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People of the world, unite!

Dear Editor:

I would like to make a few comments about the horrific shootings at the Jewish deli in Jersey City a few weeks ago.

First, my sympathies to the victims. This should never have happened. Number one, it proves once again we have to ban assault weapons. But I would take a further step. I say we should make it so anyone who commits a crime with a assault weapon be sentenced 20 years without parole, I repeat without parole.

I am for releasing non violent folks from prison but feel our penalties for violent criminals too lenient. I know of a case where a man strangled his wife to death and got only seven years in prison. Yes,my friends this happens. For a crime like rape, I would sentence the criminal to 20 years without parole; if he beats the woman during the rape, 30 years. Again without parole.

I think it takes that long to rehabilitate anyone who would commit such a horrific act. Now I would like to address the few, I repeat the few folks in the black community, who defended a Board of Ed person who in her Facebook post made it sound like the shooters were freedom fighters. I quote: “Mr. Anderson and Ms. Graham went directly to the kosher supermarket, I believe they knew they would come out in body bags. What is the message they were sending? Are we honest enough to explore the answer to their message?”

This is a insane statement. Innocent people were killed. How is this any different then statements by Donald Trump? I truly believe all people ….white, black, Asian, Native American, etc. are all part of the same race: the human race. Even as a secular humanist I believe we humans have sin or self-centeredness but are capable of compassion. I believe the cult that these folks belonged to, the Black Israelite Hebrew group, is a hate group as much as the KKK.

I defend their freedom of speech, but when they commit acts like this I believe we should lock them up and throw away the key. I am glad the perps got killed. I have a hard time loving my enemy. I agree that some of the Hasidic community’s tactics in buying property may be over the top. But how does that justify killing innocent people who have nothing to do with that?

I defend that Board of Ed person’s freedom of speech but anyone with that much bigotry against any group of folks should not be on the Board of Ed. We should not tolerate these horrific acts by hate groups.

Finally, I say to all people, unite. Unite and fight the real enemy, the multi-national corporations that really run this country. And they are personified by Donald Trump, who is the king of corporate exploiters of workers. People of the world, unite!

Gil Corby

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