll happen? 

"Nope," was his reply.


Dan Levy

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