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What to do with unjust laws

Editor:

Most people have already forgotten what happened at Newtown, Conn. Thatís a tragedy! When elementary school children are shot and killed by a mentally unstable individual, we all need to stand up and make our voices heard, by our elected officials. I think that many people figure that our esteemed governor in NYS heard us and reacted, by passing the New York Safe Firearms and Enforcement Act (NY SAFE Act).

Most of us, if not all of us, were duped by Gov. Cuomo. The majority of the new laws enacted by the NY SAFE Act will have little, if any, bearing on reducing violent gun crime in NYS. The statistics prove that placing more firearm laws on law abiding citizens will only increase the crime rate. Two cities with many restrictive gun laws are Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Ill. Both have very high gun crime rates. Chicago, for example, had 74 shooting victims, including 12 deaths, over the five-day Fourth of July holiday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Even some of our past presidents were wise enough to realize that you cannot control gun violence by placing more restrictive gun laws on law-abiding citizens. President Ronald Reagan so wisely noted, after being shot himself, by a mentally unstable individual, ďYou wonít get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens. There is only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up, and if you donít actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time. Itís a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun controllers. I happen to know this, from personal experience.Ē Unfortunately, the NY SAFE Act does not faze criminals. All it does is infringe on our Constitutional right to bear arms.

We all need to send Gov. Cuomo a message. We gun owners are law-abiding people. We own our firearms legally, including our modern rifles, for many reasons. Many of us do hunt big game. Others of us work in dangerous neighborhoods, or fear that those that would harm our families may one day violate the sanctity of our homes. Still others feel they have an obligation to live up to the words of Article XII of the State Constitution, ďThe defense and protection of the state and the United States is an obligation of all persons within the state.Ē

Itís time that our governor realized that he has enacted an unjust set of laws. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, ďIf a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.Ē

Richard Kazmark
Springville


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