To the Valley News:
I see Mr. Gary P. Guido (letter to the editor Feb. 2) did not answered my question as to “Why legal law abiding gun owners must be punished with these new laws” nor has anyone “Before you ask for our guns I ask you take a deep breath and think.” Laws should be written and enacted, not on emotions but for the good and best interest of the people as a whole, without trampling our Constitutional rights. You also need to read the article (editorial) written in the Times of Ti Jan. 26 titled “Cuomo’s gun law will do little to prevent further violence.”
Mr. Guido states “there will still be deranged people out there who will unfortunately kill, but just like the coming of a new day we can’t stop it” so he concedes that there is no way to stop this type of carnage yet he believes the best and only way to stop these people is with stricter gun laws for law abiding legal gun owners? Is that not an unintelligent statement? That our days will be “brighter and safer?” Where is the deterrent to stop them (deranged and the criminals)? Could it be our judicial system is screwed up by not keeping the criminals and deranged people locked up or getting them the help they need? The mental health laws in place now need to be changed for as they stand now they protect only the mentally ill’s rights and not the public and too many fall between the cracks. We need a better way to protect not only our children but ourselves from these people without infringing on our constitutional rights or theirs.
We have an assault weapon ban in NYS it is still in effect from the 1994 AWB which was not reinstated in 2004 and in 2004 critical review of research on firearms by a National Research Council http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_National_Research_Council panel also noted that academic studies of the assault weapon ban ‘did not reveal any clear impacts on gun violence’ and noted ‘due to the fact that the relative rarity with which the banned guns were used in crime before the ban ... the maximum potential effect of the ban on gun violence outcomes would be very small.”
You ask who is asking for our guns. Do you read the news, watch television or listen to the radio? What do you think these laws entail? Do you even have a clue or are you just talking to talk? Apparently you didn’t see what Gov. Cuomo wanted in our new bill (and did not get); it was to confiscate our weapons. Sen. (Diane) Feinstein is putting forth a bill in which, assault weapons (all), rifles (some), pistols/handguns and shot guns will be illegal to own but police and government officials may own them. The one she wants to pass but knows it won’t is to ban guns altogether. No one minds the background or the NICS check, it is the weapons and ammo we wish to purchase or have that will be kept in a data base that I mind. It’s none of the government’s business or yours to which weapons I own, how many or how much ammo I purchase and who are you or they to tell me it is? Why does the government or you for that matter think you have the right to tell me how many rounds I can have in my clip or magazine or what gun I can purchase? Since I am a responsible gun owner do you not think I know how many rounds I might need? Do you know what the Second Amendment even states (hint: it has nothing to do with hunting) “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” and upheld by the Supreme Court. The governors, senators, congress and other legislators take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America which includes the Second Amendment. Something they need to remember. If I do not break the law or haven’t broken the law what does it matter what I own? It is an insult to me and impugns my reputation as a responsible law abiding citizen and gun owner.
Lorraine Kovarovic, Schroon Lake