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Is the SAFE Act a good idea?

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Last month the Post Journal, in Jamestown, N.Y., reported an incident about a man who was apprehended fleeing from a domestic dispute. It further stated that he was found in possession of an illegal firearm with 13 rounds in the magazine, a violation of the New York SAFE Act.

Well, duh! Did the architects of the SAFE Act really expect the criminal element to just roll over and register their “assault” type weapons, get a background check prior to “acquiring” a weapon or limiting their magazines to seven rounds? This man didn’t care about N.Y. law prior to this act, which limited magazines to 10 rounds, and he didn’t care about N.Y. laws after. He is a criminal! If he had broken into the home of a legal firearm owner the homeowner would have been outgunned nearly two to one!

Governor Cuomo’s protection detail, as all law enforcement, is exempt from the limits on high capacity magazines. They can protect themselves from criminals, but John Q. Public can’t. Law enforcement is there to protect us from the criminal element? “Seconds count when law enforcement is minutes away.”

The Governor has gone on record considering forcible confiscation of weapons. Prohibition didn’t work with alcohol and it won’t work with firearms. As locks only keep honest people out, when you outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns.

Washington D.C., Chicago and Detroit have some of the most restrictive firearms laws in the nation and the highest crime rates. Why? Because the criminal element has been emboldened by the fact that they don’t fear an armed citizenry.

Sandy Hook was a tragedy as was the shooting near Rochester in December of 2012. Each of these acts occurred at the hands of a lone mentally unstable person. The Rochester incident involved a mentally ill man who was on parole for murder. Why was he ever put back on the street? N.Y. State made this mistake, but we have to pay for it!

President Ronald Reagan once stated, “When dictators come to power, the first thing they do is take away the people’s weapons.” Hitler did it and I fear that this is the direction this state and this nation are heading. This ill-conceived SAFE Act has to go, and so do the politicians who voted for it.

I want to thank the Springville Journal for their willingness to print both sides of the firearm story.

David Bastion
Jamestown


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