April 8, 2013
James Schiliro, a.k.a. Jay Schiliro, the mayor of Marcus Hook, a small town in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, faces charges of official oppression, reckless endangerment, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, and furnishing a minor with alcohol. He surrendered to authorities on Thursday morning, and his attorney declared that “we intend to fight these charges.”
Schiliro, 38, allegedly ordered a local police officer to bring a 20-year-old male friend to his home, where the mayor plied him with alcohol, and made sexual advances which the man refused. Schiliro allegedly brandished several handguns and fired one of them into the floor in an apparent attempt to intimidate the young man, who reportedly was in fear of his life.
The mayor was freed on $50,000 bail and told to stay away from the alleged victim and give up his stash of firearms.
By David Edwards
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 13:37 EDT
The hosts of Fox & Friends on Tuesday suggested that politicians should be required to take an IQ or competency test to prove that they were knowledgeable about guns.
Host Steve Doocy pointed to a Monday New York Post column where Glenn Harlan Reynolds first floated the idea of an IQ test after a Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette (D) mistakenly asserted that gun magazines could not be reused.
“If somebody’s going to be in Capitol Hill or in Congress and you’re going to sponsor legislation or you’re going to vote on something, you better know what you’re talking about,” Doocy opined.
Brett LoGiurato | Apr. 9, 2013, 10:13 AM
MSNBC‘s Joe Scarborough continued to rip into Senate Republicans on Tuesday for threatening to filibuster new gun legislation, challenging his party to “wake up,” especially on the issue of universal background checks.
“It’s basically a 90-10 issue in something that involves the massacre of 20 first-grade children,” Scarborough said of universal background checks.
“Is anybody awake in my party on the hill?”
Scarborough offered similar criticism on Monday, charging Republicans with supporting “rapists’ rights over parents’ rights.” But the filibuster threat picked up steam on Monday, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will join the filibuster effort that was spearheaded by Republican Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz.
In testimony before the Oregon legislature, a survivor of the communist revolution shared his harrowing story. Manuel Martinez, who claims to have lived through the communist uprising in Cuba, told the legislators about the atrocities that can take place once freedom is lost.
He chastised those who seek to impose new restrictions on gun ownership:
By Scott Whitlock | April 09, 2013 | 12:46
All three network newscasts on Monday and the morning shows on Tuesday promoted Barack Obama’s “urgent plea” for gun control. These programs pushed the emotional angles, focusing on the Newtown families. Opposition to new restrictions on the Second Amendment was mostly ignored. On World News, guest host George Stephanopoulos hyped, “Tonight, urgent plea. The President goes all out in the fight over guns in America. Calling in the families of the children slain in Newtown.” [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
Reporter Jon Karl parroted administration talking points: “The President portrayed his gun plan as a moral imperative.” The ABC reporter then played two clips of Obama, including one where he lectured, “This is not about me. This is not about politics.” (How can journalists allow a politician promoting legislation to get away with saying something “isn’t about politics”?) Karl also highlighted Gabby Giffords’s husband arguing for more restrictions, but no pro-Second Amendment voices. On the CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley introduced three segments on gun control.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) There could not be more than a handful of Americans who were not sickened by the horrible shooting deaths of 20 six-year-old children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., in December by a crazed, drug-taking, mentally disturbed Adam Lanza. We are all humans. Most of us are mothers or fathers, brothers or sisters. We all have someone we love and whom we would be devastated to lose, especially in such a horrific, heinous manner.
But what 26 Connecticut state senators and 105 members of the state House, in conjunction with Gov. Dannel Malloy, did in early April – putting in place strict new and unconstitutional gun control legislation – is not going to save lives in Connecticut, is not going to “curb gun violence” in the state and, more importantly, would not have stopped Lanza from committing his terrible crime.
All they have done by passing SB 1160 and signing into law is punish law-abiding gun owners and, in all honesty, make residents less safe because – for the millionth time – criminals and mental health cases like Lanza don’t follow laws written on paper or rules posted on signs. Only law-abiding, civil society-minded people do those things.
But they have also done one other thing: They have violated their oaths of office to uphold and support the Constitution of the United States, as well as their own state Constitution. And for that, they should be punished.
By The Christian Science Monitor
Monday, April 8, 2013 2:25 EDT
In principle, at least, most Americans want tougher gun-control laws. But as the recent episodes of gun violence recede in time if not memory, the likelihood of that happening seems to be fading as well.
When gun control comes up in the US Senate this week or next, 13 Republican senators promise to filibuster any strengthening of gun safety laws.
“We will oppose the motion to proceed on any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions,” they wrote to Senate majority leader Harry Reid.
Leading the filibuster effort is Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. He has been joined by Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Marco Rubio of Florida, Jim Moran and Pat Roberts of Kansas, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Jim Risch and Mike Crapo of Idaho, and Dan Coats of Indiana.
(TruthSquadTV) Grassroots group, Save Long Island, hosted a town hall meeting inviting 31 legislators to discuss their votes for the NY Safe Act, which restricted gun ownership in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre. No legislators showed up to the meeting.
(CNSNews.com) – MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said Friday that the National Rifle Association wants “guns on demand, like you’re buying a Hershey bar.”
“That’s the way they want to do it, guns on demand, like you’re buying a Hershey bar. That’s it. It’s a Hershey bar. I think I’d like one. I’m going to try that. You know, no background check? What are you, crazy? Okay, that’s the hideous argument they make, check out the guy that’s going to guard the kids, but don’t check out the guy who’s buying the gun to go after the kids,” Matthews said referring to the NRA.
….public protests, art, blogs and the right to a fair trial
April 8, 2013
All those who value free speech, art, public protests, internet blogs and due process should be waging an all-out information war right now to defend the Second Amendment. Why? Because if the Second Amendment is lost due to unconstitutional legislative and executive actions pursued by the government, then there are no limits to what civil liberties and individual freedoms the government can declare null and void.
All those who are arguing for infringements of Second Amendment liberties (universal registration, banning AR-15s, criminalizing high-capacity magazines, etc.) are effectively arguing to hand the federal government the precedent it needs to criminalize free speech, religion, public protests, internet blogs, Youtube videos and more.
In effect, gun grabbers are arguing for the government to have the power to overturn the Bill of Rights when it is popular to do so. But such power will inevitably end up being used in circumstances never envisioned by the gun grabbers… and often in the hands of someone they hoped would never hold the office of President such as a third member of the Bush regime.
The Bill of Rights isn’t optional
You can’t have a half-way Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights either means what it says and strictly limits the reach of the federal government, or it means nothing and all the individual rights and liberties enumerated in the Bill of Rights are null and void.
Those include the right to exercise whatever religion you choose and not have the state mandate what church you must attend; the right to speak your mind and even criticize the government without fear of being prosecuted for your opinions; the right to due process and a trial of your peers if charged with a crime; and the right to be safe in your person and effects (your home) without being subjected to illegal searches and seizures.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With time running out on the chance to pass gun control legislation, President Barack Obama on Monday warned Congress not to use delaying tactics against tighter regulations and told families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims that he’s “determined as ever” to honor their children with tougher laws.
Obama’s gun control proposals have run into resistance on Capitol Hill, leaving their fate in doubt. Efforts by Senate Democrats to reach compromise with Republicans over expanding required federal background checks have yet to yield an agreement, and conservatives were promising to try blocking the Senate from even beginning debate on gun control legislation.
“The day Newtown happened was the toughest day of my presidency,” Obama said in an emotional speech from Connecticut’s capital, an hour’s drive from Newtown. “But I’ve got to tell you, if we don’t respond to this, that’ll be a tough day for me too.”
April 8, 2013
No one in California has had their guns confiscated and the government destroys any record of a firearm background check within 24 hours, the Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Mark Glaze, told Erin Burnett’s CNN audience last night.
(CNSNews.com) – CNN Anchor Jake Tapper had some advice for gun control advocates: They might do better if they “seemed more familiar with what exactly they’re trying to ban.”
“The gun debate is worth having. We will have that conversation on the show. We have had it. We will continue to,” Tapper said on Friday’s episode of “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” said.
“But it might help the advocates of gun control if, in their advocacy for stricter measures, they seemed more familiar with what exactly they’re trying to ban,” he suggested.
Foundation fellows and diplomats have lauded the overwhelming approval of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by the General Assembly of the United Nations, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon describing it as a means to obstruct the illicit arms flow to warlords, pirates, terrorists, criminals and the like.
Many who have critically monitored the situation in Syria and the ramifications of foreign intervention in Libya may have difficulty swallowing Ban’s words, as some would argue that the UN has itself been complicit in these crises for turning a blind eye to arms and funding going to al-Qaeda-linked rebels in various countries.
Twenty-three countries abstained from the vote (representing half the world’s population), including Russia, China, India, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Egypt, while three – Syria, Iran, and North Korea – voted no. Iran’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani called the treaty a political document disguised as an Arms Trade Treaty, and with highly legitimate reasons for doing so.
“The right to acquire and import arms for their (importer states’) security needs is subject to the discretionary judgment and extremely subjective assessment of the exporting states. That is why this text is highly abusable and susceptible to politicization, manipulation and discrimination,” said Dehghani, referring to conditions that arms exporting states would be able to impose on importing states.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks between two influential senators have emerged as the most promising route for a bipartisan breakthrough on expanding federal background checks for gun buyers, a pivotal part of President Barack Obama’s plan for combating gun violence.
One possibility being discussed by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., would involve expanding background checks to gun show sales and firearms transactions online, Senate aides said. Sales between close relatives and temporary transfers between hunters may be excluded, but an agreement along those lines could give Obama’s guns agenda a significant boost and would be a major expansion of the current system, which covers only sales handled by federally licensed gun dealers.
The agreement remains a work in progress and could change, said Senate aides who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private talks.
DENVER, CO – U.S. President Barack Obama addresses gun control issues during a speech at the Denver Police Academy on April 3, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Obama commended Colorado’s newly passed gun control laws. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
by Shepard Ambellas
April 6, 2013
ELBERT COUNTY, COLORADO — President Obama announced Wednesday in Colorado, that he plans to press the Congress to pass at least one assault weapons ban and stringent universal background checks for the purchase of firearms. This comes after the recent wave of mass shootings that have seemed to plague the United States.
One thing is clear, the establishment has used these “domestic terror” events to their advantage, further stripping US citizens of their rights. The New York SAFE Act is an example, signed into law 1 hour after it passed the senate by Gov. Cuomo in January of 2013. The Act limits the amount of rounds firearm magazines can hold.
Although it is widely publicized that the presidents visit to Colorado is indeed propaganda as we see in a Huffington Post piece which reads, “The trip is heavy with political symbolism. Colorado expanded background checks and placed restrictions on magazines despite being a state with a deep-rooted hunting tradition, where gun ownership is a cherished right. Moreover, Obama will meet with law enforcement officials and community leaders at the Denver Police Academy, not far from the Aurora suburb where a gunman last summer killed 12 people in a movie theater. The president’s trip is occurring in the same week that prosecutors announced they would seek the death penalty for James Holmes, accused of carrying out the Aurora rampage.”
You can clearly see how the establishment has seized on the opportunity.
Recently Elbert County Colorado Sheriff Shayne Heap responded to president Obama’s visit to Colorado in a video message. In the video Heap states, “To enact laws that are both constitutionally questionable and punitive to law abiding citizens who have done nothing wrong, borders on legislative abuse.”
The Sheriff points out how Obama flew in from Washington DC which has an extremely high murder rate and tell Colorado what to do.
(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday enthusiastically welcomed an overwhelming U.N. General Assembly vote in favor of a global conventional arms trade treaty, but many of his former colleagues in the U.S. Senate – which will have to ratify the treaty – are leery.The U.S. joined 153 other nations voting in favor of the arms trade treaty (ATT), ending almost a decade of negotiations. Three countries – Iran, Syria and North Korea – opposed it while another 23 countries abstained, among them Russia and China, both major arms exporters.
Kerry in a statement welcoming the “historic outcome” of the talks described the ATT as “strong, effective and implementable,” saying that the treaty “can strengthen global security while protecting the sovereign right of states to conduct legitimate arms trade.”
Supporters see much to like about the treaty, which seeks to prohibits countries from conducting weapons transfers that will violate arms embargoes or be used for acts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The mayor of Philadelphia, Democrat Michael Nutter, signed a law this week which bans gun from city playgrounds and recreation centers. According to NBC10, the law levies a $2,000 fine on anybody who brings a gun “in or around city-owned and occupied facilities.” The law still faces a serious hurdle to clear, though.
Pennsylvania has a state preemption law that prevents the city of Philadelphia from instituting its own gun control legislation. NBC10 reports that “Uniform Firearms Act of 1995 makes it illegal for any county, municipality or township to regulate an individual’s possession of firearms.” In fact, other towns have repealed their restrictions on legally-owned firearms in parks due to the state law.
So, it is up to the state to act against this Philadelphia law that appears to be in direct violation of the Uniform Firearms Act. It may be very important for them to do so. After all, as this incident shows, the politicians in Philadelphia want strict gun control.
Friday, April 05, 2013
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
(NaturalNews) Gun control zealots currently think they are winning. Connecticut has just passed a wildly unconstitutional new gun control law, and it was preceded by New York’s similarly-outrageous assault on private gun ownership liberties. Colorado, Maryland and California are all either working on gun control bills or have already passed various measures that are blatantly illegal in America.
What gun grabbers do not yet realize is that there are three powerful reasons why their gun control laws will soon be null and void:
April 4, 2013
A US Navy veteran had his guns confiscated by police following a forced “psychiatric evaluation” in another example of how the Veterans Administration is accelerating a purge of armed ex-servicemembers in accordance with a federal government demonization campaign that has labeled vets domestic terrorists.
April 3, 2013
Midnight, Monday, April 1. Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado.
A home. Somebody at the door.
Wife makes 911 call, reports a person “behaving very erratically.”
Man breaks into the house.
Husband and wife have “altercation” with the man.
Both husband and wife have guns.
They both shoot the man. He dies.
Husband and wife sustain minor injuries. Bosses at work place them on paid leave.
No prosecution, no problem.
New Colorado gun laws, passed in the wake of the Aurora and Sandy Hook massacres, require background checks for all gun purchases and set a limit of 15 rounds on clips. Gun owners in the state fear the background checks are a first step toward targeting all gun owners in the state.
(THE BLAZE) A New Jersey mother was arrested and told to turn over her guns after reading the Constitution and peacefully protesting at a tax dispute forum, she says.
Eileen Hart was with her husband Keith and her 7-year-old daughter on Saturday at the Gloucester Community Center to dispute a mandatory home re-evaluation that would roughly double her property value (and therefore dramatically increase her rates), objecting on multiple grounds. As an Orthodox Jew, she refused to have the inspectors in her home when her husband was away at work. As an American citizen, she objected to the seemingly arbitrary reappraisal, noting that she is not planning on selling her home and hasn’t renovated her kitchen in 30 years.
But at the forum, Hart was allegedly told that since she didn’t let the inspectors into her home, they had a right to “assume” its value under the New Jersey state constitution.
During a speech at the Moms Demand Action rally for gun control in St. Louis, a call went out for a “Children’s Right Amendment” to “counterbalance” the Second Amendment.
YouTube video posted by Jim Hoft shows Dr. Robert Flood at the March 30 rally, asking for support of a constitutional amendment, “The Children’s Rights Amendment, or the CRA, would allow a more solid legal foundation to so-called counterbalance the legal interpretation of the Second and 14th Amendments as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court,” Flood said.
Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
April 1, 2013
Despite failing to be adopted by consensus vote on last Thursday, the Arms Trade Treaty’s (ATT) civilian disarmament agenda marches on.
In an interview with The New American in advance of Thursday’s ill-fated final plenary session of the conference at UN headquarters deliberating the Arms Trade Treaty, a member of the U.S. delegation said the they were prepared to vote in favor of adoption of the gun grab.
They never got the chance, however, as Iran, Syria, and North Korea objected to the treaty, declaring it to be too favorable to the interests of the United States.
That point is debatable.
As I reported from the conference, the text of the treaty mandates several infringements on the right of people to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
For example, the Preamble of the Arms Trade Treaty points to the United Nations Charter as the source of guiding principles upon which the agreement is based. Citizens of the United States, however, recognize God as the source of all rights they enjoy. Not even the Constitution claims to be the giver of rights; it is merely the protector of them.
The ultimate American statement on the issue of the provenance of rights was written by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gun control activist Mark Kelly says a proposed national gun background bill under discussion in the Senate should include better access to mental health records that could prevent psychologically disturbed people from obtaining guns.
Kelly, a former astronaut and husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, said Sunday that the suspect accused of severely wounding his wife could not have bought the guns he wielded if a background check had exposed his mental problems.
Jared Loughner pleaded guilty to shooting Giffords and killing six people in Tucson in January 2011. Case records released last week showed Loughner passed a background check despite evidence of his agitated mental state.
Kelly pressed for the proposed background check law in an interview on Fox News Sunday.
March 31, 2013
(Christian Gomez) As Democrats and gun control advocates praise the New York State Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, or NY SAFE Act as it is generally known, for being the first post-Newtown gun control legislation in the country, county after county in New York State has either introduced or passed resolutions calling for the law’s repeal.
As of March 11, a total of 52 out of New York State’s 62 counties have introduced resolutions requesting the repeal of the NY SAFE Act. Of those 52 county resolutions, 40 of them have already passed — meaning that roughly two-thirds of the counties of New York State reject Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “landmark” gun control legislation.
Of the state’s 10 remaining counties that have yet to introduce any such anti-NY SAFE Act resolution, half of them are in New York City. New York City is composed of five boroughs — Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx — each of which is also a state county (respectively: Kings County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County, and Bronx County). Outside of New York City, the five remaining counties that have not introduced repeal resolutions are Nassau, Schenectady, Suffolk, Tompkins, and Westchester.
The website www.nysaferesolutions.com has been monitoring daily the number of counties and towns that have been introducing and passing resolutions against the NY SAFE Act. This webpage also has a Facebook presence, popular among Tea Party activists and lawful gun owners in New York.
The NY SAFE Act is one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country and in the history of New York State. Regarded as the “most comprehensive” gun control legislation by Governor Cuomo and its supporters, this new law “Bans all pre-1994 high capacity magazines; Bans any magazine that can hold over 7 rounds (down from a limit of 10); and mandates real time background checks of ammunition purchases in order to alert law enforcement of high volume buyers,” according to the governor’s website.
When the bill was being debated on the floor of the Democratic-majority New York State Assembly, the toughest opposition came from Tea Party-favored conservative Republicans. “This law gives criminals a 60 day window to wrap up their crimes without increased penalties buts slams law abiding citizens today. That makes a lot of sense,” said Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R-Melrose) upon the passage of the bill.
Assemblyman McLaughlin garnered national attention during the debate when he revealed a 15-point list of anti-Second Amendment proposals that Democrats lobbied to be included in the final NY SAFE Act, but were not incorporated. Among those rejected proposals were the following:
• confiscation of all firearms labeled “assault weapons”
• a statewide firearms registry
• microstamping of all guns in New York State
• individual possession and purchase limits on firearms and ammunition
On January 16, 2013, the day after Governor Cuomo signed the NY SAFE Act into law, McLaughlin released a statement entitled, “Moscow would be proud of New York,” comparing Cuomo’s NY SAFE Act to the gun control legislation of the Soviet Union. “Moscow would be proud of our state Legislature and Executive Chamber, but every New Yorker should be outraged,” McLaughlin said. “This bill will do nothing to make New York safer, while doing much to endanger the safety of law-abiding citizens. Criminals, as they always do, will ignore this law.”
That same day, the town of Truxton, in Cortland County, NY, became the first municipality in the state to pass a resolution formally expressing its opposition and request to repeal the law. Short and straightforward, the town of Truxton’s resolution reads:
WHEREAS, the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms is guaranteed as an Individual Right under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and under the Constitution of the State of New York, and;
WHEREAS, the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms for defense of Life, Liberty, and Property is regarded as an Inalienable Right by the People of the Town of Truxton, New York, and:
WHEREAS, the People of the Town of Truxton, New York, derive economic benefit from all safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting, and shooting conducted within the Town of Truxton using all types of firearms allowable under the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of New York, and;
WHEREAS, the Town of Truxton Board, being elected to represent the People of the Town of Truxton and being duly sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of New York, and;
WHEREAS, the New York Assembly and the New York Senate, being elected by the People of the State of New York and being duly sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of New York, and;
WHEREAS, the legislation passed by the New York State Legislature infringes on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and bans the possession and use of firearms now employed by individual citizens of the Town of Truxton, New York, for defense of Life, Liberty and Property and bans the possession and use of firearms now legally owned for safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting and shooting conducted within the Town of Truxton, New York;
NOW, THEREFORE, IT BE AND IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the Town of Truxton Town Board, do hereby oppose the enactment of any legislation that would further infringe upon the Right of the People to keep and bear arms and consider such laws to be unconstitutional and beyond lawful Legislative Authority.
On January 23, Herkimer County became the first county in the state to pass a resolution opposing the NY SAFE Act and calling for the governor and the state legislature to “set aside and annul this ill conceived and poorly drafted statute which abridges the rights of law abiding citizens of the State of New York.”
The village of Ilion, located in Herkimer County, is home of one of the two production sites for Remington Arms Company, where many of the company’s firearms are manufactured. Shortly after Herkimer County passed its resolution, Madison and Oswego counties joined the rank of state counties denouncing the NY SAFE Act.
By February 13, six additional counties had passed anti-NY SAFE resolutions. These new counties included Ulster, Lewis, Warren, Washington, Madison, and Oswego. Since then, the movement to repeal the NY SAFE Act has taken off like wildfire.
New Yorkers all across the state are sending a message, not just to Governor Cuomo but also to President Obama, that they do not approve of or intend to comply with any laws, acts, measures, orders, rules, or regulations that restrict their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
The Ulster County resolution, while expressing disapproval and a call to repeal the NY SAFE Act, is also intended to send a message to the federal government. Upon passage of Ulster County’s resolution, copies of it were sent to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Representative Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), Governor Andrew Cuomo, and to the state senators and assemblymen who represent the county in Albany.
Wayne County’s anti-NY SAFE resolution, which has also passed, reads in part, “By and large, we find the legislation does little more then negatively impact lawful gun ownership.” The resolution continues, “This legislation fails to offer any meaningful solutions to gun violence and places increased burdens where they do not belong, squarely on the backs of law-abiding citizens.”
Wayne County residents attended the meeting when the resolution was brought to a vote. John Piczkur the chairman of the Wayne County Chapter of the Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE), told county lawmakers, “This law arrogantly dictates how I should defend my family. Criminals are to blame [for the violence], not law-abiding citizens.”
Also present at the meeting was Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts. He too expressed his disapproval of the state law. “Appropriate people should have guns and inappropriate people should not,” Virts said. “This law won’t solve the problem.”
County lawmakers have received an outpouring of support from both law-abiding gun owners and law enforcement officials alike. The sheriffs of Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Greene, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, and Schuyler counties, as well as the Deputy Sheriffs Association of Steuben County and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, have all come out against the NY SAFE Act.
Vocalizing his opposition to the law and any proposals to disarm or confiscate peoples’ firearms, Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman posted the following statement on the Schuyler County sheriff’s Facebook page:
I have heard from many people over the past few days regarding New York’s new gun law. I want to assure every resident of Schuyler County, that neither myself, nor any Deputy Sheriff from the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office will be coming to take your firearms from you. I believe in our rights under the Second Amendment, and the protections or our citizens under the Fourth Amendment. I do support portions of the new law such as penalties for killing our First Responders, and protecting our schools. This law was rushed through the State Legislature, without the time period needed for rebuttle and discussion by both sides of the issue. I hope that the way that this law was presented and passed, isn’t the new “norm” in Albany. I want to thank our local representatives Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano for voting “No” and protecting our rights.
Thank you. — Sheriff Bill Yessman
Despite the law’s enactment, it has virtually little to no support from the state’s county municipalities and little backing from local sheriffs. The Essex County Sheriff’s Office also released a strong statement expressing their disapproval and unwillingness to stand behind the new law.
“The recent NY Safe Act gun legislation is one of the most controversial pieces of law that I have seen in over 35 years of law enforcement experience,” said the Essex County Sherriff’s Office. “I can assure you that I have no intention of going door to door to pick up any weapons legally owned by any Essex County residents, nor does any other Sheriff in New York State.”
The sheriff also provided various criticisms about the shortcomings of gun control and its relationship to violent crimes: “Violent crime is related to a willingness to resort to violence not the presence of guns or weapons.” The message continued, “It makes no more sense to demonize weapons based on appearance than it does to demonize a car for DWI accidents or a deck of cards for gambling addiction.”
The county municipalities and their local sheriffs are the government officials who are closest to the people, and they seem to have a better understanding of what the law can and cannot do. Unlike most of their counterparts in Albany and Washington, they have a deeper appreciation and regard for the Constitution of the United States.
If an anti-Second Amendment state gun control law is garnering this much opposition from the people, their municipal governments, and local sheriffs in New York State, Washington will have an even tougher time implementing, much less enforcing, its own federal gun control legislation across the country. If it cannot work and will not work in New York, by the consent of the people and their local law enforcement, then it is not likely to succeed elsewhere in the country.
Governor Cuomo, much like President Obama, has awaken the silent majority in New York, and this majority will continue to fight until the NY SAFE Act is gone from the state’s law books.
March 29, 2013
Jennifer Montalto, owner of Jenny-Lu’s bakery in Middlebury, CT is receiving some backlash for baking a pro 2nd Amendment cake for a local Friends of NRA birthday dinner.
Elizabeth Mais wanted to order her husband Bill an AR-15 crafted cake for his 51st birthday, but she was turned down by a number of local bakers who didn’t approve of her idea. Determined to find someone to create the highly detailed dessert, Mais came across Montalto who said she had no problem creating the sporting rifle cake with a ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag draped on top. “I don’t think about politics when I’m doing my cakes,” she said Tuesday. “A friend contacted me about it because they couldn’t find anyone to make it… It was a challenge.”
After creating the cake Montalto received some hate online via Facebook and Yelp reviews (which have since been removed). She was labeled “insensitive” and guilty of “ridiculing the tragedy in Newtown.”
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