In order to purchase a co-op apartment in Manhattan, you often have to supply a litany of documents, bordering on the absurd, bank statements, pay stubs, letters of recommendation, and a credit check. Once all of your documents have been probed, you typically must sit for an interview with the co-op board. For your troubles, you are then afforded the opportunity to pay exorbitant prices for your little slice of the American dream.
Last week, New York State passed the most sweeping and restrictive gun laws in the nation - In the wake the Newtown tragedy that killed 20 innocent children.
I ask… will this law completely solve the problem?
I acknowledge you don’t need a machine gun to protect your home. However, it is a Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Effective gun laws are necessary to protect innocent citizens. There are some people that act recklessly and they should be punished – But not responsible gun owners.
We live in a society that is becoming increasingly more evil.
The scene out of Albany last night was one of common sense winning out, but sadly in today's electoral landscape that qualifies, as uncommon as political valor. New York Democrats, and a lot of Republicans decided that assault weapons designed for our military to fight wars shouldn't be stocked on the shelves of Wal-Mart in the Empire State. Among other things they said that it would be a good idea to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Yes America, even after Newtown these are legislative hills, okay for Albany, but too steep to climb in Washington.
Much of the talk after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's State of the State address Wednesday focused on his plans to "enact the toughest assault weapon ban in the nation, period."
If you listened closely, however, it wasn't his talk about guns in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy that those in the audience were most interested in. Instead, the greatest applause was reserved for his announcement heralding a Women's Equality Act.
This coming January I'll turn 50. The first memory I have of tragedy in America was the shooting of Martin Luther King in April of 1968. At age 5 you only remember that something really bad happened. Only a few months later Robert Kennedy also was assassinated. The only reason this moment stuck with me a little more vividly was the train which carried the body of the New York Senator. For some reason, the Battle Hymn of the Republic still plays in my head as I think of Senator Kennedy and St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Like millions of you, I went about my daily routine this morning, that included packing up the kids and dropping them off at elementary school. I was a better dad than this past Friday, before America’s latest reality, when I barked at one who forget her lunch, another who forget his jacket, and the oldest for taking forever to get out the door. Routines and realities changed in the last 72 hours, givens are replaced by worries, and our most precious commodities, the things we would all die for - our children suddenly seemed so fragile.
On Wednesday we did a segment on Richard French Live titled ‘Guns in America: Does America have a Problem?’ Tragically, neither any of the guests, nor myself realized just how timely the segment would be. A day and half later Adam Lanza blasted his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, using a high-powered rifle to kill 20 children and six adults, including the principal who tried to stop him.