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A dark anniversary. A way forward.

It's actually simple: Long Island and America need less talk and more action when it comes to gun violence.

We can't wait any longer to make our communities safer. We can't wait to protect our families from a cycle of violence that's spiraled out of control.

This is affecting our communities every day — not just on anniversaries of dark tragedies, like we saw in Parkland, Florida two years ago.

The 2nd Amendment grants the right to bear arms in order to protect oneself and property. And Congress is empowered to protect the American people. We must do both.

I can't imagine our country's founders would have ever envisioned the terrifying weapons of war that the NRA and Republicans like Lee Zeldin defend on a daily basis.

Two years ago, I had the good fortune to meet and spend time with Fred Guttenberg and Linda Beigel Schulman, parents of victims in the Parkland shooting. They have become national voices about our need for real protections that will make our children safe, simple things like mandatory background checks and a ban on the sale of assault weapons. The House may have finally acted this year, but we must get these executed into law.

Far too many Republicans in Congress — including Zeldin — have chosen to side with the corporate gun lobby over the safety of our families, our children. They don't have the courage to take action and support common sense solutions to prevent dangerous people from accessing dangerous weapons.

History will keep repeating itself, and families will keep being torn apart by gun violence, as long as NRA apologists like Lee Zeldin are taking campaign contributions from the Gun Lobby.

Zeldin won't protect our kids and communities from gun violence, but it's time to put someone in Congress who will stand up to the gun manufacturers and put forward bold ideas to make our communities safer.


Posted on February 14, 2020.

For 25 years, I have been a common-sense businessman — not a career politician — so I look at things differently. I know about fixing dysfunction. It starts with hard work, a commitment to results, and perseverance — not scoring cheap political points. We can work together to provide opportunity and create an economy that works for all of us.

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