Our elected leaders of Philipstown need to focus their time, energy and taxpayers’ dollars on our opioid crisis instead of a partisan safe-storage gun law (Gun Storage, Again, Jan. 19).
We had a least five deaths in Philipstown related to opioid overdoses in 2017 and probably more. Philipstown has not had an accidental firearms death in years and years. And don’t attempt to argue it will prevent suicides: people who want to kill themselves will find a way with or without a firearm.
The town’s misguided attempt to solve a problem that is not a problem in Philipstown is nothing short of anti-gun, fear-mongering rhetoric, which I find appalling. The board’s proposed law will hinder my ability to protect my home, myself and my family.
I find it hard to believe that this lovely town to which I moved to 25 years ago would have duly elected officials who think it is OK to operate above the law when they know that the safe storage act is unconstitutional.
Your voice can be heard during a public hearing on this proposal scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Haldane school auditorium.
Rodney Dow, Garrison
Last year, during a discussion at a Philipstown Town Board meeting about the proposed safe-storage gun ordinance, many people made statements in opposition to this unnecessary, illegal and unenforceable shackling of the right of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their families.
At the meeting, several certified firearms instructors, hunter safety instructors and range safety officers, including myself, offered to volunteer to teach firearm safety to young people. The Town Board did not seize on this opportunity, but it would help the entire community by teaching respect for firearms, not fear.
Target shooting, in particular, teaches discipline, order, sportsmanship, respect, concentration and fun in a friendly, competitive manner. This would benefit all boys and girls, but in particular those who may not be inclined to participate in traditional athletics, including students with disabilities.
It is incumbent upon the Town Board to take advantage of these freely offered and heartfelt resources and initiate a program. Yet since that meeting last year, we have not received one letter, email or phone call from any board member to move forward.
With proper training, a young person who comes across a firearm will not pick it up out of curiosity. This would save not just his or her life, but countless others by not forcing gun owners to lock up their primary source of protection.
Kenn Sapeta, Cold Spring
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