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Wayne Post
  • RICHARD BLAKESLEY: Gun law won’t make anyone safer

  • Prior to the passage of the misnamed NY Safe Act, I was favorably disposed toward Gov. Cuomo. After his State of the State address, I could see he is just gearing up for a 2016 presidential run by pandering to his parties left wing authoritarians.

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  • Prior to the passage of the misnamed NY Safe Act, I was favorably disposed toward Gov. Cuomo. After his State of the State address, I could see he is just gearing up for a 2016 presidential run by pandering to his parties left wing authoritarians.
    In one form or another. Supporters of this law say "it is not about taking anyone's rights away, it's about keeping the public safe.”
    Yes it is and no it won't. Even the New York State Sheriffs Association says so.
    You would think civil rights groups, the ACLU and open government groups would be up in arms (no pun intended) about the way this act was passed. Not much so far. The governor, two legislative leaders and a few aides met in a weekend secret secession, put it together, passed it on to the rank and file. Told them don't read it, debate it or wait for public input, just pass it. With few exceptions the Albany duma sheep did so, including my state senator, Ted O’Brien.
    Here are some real questions you should ask your governor and legislators. Can you look me straight in the eye and tell me with the passage of this act:
    - Will I be able to walk the streets in any place, at anytime, in any city from Buffalo, to Albany, to New York City in complete safety? If not, why did you pass this law?
    - Why do you call it gun violence instead of what it is, people violence?
    - Why is it a greater crime kill someone with a gun then say with an ax?
    - Why did the state sentence a person to 17 years for beating his grandma to death with a hammer, then turn him loose? He then kills three people, and you now want to ban guns?
    - Why is it a greater crime for someone to kill a policeman or a first responder than it is anyone else. Are we not all supposed to be equal under the law?
    Here's a real gun law: Rescind all existing gun laws and replace with a new law based on the Second Amendment stating that all legal citizens have an inherent right to own any and all types of firearms without restrictions, except full automatics, underage persons, convicted felons and people found to have mental defects determined by court hearings. Require free full background checks based on the present handgun laws for any and all firearms.
    No extra taxes except for standard sales could be imposed on firearms of any type. During the background check no special restrictions could imposed, no police official, court official or any other person could hold up the process except for those restrictions previously outline. The background check must be finished within three months. Once the firearm license has been issued, the citizen may carry that weapon loaded, unloaded, concealed or in the open in and place within New York.
    Page 2 of 2 - No citizen can be charged with a crime or held responsible for injury caused by a legally owned weapon used in protecting person or property.
    Committing a crime with a weapon (any weapon): No injury, add 10 years to sentence; injury, no death, add 25. These additions would be mandatory, exempt from plea bargains and served without parole; crime resulting in death of any person, mandatory death sentence, no plea bargain allowed. One judicial review and one appeal within one year, then sentence to be carried out within 30 days.
    Finally, all elected officials, their staff and appointed officials must undergo the same background checks as firearm owners.
    Richard Blakesley lives in East Bloomfield.
     

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