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Binghamton community reacts to gun legislation

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Binghamton community reacts to gun legislation
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The issue of reforming gun laws hits close to home for many people in the Binghamton community, especially those who lost loved ones in the mass shooting at the American Civic Association in 2009. Our Melissa Kakareka reports.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Gun laws are a sensitive topic for many of the ACA's victim's family members.

It was only three and a half years ago that Jiverly Wong walked into the American Civic Association and killed thirteen people before killing himself. He fired 99 shots from two handguns, causing the worst mass shooting in New York State's history.

Lubomyr Zobniw lost his wife, Maria, in the shooting. Today, he said that when it comes to gun laws, legislators may have good intentions. But he said that no matter what laws the state passes, preventing a mass shooting like the ACA also depends upon how laws are enforced.

"If there are laws, but your laws are not enforced, then is the problem solved? The best way something can be changed, say for example the massacre in Binghamton, it is that the people understand the laws and the law enforcement enforce the laws rather than create laws due to political necessity," said Lubomyr Zobniw, ACA victim's husband.

Zobniw says he also believes the burden falls upon society to understand and teach others right from wrong.

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