The Controversial S.A.F.E. Act law enacted over a year ago by Governor Cuomo and passed in an unorthodox manner by 43 New York State Senators had a deadline for gun registration 15 April 2014. That date will lapse with at last count of more than one million firearms owners of the weapon types prohibited by this law; will go unregistered according to recent news reports.
“This year April 15 is more than the tax deadline for an estimated one million New York State residents. It’s also the deadline to register “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. If they don’t, they’ll begin living outside the law. A lot of them have decided to do just that. They’ve decided to practice civil disobedience even though failure to register an “assault weapon” by the deadline is punishable as a “class A misdemeanor,” which means a maximum sentence of one year in prison.” [Frank Miniter, Forbes ]
Gun rallies in Albany and around the state attracted New Yorker’s by the thousands, many of them not even gun – owners or enthusiast, but simply offended and afraid of a government in Albany masquerading an agenda driven gun-grab as public safety, by passing an unconstitutional law.
The firearms debate was settled in 1791 with the ratification of the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution. The 2nd Amendment holds a prominent place in the national founding charter to make abundantly clear to one and all, then, now, and in generations to come, that its’ intent is to safeguard the public from the government, making it an ‘inalienable’ right.
The Cuomo S.A.F.E. act is a transparent attempt to work around that right by redefining what a legal firearm is and is not by such things as whether or not it has a forward hand grip or not. If it has a hand grip, it is considered an “assault” weapon, used in the context of a verb, not a noun. Remove the offensive hand grip, and now it is rendered S.A.F.E. act compliant, according to our brilliant New York Constitutionally challenged law makers.
Facts stubbornly boomerang back around up side their head, when the sad truth of every mass murder attack occurred at the hands of the deranged, heavily over-medicated, evil inspired miscreant on victims, that each and everyone, in each and every case, where unarmed in obedience to the gun law than disarmed them and left them prey to a predator. The false promise of “the government will protect you” is iconically represented by the chalk outline on the ground where the victim lay dying waiting for that failed promise.
New Yorker’s have resoundingly rejected the S.A.F.E. Act law because it is simply wrong. It offers neither societal security nor personal freedom. The real question that no one is asking but here in this article is; “what is the intent of the law?”
If the intent of the law was to protect the law abiding New Yorker from the criminal, who gets guns illegally and uses them in the commission of a crime against the unarmed citizen, then it has not worked.
If the intent of the law is to minimize potential casualties, by removing pistol grips and limiting round capacity, that too doesn’t work.
If the intent of the law is make the law abiding safe from the violent criminal, by disarming the law – abiding, and promising more punishment to the criminal; then by design alone, necessitates a victim. So, that doesn’t work either.
Let’s examine the outcome of the law instead. The precise moment the S.A.F.E. Act passed, it criminalized nearly 5 million law abiding New Yorkers, who woke up criminals, as defined by their Governor and 43 State Senators, to include law enforcement officers, retired law enforcement officers, along with the formerly law abiding security professionals.
The S.A.F.E. Act created more criminals by the stroke of pen in one moment, than at any time in the history of crime in New York State. Imagine that; suddenly 5 million New Yorkers were rendered criminals by their own government.
Yet, in reality, it did not stop one violent criminal with the intent to commit a murder or armed robbery, at any time from its’ passage to the time you are reading this article. That renders this law as one of the most egregiously, ill thought out pieces of legislation by the Cuomo Administration in particular, and New York legislative history, ever.
In the face of pending court challenges, a Governor’s race in the making, along with Congressional seats up for grabs, the nervous politicians on the left do not want to make a media feeding frenzy about otherwise law abiding people, arrested for having firearms passed down to them by their parents and grandparents, because as some do not realize, were rifles designed as far back as the 19th century, making them heirlooms, from two World Wars, onward. Now, Governor Cuomo is saying get rid of Grand-Dad’s guns or go to jail. Register Dad’s hunting rifle or the State Police will knock down your door, invade your home, and take it and you, away. All with the good intention to protect you of course.
If the federal government were forced to stand down to a few hundred armed cowboys on horseback in Nevada wanting their cows back, imagine what one million plus New Yorker’s, spread out all over the state, can potentially do if threatened with harm or jail for owning a gun, not to mention what 5 million formerly criminalized voters will do at the voting booth come election day.
The private ownership of firearms, infringed by the government debate, was settled with the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights in 1791. The memory of the American Minute -Man ready to battle any foreign invader or a tyrannical government in their own time, still fresh in their memory, injected it into the national psyche for future generations to recall in times such as these. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed resounds today, more resolute by the pure defiance of more than a million strong in the State of New York. Remember, the intent of the Bill of Rights is to limit government power over the people, not the inverse.
Heed this warning, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo, 43 NY State Senators; the ballot box will determine your grip on political power election day by 5 million you offended. The well armed, trained and fearless American citizen determines their own freedom, with no need of permission by you now or ever, so long as they affirm their rights as a freedom loving people, through their willingness to defend and preserve it, as valorously did the Minute Men at Lexington and Boston. If such a time should reoccur, where an onerous elite would seek to disarm and enslave free people; then arise they will again, in New York, and with more than deer hunting on their minds. Repeal the S.A.F.E. Act. Stand down.