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Just a note. I did not start with 1MMAGC after my sisters attack, I started after Newtown, before my sisters attack.
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"even our neighbors do not know that there is a shooting range here. They think that the shots are of the noises of the hammers. "Darren Leung, 52 years, is the friendly owner of the Westside Pistol & Rifle Range. Located under a building of offices as there are thousands in New York, this place surprising is the last stand of shooting of Manhattan, relic of a time where the laws governing the possession of firearms were more flexible.
Today, 2 500 people - police officers in activity or to the retirement, hunters, marksmen and other fans of firearms - are found there to train. "If you farm, it will not be because of lack of business, but due to a rent increase," says Darren Leung, not little proud to show the trophy of wild boar which throne above the merry bazaar of his office.
In this den of the Defenders of weapons hidden under the bitumen New Yorkers, the shooting in a school in Parkland (Florida) who has made 17 dead, 14 February, and the important mobilizations of young people who have followed have been views with scepticism. "I told myself: there it is. It is restarted," says Darren Leung. Amateur of shooting for thirty years, he criticizes the calls for the strengthening of controls and critical of the local police and the FBI for their inaction in the face of the multiple warnings that the killer was the subject before its passage to the Act.
"I understand the emotion because of children have been killed, loose-t-it. But why would we all be punished? All my members are men and women law abiding, aware of the responsibility of having a firearm. They have done wrong to person. "
After the shooting, several American states have adopted certain restrictions. State has traditionally been little looking, Florida has thus voted, a few weeks after parkland, the elevation of the minimum age to acquire a firearm, 18 to 21 years, and imposed new controls on the buyers. Shops, such as the giant of sports articles Dick's Sporting Goods, have ceased to propose assault rifles. And several owners have posted on the social networks of the videos showing them in the process of destroying their arsenal. In America in the pro-weapons, this movement concerned as much as it galvanizes. "We are more mobilized, more gathered", considers Mary Callison, responsible for an association of mothers unfavorable to any regulation. Her group, One million Moms Against Gun Control, is part of the many associations that have been involved since yesterday at the annual gathering of the National Rifle Association, the lobby pro-weapons, which is held in Dallas (Texas) up to Sunday.
This American, who lives in the suburbs of Chicago, became an activist after her sister was stabbed several times during a robbery in 2015. Like others, she sees the current efforts to limit the access to the pistols and rifles as an infringement of its security. "The killers will always know how to procure weapons. They will be encouraged to act if we withdraw our means of defense, argue-t-it. It should be to prepare, because a tragedy can strike anywhere and when. This is not of the paranoia. I am realistic. "
Gwen Patton abounds. Involved in the Association Pink pistols, it militates for the port of weapons within the Community LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi- and transsexual) for purposes of self-defense. "In some places, the police is little present. As it may not be accompanied by a police officer permanently, it is necessary to find a solution. "
As other owners, Darren Leung feels "demonized" by the "political class and the media". "The pro and anti-do not understand, he acknowledges. The anti only want to defend their preconceived ideas according to which any owner of firearms is a bad person. "While this dialog of the Deaf continues, 34 shootings of mass took place in the months that followed parkland.