NY State politicians are rushing to tyrannical rule with this crippling gun control legislation. Every genocide of the twentieth century was preceded by major gun-control legislation that facilitated the confiscation of weapons from the targeted victims. The most important thing we can do to prevent future genocides, say the authors, is to eliminate gun-control laws from the arsenal of government weapons against the rights of the people.
Where is the outcry .....dead men walking. Why the rush? If the female principal at Newtown who lunged at the gunman had had a weapon, things would have ended differently.
Outlawing guns will not deter criminals who will not hesitate to obtain illegal guns. It will just render the populace more defenseless.
Ignored is the fact that the shooter in Connecticut was stopped by a person using a legal firearm.
The problem is not guns. The problem is our societal glorification of violence and death. We need to recover love of life and respect for human beings in the society, and teach such things in schools. Our societal nihilism is what leads to these attacks.
If the left hadn't abolished mental health institutions (they were "cruel") and forced the mentally ill to live in the streets or at home, things would have ended differently. Some time in the late 20th century the left gave psychiatric hospitals a very bad name; institutionalizing someone became "the bogeyman." These hospitals were closed, and we basically tossed our mentally ill onto the street. We medicated them and then threw them to the wolves. Now we’re raising a generation of mentally ill children, with limited mental health resources and a system whose hands are tied until AFTER the tragedy happens.
Instead, our elected officials who are incapable of getting anything done are exploiting the death of children to push through uber left anti-second amendment legislation. Loud Talker said:
The immediate reaction in social media was to blame guns, to instantly politicize this, to post death threats to NRA members, to call for stricter gun laws and to exploit this tragedy for political gain. Many people are ignoring the mental health aspect. And even more are ignoring how to better prepare our society for this in the future."Pulling the trigger on gun control" WND, December 24, 2012
If anti-gun logic were to hold true, in a list of state rankings for firearms murders you would expect to see the weakest states at the top, and you would certainly not expect to see the toughest states anywhere in the rankings, right?
-------------There are no gun control laws that could have prevented the massacre in Newtown. The late Mrs. Lanza may have made a horrible mistake if she did not have her guns properly locked away. But we don’t know this, and given that her son lived with her he may have known how to unlock and gain access to them. But even if he couldn’t get to them he could easily have acquired weapons elsewhere, or could have taken a different approach to carry out his plan, such as explosives, fire, poison, etc.
Senator on NY Gun Legislation: The Only Thing We're Saving is Governor Cuomo's Presidential Aspirations Mental Recession
The Times Union reports:
But the content of the legislation is taking a back seat to the imaginary need to get it passed as quickly as possible. The state Senate passed the measure without any debate on the bill, and Governor Cuomo has dispensed with the three-day public review law in an attempt to avoid public debate on the topic.The NY SAFE Act would adjust the definition of a banned assault rifle so that any single characteristic — such as a telescoping stock, flash suppressor, bayonet attachment or pistol grip — on a semiautomatic rifle would render it illegal. Existing weapons would be grandfathered in, but their ownership could not be transferred.A statewide registry of these guns would be created, and the county-by-county process for issuing handgun permits would also be standardized and centralized. In a change to the state's Freedom of Information Law, permit applicants would be able to request their name and address not be released — a point that arose after the Journal News in Westchester County last month published a list of the names and addresses of pistol permit holders.The maximum capacity of an ammunition magazine would be reduced from 10 rounds to seven, and a current exemption for clips manufactured before 1994 will end.Private sales of firearms, which now proceed unfettered, would require a background check through a licensed dealer, putting those transactions in line with current purchasing requirements for rifles and shotguns.At the urging of Republicans in the Senate, the bill also stiffens penalties for people who use guns criminally. It would also include an expansion of mental health providers' ability to commit those found to be a danger to the public — another GOP priority — under what's known as Kendra's Law.
Warner Todd Huston writes:
Sadly Huston is correct, not only has the bill been forced upon New Yorkers with not so much as a discussion, but a dozen Republicans in the Senate went along with it.... weekend dealmaking behind closed doors resulted in a bill that has bipartisan support, but the full legislature has not yet had a chance to see the back room-written legislation.New York State has a constitutional amendment that requires a three-day public review of all laws before they are allowed to take effect. However, this bill's backroom deal makers are urging anti-gun Governor Cuomo to issue a "message of necessity" that would cancel the three-day review period.Further discussion will continue behind closed doors and away from the light of public view.
Despite Republicans willingness to bow to the governor on this legislation, and emotionally respond to a topic that requires level-headed thinking, criticism of these tactics has been strong. New York Post editor Fred Dicker, a normally reliable ally and current biographer for the governor, ripped these latest measures.
New Yorkers thus far, have only had a minor defense of their Constitutional freedoms on display during the process. Only two Republicans took to the floor of the Senate to speak on the bill. Greg Ball said the measure should have contained a greater overhaul of the state's mental health systems, and indicated the final product would be nothing more than a burden on law-abiding gun owners.
Ball added, "We haven’t saved any lives tonight, except for one: the political life of a governor who wants to be president. I voted no, and I only wish I could have done it twice.”
Ball is right - the perceived urgency of the legislation is completely non-existent. In reality, the Governor was simply hoping to beat vice-President Joe Biden to the punch when it comes to meaningful action on gun control, second amendment freedoms be damned. And Cuomo is about to score a significant political victory. President Obama is expected to announce the recommendations of Biden's gun commission later this week.
Meanwhile, the other Republican to speak on the bill was Kathy Marchione, who is now hosting a petition on her web site in an attempt to show "strong public support for preserving our Constitutional freedoms".
Sadly, there are few politicians left who have taken an interest in defending our Constitutional freedoms.