The worst mass murder in U.S. history has two Queens ties. Shooter Omar Mateen was born in Queens and lived here for before moving to Long Island then Fort Pierce, Florida.
He bought an assault rifle and semi-automatic pistol from the St. Lucie Shooting Center, which is run by retired NYPD detective Edward Henson, who worked at Far Rockaway's 101st Precinct before retiring in 2002.
The Orlando slaughter came just two days after another the murder of singer Christina Grimmie at a local nightspot, confirming Florida's reputation as "The Gunshine State."
Buying guns there is almost as easy as buying beer and beef jerky, and firearms from Florida and other southern states are often used by felons in New York.
How can we stop these nightmares from becoming the new norm? Don't count on Congress, the NRA has the GOP in its holster, but there are things all of us can do as taxpayers and voters.
Individual investors can take action by joining the Unload Your 401K campaign. Employees must not allow their 401K contributions to be invested in firearms financiers like the Vanguard & Fidelity mutual funds that own large shares of Smith & Wesson, Sturm Ruger and other merchants of mass murder.
Taxpayers must demand that federal, state and local agencies stop spending our money to buy guns from companies that sell mass murder weapons to civilians.
Recently, Senator Chuck Schumer urged the Army not to award a $560 million small arms contract to any firm that makes assault weapons available to the general public.
The NYPD also has no business buying police firearms from from irresponsible gunmakers. If our nation's largest police force draws a line in the sand, other local police forces will follow.
Kew Gardens Hills