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Weigh in on Carolyn McCarthy's Departure

The longtime House member has announced her retirement. What will her legacy be?

Carolyn McCarthy  File Photo
Carolyn McCarthy File Photo
A noteworthy Congressional career ended Wednesday with Carolyn McCarthy's announcement that she will not run for re-election.

The 70-year-old Mineola Democrat, whose district includes parts of Wantagh, has been undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

She's often associated with causes relate to gun control and came to prominence when she began speaking out on the issue after her husband Dennis  was killed in the 1993 mass shooting at the Merrilon Avenue Long Island Rail Road Station.

Rep Peter King, R-Seaford, whose district neighbor's McCarthy,  praised her for standing up for Long Islanders.

We want to know what you think. How will you remember McCarthy. What is her legacy? Which of her positions did you agree with and which ones did you differ with? Will her departure strengthen or weaken Long Island's influence in Washington?

Let us know in the Comment section below.
Alex Lycoyannis January 10, 2014 at 11:45 AM
EJ48, why exactly is it "preposterous"? It is common sense and borne out by reality. Do mass shooters go where their victims are sitting ducks, or where the populace is more likely to be armed? Liberal "received wisdom" like that which you are exhibiting always flouted common sense, and people who actually look at and are affected by the matter are starting to rethink their positions. Witness the police commissioner of Detroit last week: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140103/METRO01/301030038 " “Coming from California (Craig was on the Los Angeles police force for 28 years), where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs (carrying concealed weapon permits), and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation. “I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.” EJ48, your position is quite simply antiquated and not borne out by the facts or human nature.
EJ48 January 10, 2014 at 01:07 PM
IMHO it's ludicrous, insane, silly and sick to think we'd all be safer walking around with concealed weapons. You can find a quote or isolated situation to "prove" anything, but common sense dictates otherwise.
Alex Lycoyannis January 10, 2014 at 02:33 PM
You can go along thinking whatever you'd like if it makes you feel better. Reality, human nature and what our Constitution recognizes is a fundamental human right, however, dictate a contrary conclusion,
John January 10, 2014 at 02:47 PM
EJ...... It is not "preposterous" to be able to defend yourself. Think what it would have been like to be trapped on a moving train knowing that you are next and not having any way out or any way of fighting back. Sheep being led to slaughter. A call to 911 useless. Alex is correct in pointing out the court decision. Please read it. Heroin and cocaine are "banned" in this Country. They are illegal to buy or possess. Yet, any high school student can obtain it on the black market. These drugs are widely available, even though they are banned. We live in an open society. Our borders are open to anyone. If guns are banned they will still be available to anyone who wants one. The law abiding citizen will then be at a greater disadvantage. I will protect myself and my family as our natural born rights allow.
EJ48 January 10, 2014 at 05:45 PM
If y'all think we'd be a better society if we all carried concealed heat, God Bless. The end

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