TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Government should work to help the mentally ill, not increase gun control, readers of The Tarrytown Daily Voice are saying in the wake of a school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
“It's not about the instrument, it's about the person wielding it. People need help. If you know or see someone who has troubles, help them,” reader Benjamin Demon wrote on Facebook.
Connecticut State Police say 27 people, including 20 children, were killed Friday when a gunman fired shots inside the Sandy Hill School in Newtown. Another person was found dead in a Newtown home in a connected case, state police said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Friday's events an “unthinkable tragedy.” Cuomo called for stricter gun control in a statement Friday.
"While we don’t have all the facts and our focus must be on the victims, this is yet another senseless and horrific act of violence involving guns,” he said. “We as a society must unify and once and for all crack down on the guns that have cost the lives of far too many innocent Americans. Let this terrible tragedy finally be the wake-up call for aggressive action and I pledge my full support in that effort."
Readers disagreed that more gun control is needed to prevent criminal acts.
“People kill people,” reader Keri DiLascio wrote on Facebook, adding education and counseling are needed rather than gun control. “This was not a random act, it was a vengeful act by a deranged individual.”