2008-06-27 / Letters

Keeping Violence Down For Our Children

Dear Editor:

Hello, I've been in Far Rockaway for many years now, and I've noticed that because of the gun violence that has plagued our community lately, our local precinct (the 101) has put up satellites or mobile police stations throughout our area, and also stepped up patrols. I don't know about you or the rest of your readers, but I've noticed that just the presence of the police has cut down the violence drastically. I'm a resident of Redfern Houses, and before the heavy police presence, the sound of gunfire and automatic gun fire was a normal occurrence almost every other night. Bottom line is, the punks that shoot their guns every night and carry their courage at the end of their arms know that with a heavy police presence their chances of being caught by the police are greater, and there are no guns in jail. I guess one could say the same for violence in Iraq, with our upcoming presidential elections in November, our troops being sent there in massive numbers, to take over certain areas and to keep violence in Iraq down to a minimum, to make the surge seem like it was a success. This isn't Iraq; it is Far Rockaway, New York. We do not need to keep gun violence down because of upcoming elections, to raise the property values in our area or to make any particular senator or congressman look good. We need to keep gun violence down to keep our children safe. I have faith in the people in the Far Rockaway community. We are tired of our innocent children being gunned down in our streets, tired of crime, tired of the violence, and we will all come together and do the right thing for our community.

Thank you.

REDFERN READER

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