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Grace Slezak: 'Protect Our People'

Glen Cove resident breaks down what needs to change in wake of another mass shooting.

In the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., we all mourn this inexplicable horror and evil. 

In an ever-changing world, we must be pro-active in our ability to provide a safe environment in all our public spaces: Schools, shopping centers, theaters, restaurants, museums, hospitals, office buildings, hotels, stadiums, airports, etc. The technology already exists; it just needs some minor modifications to adapt to each situation. 

I would like to propose that every public doorway would have metal detectors built into the frame with a manned monitor. 

Cameras are everywhere to catch people stealing in stores. Let's put cameras to work for our safety and security, as well. 

An armed guard should be in each school and institution; practice drills, automatic robo-calls to each room in a building when there is a breach in the security, programmed entry access cards, check-in procedures for guests, etc. would all make a positive and meaningful difference in providing a safer environment for us all.  

We have all been touched by this tragedy; our hearts are broken; the grief is devastating; however, the solution is available. 

We need to demand that our federal government implement these measures immediately and federal funding needs to be provided for this to be achieved.  We need to protect our people and our homeland. 

The time has come and is long past due that the federal government provides funding for us instead of sending billions of dollars all around the world. 

We need to take care of the people in America first and this tragedy could be the impetus to do just that. This is not just a request to be put on the calendar for some future discussion; this is a compelling emergency which requires immediate action.  

Grace Merrell Slezak is the Broker/Owner/President of Destiny Realty Corp with an office in Glen Cove for 20 years. She has an B.A. and M.A. from Hofstra University.

John December 20, 2012 at 02:38 PM
tj, you just described the NYC finest in your comment closing. Read back how many rounds they fired in every case including when the would be perpetrator was unarmed!
John December 20, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Jason I agree. But our selective demand for civil liberties prevents us from questioning and/or raise any suspicions and we go out of our way to demand privacy even for minors. Yesterday I received a permission slip to sign so the school nurse can measure the BMI of my child who BTW is a strong toothpick. We get tangled up in our own britches.......yet because we are incapable of controlling a criminal we pass laws after laws which are hardly ever enforced to control all innocent others.
John December 20, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Ciao piccolo pazzo. I haven't set foot in any boroughs of NYC since August of 1989 when NYC finest did not even want to take and gang attack report, never mind protects us. Well I follow the laws unlike criminals and since I cannot trust their finest to protect me or my family and they do not trust me protecting myself, I avoid their perimeter like the plague. Whenever possible I do not take risks and case in point pay attention to how well the city's barricading itself is working out.
tj December 29, 2012 at 02:57 AM
I know..... its a very hard situation....all these people saying they will do this and that...and gun owners carrying a hand gun thinking they will provide justice....very out of touch people...Those people only learn when they shoot someone by accident trying to shoot a robber.....
John December 29, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Other than gang related drive by shooting aimlessly in our cities, where are the stats showing how many unintentional victims are shot? There are approx 2.5 million of armed self defense incidents per year which are unreported due to the perpetrators just fleeing without any injuries, the hoped for results.

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