Protect our protectors

By Queens Courier Staff | |

Protect our protectors

Why is it that in only four months, eight — EIGHT — police officers have been shot in our city?

Though most have been lucky enough to escape serious injury, the fact remains that more needs to be done to protect our protectors.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that, “All the shootings have a disgraceful fact in common: all were committed with illegal guns that came from out of state. And that is the case with nearly every shooting in our city.”

So why is more not being done?

The mayor blames Congress for protecting the gun lobby over our police officers and citizens.

We agree.

Greed and self interest have no place in passing legislation.

No amount of money can bring a loved one back, and there is no way to fill the void left when someone is lost to senseless violence.

So whether it be stronger laws or stricter enforcement, there needs to be more of an effort to get illegal guns off the streets.

And though Bloomberg has made this a cornerstone of his administration, it is truly a shame that the NYPD — who work tirelessly to “protect and serve” — are not afforded better protection themselves.

We encourage you to contact your local congressmember on this very important issue:

Congressmember Gary Ackerman: 718-423-2154; Congressmember Gregory Meeks: 718-725-6000; Congressmember Joseph Crowley: 718-779-1400; Congressmember Bob Turner: 718-426-5000; Congressmember Carolyn Maloney: 718-932-1804; Congressmember Nydia Velasquez: 718-599-3658.


Act of heroism

We applaud the members of the FDNY who bravely and selflessly rescued a septuagenarian from her burning Lindenwood apartment last week.

Firefighter James Goelz, of Ladder Co. 107, was among the heroes who risked life and limb to save the woman.

But let us not forget that though this was undoubtedly an amazing rescue, it was probably just another day on the job for these firefighters.

The FDNY, like their NYPD counterparts, go out — day after day, night after night — uncertain of what they will face.

With guts, grit and determination, they make our city safe.

They allow us to live in peace, to enjoy all that our great borough and our city have to offer.

Let us reflect and remember that when we count our blessings and enjoy our freedoms, it is due in large part to these heroes.