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NY Professor: 'Red Flag' Law Will Not Stop Gun Violence
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a "red flag" law on Feb. 25. The gun control law gives New Yorkers—specifically family relatives, law enforcement, and school staff—the ability to petition an order for the removal of another's firearms. The law is a response to gun violence, including mass shootings such as the ones that took place at Stoneman Douglas High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School. However, defenders of the Constitution believe that the red flag law infringes on the rights of Americans and is missing the point on reducing gun violence. In addition, the law has been criticized as a step toward authoritarian rule. "The reason it's not gonna fix anything is because we're not exploring the issue the right way," said Political Science Professor Nicholas Giordano during a panel discussion hosted by The Queens Village Republican Club. "We're looking at problems as if guns are the problem, rather than culture being the problem."