Letters: Wyatt Earp would not approve of loose gun laws

Re: ‘Use the laws on the books before making new ones’ (Metro, Sept. 27-29)

Letter writer John Stasner leaves out a key part of the Second Amendment. The Amendment refers to a well-regulated militia having the right to bear arms. This is clear, but the groups fighting any gun regulation ignore this provision. [Legendary Tombstone, Ariz., sheriff] Wyatt Earp would be shocked that there are groups advocating no restriction on guns. Guns were not tolerated in Tombstone. It is no accident that states with more restrictive gun laws have a lower murder rate.

Alan Podhaizer, via email

Both of these letters spoke in terms of the foolishness of gun control. Yes, we have laws, but they differ from state to state. Some have strong laws, but take a state like Virginia: Too many guns legally purchased in Virginia wind up in the hands of criminals in the streets of New York. The U.S. needs unified and intelligent process to controls guns. The second letter is just an absurdity because cars have a purpose other than killing people and there are laws on the books to try and stop people from driving while under the influence. Guns, on the other hand, have no purpose than to kill or harm. I support the right to protect your family and yourself. I do not support the right of criminals or mentally disturbed people to own and operate a gun.

Marion Lane, via email


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

'Five Star': A coming-of-age story about Brooklyn's gang…

'Five Star' tells a coming-of-age story about Brooklyn's gang culture at the Tribeca Film Festival.

National

New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for…

By David DeKokHARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach"…

Local

NYPD detective shoots partner: DA

A New York City Police detective was arrested early Thursday and charged with driving under the influence while on the clock.

Local

Judge strikes down NY limits on donations to…

A federal judge on Thursday reluctantly struck down New York's limits on donations to independent political action committees as unconstitutional, potentially ushering in a new…

Music

Championship of Collegiate a Cappella: Students who are…

Tickets to this Saturday’s International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella reportedly sold out within 11 hours of going on sale.

Music

M.I.A. talks 'Matangi,' divinity, spontaneity and holograms

"There’s pressure for me to become a theatrical production like 'Glee,' or something" says M.I.A., "It’s like, 'the pressure’s on, bitches.'"

Movies

Tribeca: 'Goodbye to All That' star Paul Schneider…

Paul Schneider talks about his new film "Goodbye to All That," not acting too much and how he'd rather indulge in simple pleasures than play the scene.

The Word

Taylor Swift battles paparazzi daily at Tribeca penthouse

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

NHL

Rangers unlikely to change lineup, Steve Mason in…

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault wouldn't say much, but don't expect any lineup changes.

NBA

Jason Collins named to Time's 100 Most Influential…

Jason Collins was named to the list after coming out as the first openly gay player to appear in an NBA game.

NBA

Nets excited for Brooklyn fans to bring the…

Kevin Garnett has definitely used profanity while trash talking or in practices, but never to describe an entire borough.

NHL

Rangers turn up shot blocking in Game 3…

Game 3 of the Rangers-Flyers opneing round series was not a return to John Tortorella hockey.

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.

Style

MAC & Proenza Schouler collection unveiled

MAC Cosmetics is releasing a new collection with Proenza Schouler.