I read with interest Jerry Moores column of Jan. 8 regarding the SAFE Act. There is much to say, but I will keep this to the point.
We as citizens are expected to follow all laws and rules. It is reasonable for the citizens to expect the government to also follow the rules.
There is a reason criminals do not follow the rules. By not following the rules, you get away with something that you should not do. This allows individuals to further their agenda, criminal or political.
The New York State Legislature saw fit to not follow the rules in passing the oppressive SAFE Act. The excuse for using the message of necessity to pass this law in the middle of the night had nothing to do with the so-called purchase of a particular device. The purpose was to deny citizen their right to participate in the legislative process.
Do you really believe that registering a particular gun prevents it from being used in a crime by a criminal? The national assault weapon ban didnt and was discontinued.
Do you really believe that preventing responsible citizens from owning large-capacity magazines will keep them out of the hand of criminals? Do you really believe restricting law-abiding, taxpaying citizens to seven rounds in their gun will prevent a criminal from loading up?
Do you really believe that a citizen should have to pay a $20 background check fee to purchase a $5 box of ammunition? Do you really believe that preventing an individual from inheriting his or her grandfathers firearm will prevent a criminal from using a firearm in a crime?
You are correct that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the states have the right to impose reasonable regulations on gun purchases and ownership. We the people, Second Amendment supporters, agree as long as it is reasonable.
The SAFE Act is not reasonable. It is an infringement on the Second Amendment and will be challenged all the way to the Supreme Court. As for us citizens, we will work hard to defeat any and all elected officials who voted for and/or supported the passage of this oppressive law.
The author is a member of the Northern New York Freedom Fighters.