LETTER: Sheriff’s candidate doesn’t say how repealing SAFE will make us safer

To the editor:

Jack Garafalo ("SAFE-ACT has serious flaw, won't work in the long run," June 11) wrote a very persuasive letter about how he, as a candidate for Onondaga County sheriff, would attempt to get that law overturned. In his lengthy letter, however, he failed to mention how he would make Onondaga County a safer community for its citizens.

I see no suggestions or ideas from Garafalo on how he would keep our children safe in their schools (according to CBS news, in the past 77 weeks since the massacre at Newtown, there have been shootings at 74 other schools).

I see no suggestions or ideas from Garafalo on how he would keep our citizens safe (according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, every day in the U.S. an average of 289 people are shot, 86 die, 30 are murdered, 53 kill themselves, two die accidentally and one is shot in a police intervention).

Even members of the clergy are not exempt from being shot and killed (according to the Christian Science Monitor, the recent shooting of two priests at a Phoenix church is the latest in more than 780 deadly attacks in U.S. places of worship in the past 15 years).

Let's also not forget the recent shooting in Las Vegas where two Las Vegas police officers were shot and killed along with a civilian bystander late Sunday morning by a gun-toting duo declaring "revolution."

I would think that a law enforcement officer running for county sheriff would be more concerned with the safety and welfare of the people living in his community than he would be in getting the SAFE-ACT overturned. Until our politicians and police can get the guns out of the hands of mentally ill people, let's not pretend it's everyone’s "right" to own weapons. The mentally ill should not be allowed access to weapons of any sort — let's start keeping our citizens safe by fixing that problem.



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