For some time, I have been an advocate of the NY SAFE Act, although not in its entirety as currently written.
However, for both personal and practical reasons, I have had to reconsider the issues of folks keeping and using semi-automatic assault firearms. Weapons with the same capacities, using the same ammo as military versions but not fully automatic.
Seeing news of towns and cities being hit by severe storms, hurricanes, tornados, floods, droughts and news of all kinds of events that lead to the breakdown of civil society and law and order, such as earthquakes, massive power outages, the potential for disaster from volcanic activity, firestorms, tsunamis, meteors hitting earth. We as human beings are very susceptible to unplanned, unprepared for, devastating events in our communities, whether man made, natural or both. Although, some of these events are rare, others are happening in ever greater frequency these days.
The point is that these events can and do lead to the breakdown of civil society and law/order. It is then incumbent, in such events, and the responsibility of each citizen, those capable adults, male and female, to organize neighborhood militias, or watches if you will, in order to keep law and order until such time as relieved by government authorities.
Armed as necessary, with AR-15s, AK-47s, or whatever they can bring to the meeting after such a catastrophe. To organize and ensure fellow citizens are protected, fed, watered, sheltered as best as possible, without worry of further mayhem and loss due to out-of-control outlaws, bad characters or predatory gangs.
Since these would be the types of firearms bad guys would be bringing to the party, I would definitely want to be able to win by superior firepower myself. The neighborhood militia would be necessary to patrol the homes, streets and neighborhoods that still exist after a disaster until such time as law enforcement or the National Guard arrives on the scene.
I still believe that folks should register firearms and that laws should be on the books and enforced. But if someone wants to keep several 30-round magazines in their gun cabinet or whatever, then it may be prudent to let these possible future saviors in the event of social chaos keep them just in case of such a crisis.
I can totally support and understand the idea of citizens banding together in ad hoc community militias in the event of disasters, hopefully with some former military and/or law enforcement types, somebody with some training, taking charge and keeping folks from tearing each other apart while banding together for mutual support and protection.
Frank J. Thies