Las Vegas revives memories for woman who lost husband in shooting

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The Las Vegas concert massacre is bringing back chilling memories for a Mineola woman who knows firsthand what it's like to lose a loved one in a mass shooting.

Joyce Gorycki's husband, 51-year-old James Gorycki, was murdered by gunman Colin Ferguson, who opened fire on passengers aboard a Long Island Rail Road train back in December of 1993. Six people were killed and 19 were wounded in that shooting.

Joyce Gorycki says she will fight until the day she dies for gun safety. She says she’s not opposed to people having guns, but she is opposed to high-powered rifles. As the chairperson for the group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Gorycki says she is constantly fighting for safety measures to be put in place in the state and across the nation.

Gorycki says now is the time for metal detectors to be installed in hotels.

"This is the way it's gotta go, otherwise more and more people will get killed," she says. "When is America going to wake up? I'm waiting."

At Coliseum Gun Traders in Uniondale, a shop that buys, sells and trades guns, the owner says that what happened in Nevada could not have been prevented.

"Someone who is on a mission, they are going to figure out how to do it," says owner Andrew Chernoff. "Take one tool away from a person and they'll invent another tool."

Kevin Bales, of Uniondale, was in the shop Monday to trade in some of his dad's guns. He says guns are not the problem, but it's the people behind them and their mental health issues that need to be addressed.

Gorycki says she wonders when the violence will end.
 

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