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Gun safety

August 22, 2018 08:28 am

To the editor:

We all agree that we need a safe community to live in. Anthonio Delgado, Democratic US District 19 candidate, respects the Second Amendment, but realizes that gun violence has become a public health crisis with over 35,000 Americans killed every year. Congress, in thrall to the NRA has refused to fund research of this health crisis by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. John Faso, District 19 incumbant, proud of his lifetime “A” rating, has readily accepted their generous donations to his 2016 and 2018 campaigns.

Faso is also proud to be a member of S.C.O.P.E. (Shooters Committee On Political Education), which aims to inform its members on gun control legislation. But the group opposes any attempt to limit gun use including safe storage of weapons, background checks, and requiring a coding system for gun identification. S.C.O.P.E. also calls for the repeal of New York’s S.A.F.E. Act, which, in 2013, instituted some the most comprehensive gun safety policies in the country, including background checks and prohibition of bump-stocks.

Although Representative Faso has no time to hold town hall meetings in his “very large” district, he did find time to speak at a July 21 S.C.O.P.E. “rally” in Delhi, New York, where he entusiastically told the group that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (also endorsed by the NRA), if confirmed, would be strong on Second Amentment rights.

Antonio Delgado pledges to take no NRA money. NRA has blocked, with their money-backed influence, even the smallest common sense changes that most Americans support. Delgado is a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense candidate and was just endorsed by Gabrielle Gifford and Capt. Mark Kelly’s “Giffords” organization.

Barbara Graham

Millerton