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After Tragedy, Westchester Will Not Host Gun Show

County seeks to bolster safety, prevent violence in the future.

In the wake of the Newtown, CT, elementary school shooting that left dozens dead—most of them children—Westchester County officials are pledging to do all they can to stamp out future acts of mass violence.

"In the days and weeks ahead, the county will review its own policies and procedures to see if anything can be done to prevent these senseless acts of violence in the future," Westchester leaders said in a press release Monday.

Among those changes is a decision not to bring the the Sportsmen Firearm and Knife Show back to the County Center in White Plains come 2013.

"At this time as the country grieves the loss of life in Newtown, a contract renewal is not appropriate," officials said.

Shortly after the shooting, Westchester County pledged its Psychological Response Team to Newtown. The team helps residents cope with traumatic events.

Officials said further steps may be taken to bolster county safety, too.

"Going forward, the county plans to be fully engaged in the complex and comprehensive conversation of how all Americans can continue to live in an open society while preventing all acts of violence," the release read.

Jerry Eimbinder December 18, 2012 at 12:15 AM
This doesn't prevent the 2013 show from being held in Westchester County so, in all probability, it'll move to another local venue. Westchester legislation could ban assault weapons from being displayed on the exhibit floors of these shows.
ild December 18, 2012 at 06:12 AM
What is it going to take before more regulations and restrictions take place to protect innocent people? How many innocent people have to die?? 20 . . . 50 . . . hundreds????
SPK December 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM
And how does banning this show have anything to do with protecting innocent people? I see an understandable emotion reaction, but no connection between a legal show and legal purchases, and future lunatics.
eatingdogfood December 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM
It makes the liberals feel good and that is all that matters.
Aidan December 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM
MSNBC stumbles on the truth. http://hotair.com/archives/2012/12/17/chuck-todd-on-sandy-hook-if-your-kids-playing-halo-for-three-hours-a-night-make-sure-he-doesnt-have-a-problem/
Common Sense December 18, 2012 at 01:17 PM
As others have said, we need better ways to identify an address severe mental illness. and violent tendencies. Timothy McVeigh killed 180 people with fertilizer and we have all seen the damage that can be done by suicide bombers. With or without guns those determined to wreak terror and pain will have no trouble finding a mechanism.
JJ December 18, 2012 at 01:37 PM
This is an absolute tragedy and there's no simple answer. The "guns" are ONLY one issue and we should also address the following: 1. The gratuitous violence in Hollywood movies, video games, TV 2. Lack of family structure in America 3. Lack of respect and NOT teaching citizenship in the classrooms anymore 4. Mental health and medication issues in society 5. More training and preparation for police, fire, EMT's ,teachers and community leaders to identify specific issues 6. Establishing a better system to report "possible threats" that linger out there 7. Bringing religion (ALL) back into our society 8. Ramping up security at key infrastructure locations like schools, stadiums, movies, shopping centers
Nevets December 18, 2012 at 01:43 PM
The 2nd amendment has limitations now and it could have a few more. Deer hunters need no more than a three round clip. Human hunters need more. Does the 2nd amendment permit hand grenades, shoulder held grenade launchers, shoulder mounted missle launchers, conventional bombs, what about people owning nuclear bombs? 2nd amendment right as well? Why should it allow assault weapons with 30 round clips. It is truly madness. A shot gun might offer home protection. The rest are basically offensive.
bruiser December 18, 2012 at 01:44 PM
JJ i agree but i feel you left out a very important point,make sure when a person breaks the law pertaining to guns no more deals.I say make sure the judges and DA'S inforce the laws and i do not care what age,nobody gets away.
Nick Sags December 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
This helps make NO ONE safe! Completely political move that only takes away from law abiding citizens. I hope you all feel safer now, we should be talking about actual security measures inside schools and classrooms, but instead people get distracted with stuff like this. How many people have been killed at a WC gun show? How many of the guns bought at at WC gun show have been used for crime? None. Oh well, no more crappy WC show that didn't even sell "assault weapons" because we have an "assault weapon" ban here anyway. I guess we'll have to take our money outside of the county to other better shows.
Hugh Marshall December 18, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Gun shows are offensive. They attract low-lifes (like gun dealers). This isn't some KKK state like Alabama. Keep these shows out of Westchester.
Russ Paulin December 18, 2012 at 05:31 PM
..we cant control people from missusing cell phones,do we ban them? they are responsible for many deaths
Russ Paulin December 18, 2012 at 05:34 PM
after Emotion comes Reason
Rabbi Mark Sameth December 18, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Mental illness is indeed a significant issue. But please look at Richard A. Friedman, M.D.'s piece in the Times today. "Only about 4 percent of violence in the United States can be attributed to people with mental illness." ("In Gun Debate, a Misguided Focus on Mental Illness" on line at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/18/health/a-misguided-focus-on-mental-illness-in-gun-control-debate.html?ref=todayspaper)
Harry One December 19, 2012 at 12:23 AM
The cover up by the government of the killing of 30 people in Fort Hood and selling of guns by the justice dept to drug dealers in Mexico is part of the problem.
Common Sense December 19, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Rabbi thank you for the reference. Dr Friedman's opinion and mine are not contradictory. In fact he states "If we really want to stop young men like him from becoming mass murderers, and prevent the small amount of violence attributable to mental illness, we should invest our resources in better screening for, and treatment of, psychiatric illness in young people". It is sad and difficult to understand how this young man who was apparently troubled in an obvious way was allowed to live in the presence of and have easy access to an arsenal.
Harry One December 22, 2012 at 03:54 PM
mental illness mother and son
I agree that the Westchester legislation should discuss banning assault weapons from being displayed on the exhibit floors of these shows.
Abby Normal March 15, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Yes, the Newtown shooter was mentally ill. But, realistically the mentally ill are usually not the murderers that people want to make them out to be. Most mentally ill persons are shy, isolated and uncomfortable with other people. they have many issues but they are not running around foaming at the mouth with a meat cleaver, looking to kill everyone. Unfortunately, the mentally ill are being used as scapegoats in this conversation and were missing the real challenge, which is that guns may not kill people, but they are used to kill people and that, my friends, is what they were designed to , which is unlike any other product I know of, including cars, cellphones, hammers and other devices you pro gun folks are so fond of comparing to them.
Common Sense March 15, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Dear Abby 1. No one here is against the mentally ill. We are against mentally unstable people being put in a position where they can hurt others intentionally or unintentionally. They should not be flying commercial airplanes, captaining ships, controlling nuclear weapons, have firearms, etc, etc. 2. Unlike what you seem to believe neither are "gun folks" running around foaming at the mouth looking to kill everyone. I have zero guns but realize that 99.999999... percent of the time guns are not used to kill people. There are over 100 million guns in the US and if they were just designed to kill people there would be only one person left standing.
SPK March 15, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Mr Common Sense...you make more sense than most.
bruiser March 15, 2013 at 04:04 PM
http://www.hangthebankers.com/list-of-school-shootings-on-antidepressants/ Nobody is dogging people who have mental illness,at least i have not seen it.Abby it is time to for people to wake up and understand that out mental health system just might be broken,when i see comments from psyciatrists who make statements like people who are shy have a mental illness that in itself is sick.The country needs to stop handing out mind altering drugs like they are jujubees.
Aidan March 15, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Bingo.

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