2016-06-22 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Dangerous Extremists

To The Editor:

There are fantasies and then again there are fantasies. Those that are considered as possible realities by fanatics are not only delusional, but dangerous.

ISIS can chop off heads, rape and kill while broadcasting on social media for those who are radicalized or simply unbalanced to commit horrendous acts. They may inspire some to do what was done at the Pulse Club in Orlando.

ISIS will never conquer the West or the United States. Of the billions of Muslims, only a small percentage are devoted to radical acts. Blaming Muslims in totality for the acts of a few is a demagogue’s bread and butter. Such people seek power from fear-mongering and fomenting hatred.

Dylann Roof, Adam Lanza and Omar Mateen had more than American citizenship as a common factor. Each was mentally questionable. Only one was a Muslim. Yet Roof calmly murdered church members at a Bible Study, Lanza slaughtered children in their school at Sandy Hook.

Gun advocates and Republican supporters of Trump are not for banning Christians from entering the US or questioning their religious teachings. How easy it is to raise the specter of blame, fear, and hatred of those who seem different. It is shameful that the NRA opposes sensible gun guidelines. Republicans cave in to the extremists and Trump depends upon fear of terrorists to increase his chances.

Some Trump supporters have demanded that Congress declare war. It would appear Trump and his supporters would do so against any group or nation that they find objectionable. The specter of martial law, with Trump suspending habeas corpus may be a dream for him, but a nightmare for the nation.

Ed Horn
Baldwin, L.I.

Ban Assault Weapons

To The Editor:

I am glad that Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas’ human trafficking bill passed. Human trafficking is illegal and reminds me of slavery. That was a blight on our nation’s history.

I am glad the DOE said that Queens’ graduation rates are higher. But are the students prepared for entering college or the workforce?

I am glad that all rallied concerning the shooting in Orlando. I think that it is not a gay and lesbian issue, but an issue involving all people. It is a hate crime and reminds me of the “Jewish problem” in Germany, the “Armenian problem” in Turkey, etc.

Clinton and Trump must discuss issues and Trump must stop the name-calling and must show compassion concerning the 50 people killed and the 53 people seriously injured. Threatening to stop Muslim immigration is not the issue.The FBI had the killer on their radar and should have kept a close watch on him.

I agree that anybody who is on the no fly list must not be allowed to buy guns. And assault weapons must be banned. They are weapons of war.

The wife of the killer of the people in Orlando Florida who admits that she was with him when he bought the gun definitely is an accessory to the crime and must be convicted. She is just as guilty as the actual murderer and she did nothing about telling police about her husband’s plans.

That is all I hear on radio and TV – murders, terrorists, etc.

I also agree that the railroad crossings must be made safer.

I am sorry that the print newspapers sales have dropped. Online newspapers are higher now. There is too much dependency upon online books and newspapers.

Cynthia Groopman
Little Neck

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