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Americans need freedom from fear

Posted 11/21/19

Central New Yorkers did an important thing when they elected Rep. Anthony J. Brindisi, D-22. He’s part of the Democratic majority that passed House Resolution 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks …

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Americans need freedom from fear

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Central New Yorkers did an important thing when they elected Rep. Anthony J. Brindisi, D-22. He’s part of the Democratic majority that passed House Resolution 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act.

While I’m writing another school shooting is happening. I’m thinking about my nephew, how when I see the School Resource Officer outside his school I feel afraid. I’m grateful he can run fast, that he listens to adults. I’m not alone when I include hoping he can dodge bullets along with more mundane hopes for having good friends or doing well in band.

Admittedly, I don’t see the need for guns. Last week in Seneca Falls, a disabled hunter took a 10-point buck with a crossbow. I’m not interested in learning to shoot. I’d like not to be shot, but can’t picture shooting someone else in self-defense. I think universal background checks mean fewer dead people. We could try gun safety and see whether that’s true.

H.R. 8 died in the Senate while the Santa Clarita shooting unfolded. There isn’t any logical reason for congressional Republicans to deny Americans freedom from fear. The answer is to keep voting for intelligent and emotionally stable people like Rep. Brindisi.

— Kathleen S. Timpano,

New Hartford

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