I want to own a rifle; it is one that I have always liked. Many of you probably have one and those of us who were in the military “back in the day” trained on it: the AR-15. Oh the reliability and simplicity of its design. I have the cash and the space in the safe, I am over 18, have never been convicted of a felony nor have I renounced my citizenship, yet by law I am forbidden to own this piece of American history. Some might ask how this can be – the Second Amendment protects our right to own and bear arms – however, I live in the State of New York, and with the stroke of a pen, Governor Cuomo stripped my rights to own a certain class of weapons.
The New York Secure Firearm and Ammunition Act of 2013 (SAFE-ACT) struck a blow to gun owners throughout the United States. When a government is allowed to arbitrarily ban the sale of a class of weapons based solely on the appearance of said weapon, require those weapons already owned be registered, and limit the amount of ammunition law-abiding people can purchase, we are on the verge of a total elimination of all gun rights. This issue, which should be of concern to all people, remains as long as this law is allowed to stand. Gun owners throughout this country are at jeopardy of losing their weapons.
[quote_left]”…we are on the verge of a total elimination of all gun rights.”[/quote_left]New York has always been at the forefront of stripping the personal liberties of its citizens, starting in 1911 with the Sullivan Act. This was the first law enacted in the United States that mandated to own a pistol an individual must first be registered with the local police agency. This law made it a felony to possess a weapon without a license and a misdemeanor just to own a weapon. Like the SAFE Act, this law was allegedly in response to a murder-suicide that took place near Gramercy Park; however, much like the SAFE Act, it is believed it was a political move by Sullivan to ensure his bodyguards were armed and his political foes would be left vulnerable. 102 years later, after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, an up-and-coming political person, Governor Andrew Cuomo, passed sweeping legislation that once again leaves the law abiding citizen at a disadvantage, and the criminals better armed.
How does this affect the rest of the nation? As New York has shown, and, to date, the Courts have held mostly intact, a large segment of the population feels rifles with detachable magazines, muzzle brakes, collapsible stocks and other cosmetic characteristics are too dangerous for the average citizen to own and need to be removed from society. As groups petition the White House for “real gun control,” the Brady Foundation and Bloomberg go around the country spending large amounts of cash on a total misinformation campaign, and public responds with increasing pressure on politicians to “do something.” Since NY has passed its law, other states have taken action to ban ‘assault’ weapons, and limit large-capacity magazines.
I understand many people feel this could never happen in their state and the local politicians have their best interest at heart. I am here to tell you until January 15th, 2013, I felt the same way. There are a couple potential challenges coming up regarding the SAFE act, however, in today’s society I am afraid the points are moot, and we have come too far to overturn this sad piece of legislation.
There is a large, growing segment of the population taking a simplistic view of crimes committed with guns. In general, these people are well-educated, professionally employed, and well-spoken. They tend to live in the suburbs and larger metropolitan areas and feel things will always be great, that nothing bad can happen. They have never hunted or attempted to even generally live off the land. Their food is nicely packaged and nothing bad ever happens to them or their little cliques. These same people are the ones who have no idea how to survive when something bad happens.
These people want your firearms, all of them. They “know” you will be safer without them, and in turn feel they will be safer. I have had some of these individuals tell me no one needs to own a gun; the police can be there to save you. These are the same individuals who when Sandy devastated the Eastern Seaboard were screaming because they could not flush the toilet. The Second Amendment of the Constitution was meant to apply to all citizens of this country, but it no longer does. New York and California have the strictest gun laws in the nation, soon to follow will be Connecticut, New Jersey, and a handful of others who are bowing under political pressure.
The days of gun ownership are numbered. It will be done slowly with registrations and bans on certain classes of weapons. It may not happen totally in my life time; however, it will happen. The current political atmosphere and public perception of gun owners is negative. Governor Cuomo has already stated he does not want me in New York because of my “radical” views on gun ownership. He feels “that no one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer,” and he will undoubtedly be on the national ballot within 10 years for President. It is not just in New York; look at conservative areas such as Houston, Dallas, and McAllen in Texas, Colorado, and Utah; the movement is spreading. Hold your guns near; this is what is coming, America, and I am afraid today there is not much we can do to stop it.
I want to own a rifle, but I can’t, and soon you may not be able to either.
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Following his successful career in DRT, he returned to school, graduating with an AS Degree in Business Administration, HR and Law minors. He completed his AS in Paralegal studies in May 2014.
In his off time, Paul enjoys riding motorcycles and is an active member of the Patriot Guard Riders of New York, protecting the sanctity of funerals for military, law enforcement officers, EMS and fire fighters.
On July 4th, 2013, Paul was approached by the Heroes Memorial Foundation, Inc. to assist them with the Granite Mountain Hotshot Team tragedy in Prescott Arizona.Currently he is working as the Public Information Officer responsible for ensuring accurate information is released to news media outlets, and to the appropriate on-line forums.
Paul is currently the town judge of Senaca, NY. Paul is responsible for all media relations regarding Fire & Rescue and Military Heroes.
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