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Port Chester Police Chief: Time is Right for Assault Weapon Ban

Efforts on-going to ensure safety of local schools.

In the wake of President Barack Obama's call for a ban on military-style assualt weapons, Port Chester Police Chief Joseph Krzeminski said he agrees with the proposed ban.

Krzeminski also said that police in Port Chester and Rye Brook are working closely with school officials to ensure the safety of local schools in reaction to the deadly Newtown, CT, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

On the issue of assault weapons - such as the AR-15 used in the Sandy Hook incident to kill 20 students and six adults - Krzeminski gets right to the point.

"There is no reason for a civilian to have an assault weapon," Krzeminski said. "It's not a hunting weapon."

As a law enforcement officer, Krzeminski said the danger to the community from assualt weapons outweighs any threat to Second Amendment freedoms.

However, Krzeminski said his experience has taught him that banning assualt weapons would only be one of many steps necessary to prevent mass shooting tragedies such as Sandy Hook. Krzeminski said he supports efforts to prevent bullying and to identify trouble youths as necessary to help avoid similar incidents in the future.

Krzeminski said discussions are on-going with Port Chester and Rye Brook school officials determine necessary security measures.

In Port Chester, the police department does not have any school resource officers — cops who are specifically assigned to spend time at schools. Nor does Port Chester does not have a DARE program, in which police officers work with fifth-graders in an anti-substance abuse education program.

Krzeminski said that because of staffing reductions, the police department no longer has a full-time youth officer assigned to deal with incidents specifically involving children and teenagers. At its high point, the Port Chester Police Department had 67 officers, with 57 at recent low points.

The department now has 59 officers - with two new officers hired and currently in training.

Here are the key parts of President Obama's proposals to curb gun violence:

  • Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands
  • Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and taking other common sense steps
  • Making schools safer
  • Increasing access to mental health services

These are measures President Obama is calling on Congress to pass as soon as possible:

  • Eliminating loopholes and requiring background checks for all gun sales
  • Reinstating the prohibition on high-capacity magazines
  • Renewing and strengthening the ban on assault weapons
  • Creating serious penalties for gun traffickers
  • Getting armor-piercing bullets off the streets by prohibiting the possession and transfer of this dangerous ammunition
  • Keep 15,000 cops on the street
  • Further research on gun violence
  • Help schools develop and implement comprehensive emergency management plans
  • Removing restrictions that require ATF to authorize importation of dangerous weapons simply because of their age

Here are the 23 executive orders Obama signed to fast-track some efforts:

Closing background check loopholes

1. Require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers

Steps to reduce gun violence

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission)

9. Require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations

10. Release a DOJ (Department of Justice) report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement

11. Nominate an ATF director

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities

Making schools safer

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship, and institutions of higher education

Increasing access to mental health services

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health

cirrus February 21, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Unhappy, Please define fascist.
unhappy consumer February 22, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Cirrus here is what you asked for...Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn't own the means of production, but they do control
Don March 03, 2013 at 01:29 AM
The vast majority of those perpetrating these shootings are on legal, prescription drugs. The greatest danger in America is Ritalin (which is, basically, an amphetamine) given willy-nilly to young boys. Then big Pharma has other drugs at the ready, drugs that lead to psychosis. So we are to willingly give up our rights and hope the police arrive in time? What were they (the police) doing in Newtown all that time? They were called, but took no action, their safety being paramount, not the children they are supposed to 'Protect And Serve'. Standing around while children were still being shot, that is fact. Men used to rush in, now they sit and wait. But our rights of self defense are immutable. They come from the Creator. We are not all 'martyrs' on someone's altar. Turning the other cheek is not a suicide pact. The first acts of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were gun registration, followed by the knock on the door to confiscate. Over the centuries how many millions have said: It will never happen here. But it did, and it can. The price of Liberty is eternal vigilance.
Don March 03, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Yes, mental health, thanks in large part to the legal drugs that Americans are addicted to. The mind altering garbage that doctors hand out like candy. Westchester County has no money problems keeping enormous numbers in the Westchester County Jail's revolving door.. Mostly for minor crimes, paying the guards there ridiculous salaries and outrageous benefits. Throw in the large number of County Judges (Westchester County Supreme Court) Mostly a bunch of morons allegedly dispensing justice. We lock more people up every decade than the previous one, for what? To keep feeding a bloated system that is eating the seed corn. They naturally want our guns. For the average citizen? White chalk lines and yellow tape will suffice. Mental health care? Nah, here, here's the newest drug, you'll feel better. Zombies.
Donald Borsch Jr. March 03, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Ridiculous. Is NY State determined to be full of incompetent elected/public officials? I have never seen a gun kill anyone or anything in and of itself. He knows "assault weapons" are not semi-automatics. http://wr2a.wordpress.com/
unhappy consumer March 03, 2013 at 03:10 PM
In some states fully automatic weapons are not illegal, just heavy regulated and very expensive. Here is an invention to turn your "assault weapon" into a virtual automatic weapon, legally. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0BgLk1i9yY&feature=share. Ignorance is bliss for the ATF I guess.
Don March 03, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Fully automatic weapons are regulated by the feds. BATFE. Possession outside the law of such a weapon is a fed felony. You shouldn't believe everything you see on Boob Tube. However, you can, if you qualify and pay a small fee, get a license for a fully auto weapon, people have done so. You can for a fee, $200 I believe, get a fed license for a silencer. People have done this as well. What we really need are full, yearly, background checks on politicians. Drug tests every six months for them, so we can know what 'wonder' meds they're gulping down. Plus what illegal drugs they're using as well. Test 'em early, test 'em often.
Augusta Regalia March 04, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Just thinking - why don't we all carry nuclear weapons on our persons ? Isn't that where the 2nd amendment zealots want to go anyway ? I mean when everyone is outfitted with a nuclear weapon (or 2), then we'll have reached the apex of our rights and all will be safe in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I just wonder where I could buy one...www.walmart.com???
OGRE March 04, 2013 at 06:15 PM
The words of an uneducated simpleton. Yes 2A supporters want to carry nukes. High capacity nukes, more than 7.
Augusta Regalia March 04, 2013 at 06:59 PM
au contraire mon frere ! this simpleton is highly educated and his argument is based on the premise of Nash equilibria - from a field of economics commonly known as game theory- simpletons might know it as "chicken". MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) is actually very effective... until it isn't ... so having killing machines in your home, village, state, country puts you in the game - good luck to those (simpletons) who think this model will work well for their family, neighbors or society. Nash's equilibria doesn't reward irrationality... T H I N K A B O U T I T - T H I N K R E A L L Y, R E A L L Y H A R D W H E N Y O U B U Y M O R E A M M O ! ! !
Augusta Regalia March 04, 2013 at 07:40 PM
BTW gunners - just saw this "newsflash" here on the patch http://portchester.patch.com/articles/two-handguns-stolen-in-rockland-home-burglary-24a13fd9 so surprised...wow ! who could've imagined somebody would steal guns ! ...gee, let's go get us some more guns honey, because they stole the neighbors guns and the government is gonna come take ours... oh boy.. gotta have more guns, hurry !!!
OGRE March 04, 2013 at 08:35 PM
That was one of the homes listed in the Journal News for all to see that legally owned guns. It was targeted by the Journal News as was a home in White Plains. If you are cool with having your home broken into, yourself assaulted and no way to defend yourself thats fine. But people have a right to defend themselves.
Augusta Regalia March 04, 2013 at 10:25 PM
OK - you seem thirsty so let's try another form of Nash. Mandatory death penalty for gun possession except for within the home - no exceptions. What happens to that society as you iterate through a few cycles ?
Don March 05, 2013 at 02:29 AM
This is such a great idea! Why didn't I think of it. Yeah, so someone breaks into my home, I nuke 'em, plus my family, my neighbors, the block, PC. Heck, we'd be off this mortal coil at least. That's sarcasm lest anyone not get it. Calling 911. Hello, how may we serve you today? Uh, yeah, someone's breaking into my house. Reply: Stay where you are, we're bringing the yellow tape and the white chalk. Have a nice day, sir. Speak softly and carry a big whistle.
Don March 05, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Murderers, even mass murderers, never suffer the death penalty in the majority of the States. So look here boys and girls, lets execute someone for exercising their 2nd Amendment Rights, merely for carrying self defense. The Founding Fathers, who're they again? Oh, never mind them. Whoo-hoo, what an idea. As for all things Nash, I defer to Rich Conaty.
Don March 05, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Every American needs to read this article. What is going on? Well over one billion bullets, now armored tanks? By DHS, that reprehensible agency begun by the lousy Bush II, and now going gang busters under the even worse Obama. http://www.infowars.com/obama-dhs-purchases-2700-light-armored-tanks-to-go-with-their-1-6-billion-bullet-stockpile/
Augusta Regalia March 05, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Well the question was meant to invoke thinking Don, but welcome to the conversation! What happens in all of these scenarios is similar in that much like tic-tac-toe - irrationality cannot be accommodated. Given that, the only logical response is to lessen the lose-lose outcomes for society. Single shot barrels with a powder keg, much like the amendment writers knew, is a more reasonable downside for me if you consider what happens to me when your gun gets stolen. What about my rights gun fans? do I need to out arm everyone in society to pursue my happiness ? The 1 nuke per man paradigm is where your logic will lead - everybody armed and dangerous - that's not what our grand-daddy's grand-daddy had in mind when he penned the 2A.
Don March 06, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Many were armed when the Founder's authored the 2nd Amendment. Our righ to self defense is not fungible. So a gun get stolen, we ban guns? Cars are stolen all the time, with many resulting in innocent people being killed. Ban cars and return to the buckboard? There are places in America where it is required that adults own a gun. The crime rates in those communities is incredibly low. England, great gun grabbers, has, per capita, nearly twice the home break in's as America. And well over half of those in England are 'hot', meaning the tenants are at home when the criminals break and enter. The 'hot' percentage in America is in the mid-teens. Why the higher numbers in England, where gun possession is almost nil? Hmmmm?
JJ March 06, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Really interesting points and conversations here. I thought I'd mention this fact in this blog to see what people think of this fact: "Georgia resident Larry Wayne Thornton was among the 17 people included in President Obama‘s first series of presidential pardons, one man is receiving clemency for his conviction of possessing an unregistered firearm". My understanding is that he had a weapon(s) with the serial numbers files off of it; a BIG "no no" in possessing illegal guns. I understand what the government is trying to do here but this sounds like they are not reading their own press releases; doesn't it?
JJ March 06, 2013 at 01:12 PM
MORE INFORMATION: Larry Wayne Thornton – Forsyth, Georgia. Offense: Possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C. §§ 5861(d), 5871; possession of a firearm without a serial number, 26 U.S.C. §§ 5861(i), 5871. Sentence: Four years probation.
Augusta Regalia March 06, 2013 at 06:19 PM
The primary purpose of a car is transportation - but the reason for stealing one is not to obtain free transportation. Therefore I would argue that your comparison with guns has little merit - especially the very flimsy linkage to deaths resulting from stolen cars. The primary purpose of a gun is to exert force over somebody else - in either a offensive or defensive context. That's why people steal them. You argue that everyone should be able to defend themselves and their property - if society agrees with that, which appears to be the case, then the remaining question is then one of degree. If society permits you to own an assault rifle, then wouldn't I need an assault rifle in order to defend myself against you? Rights conferred upon you as one that wants to exert more force (by virtue of a more powerful killing machine) need to be conferred to everyone else too. So if society allows you to own an RPG, etc. etc. There is no way to stop the escalation under the premise of "I need this thing to defend myself against those having worse things than me". The logic is simple - society has less risk when the weapons in the society have less firepower.
Augusta Regalia March 06, 2013 at 07:17 PM
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2012/1224/Could-the-US-learn-from-Australia-s-gun-control-laws Everyone should read this and take time to think...Keep away from the crazy talking heads trying to sell ad time and use your ability to think critically. We can only evolve if we think hard about complex issues.
Don March 06, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Did you bother to read the article I linked. The government stockpiling ammo and now over 2000 armored vehicles/tanks for domestic use?
Don March 07, 2013 at 12:19 AM
As I pointed out regards gun grabbing in England, 'hot' burglaries are at epidemic levels over there, and the burglary rate per capita basically twice that of America. Why? You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. You have no response, natural enough. These weapons, and how many times must others say it, assault weapons are full auto rifles. So stop calling these single pull single shot guns as assault weapons, they're not. Many guns are stolen to be sold for the money, as are cars. You have no idea how much mayhem occurs every year in America with stolen cars. Why? The phony big media chooses not to dwell on it. As it ignores the massive crime wave perpetrated by many illegals in this country. Murder, rape, assault at high levels from these illegals yet the media reports 1% at best. And OUR government does little, releasing hundreds, thousands back onto the streets in recent weeks it turns out. How does that help the American Citizen? How many crimes each day are prevented by legal guns? Far more than you'll ever hear reported. How dare those people defend themselves! Who do they think they are? Or are you in that camp as the Democrat in Colorado is? Telling women they shouldn't carry but should surrender to a rapist. Last year many women foiled rapists with legal guns. Who do they think they are? You continue to ignore the communities where gun ownership is mandated and their low crime rates owing to that.
Augusta Regalia March 07, 2013 at 03:24 AM
OK, I'll take your poorly presented bait - apparently you're insisting (yawn): 1 - Define "epidemic levels" 2 - Define "phony big media" 3 - Share your crime data on "these illegals". You claim to have superior data to "the media" 4 - How "many" rapes were averted by the presence of a gun ? 5 - Democrat in CO, who's that ?- I'm not in any camps and am not seeking any. 6 - Please tell us what communities mandate gun ownership? Apologies for ignoring them, do you think they are relevant to a serious conversation about a serious issue? As you try to come up with these "facts", perhaps it will provide you with an opportunity to think about what you've been believing and why you believe it.
Augusta Regalia March 07, 2013 at 03:51 AM
Oh yeah - re 6 - the little town in Georgia has been analyzed by legitimate statisticians and the facts are different from the NRA would care to know: ^ Hemenway, David (2006). Private Guns, Public Health. Ann Arbor, Mich: University of Michigan Press. p. 65. ISBN 0-472-03162-7. "...a careful analysis of the data did not show that guns reduce crime." ^ Squires, Peter (2000). Gun culture or gun control?: firearms, violence and society. New York: Routledge. p. 82. ISBN 0-415-17087-7. "Later research, however, found no reduction in Kennesaw burglary rates when the figures were re-examined over a longer time period."
Don March 07, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Hot burglaries exceed 50% of all burglaries in England, compared with the mid-teens in America. That 50%+ figure is epidemic. Again, all burglaries in England are nearly double the US rate per capita. So how many stories in that regard have you seen in the American media? As for the crime rates perpetrated in America by illegals, search for it yourself. The feds keep the numbers, but the phony media stay away from that. Why? Because they are in the tank for amnesty. The stats for rapes prevented by guns is available. The story of the pol in Colorado was big news, well, mentioned and then swept under the rug by the big media. Google it. It was viral in the alternate media. There's more than one place in America with gun requirements. And who is to say who a 'legitimate statistician' is, hmm? Others, just as 'legitimate' have found different.
Augusta Regalia March 07, 2013 at 12:31 PM
weak Don ... alternate media is often dishonest media- your kooky gun nut websites will always find a sponsor at the NRA willing to right a check for them to exercise their free speech rights. That money from the NRA comes from the weapon producers who are hell bent on arming you and everyone else who believes that more weaponry makes us safer - if that's who you chose to listen to and trust for accuracy, then I guess you're not seeking answers but justifications for your prejudice. Unforgunately, our society is allowing you to remain ignorant because it is your right - and as you've shown us - you think that your rights are more important than mine...sigh
Don March 08, 2013 at 03:42 AM
So you resort to silliness in the end, eh. Alternate media was merely where the Colorado pols remarks went viral, as I posted, but Google it. AP had the story. Your point is no point at all when you smear alternate media, which merely used the story that main stream media reported. Resorting to the phrase "kooky gun nut websites' also exposes your lack of comprehension and bias. So please do not try and spin my original post. The stories regarding the burglary rates in England are from traditional news sources, and I never said otherwise. And your rights? What right of yours, that is in the Constitution, is being infringed? You're not required to own a gun in PC, don't want one, don't own one. And you never commented on the article about the feds arming themselves as they are. The sources are legitimate. But ignorance being bliss, you are indeed very blissful.
George Colaluca March 24, 2013 at 01:59 AM
The worst mas murder in Port Chester was the Gulliver's fire 27 people died do we ban gasoline. The point is criminal and crazy will find other ways to kill people be it fire a bomber, fire, or suicide bomber they always find a way. As we must find a way to stop them

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