To the Editor:
Kudos to the Valley News for it’s editorial exploring key issues surrounding New York’s recent gun law which more accurately should be called the New York Citizen Disarmament Law.
This legislation, rushed onto the books by a heavily Democrat-controlled State Legislature, and passed in the dead of night without public comment or discussion demonstrates precisely why the founders wrote the second amendment in the first place.
The founders understood that ambition motivates many politicians and wanted to guarantee that the citizenry had the means to protect itself from abuses of a tyrannical government (see Federalist 28, 29 and 51). It had nothing to do with how many bullets it takes to kill a deer or how many bullets are allowed in a clip.
As we are witnessing, government today is no less inclined to abuse it’s power than in the days of King George III. Andrew Cuomo’s objective had less to do with promoting public safety than it had to do with promoting his own towering ambition and burnishing his credentials as the Democratic candidate for the 2016 presidential nomination.
The real issues surrounding the Citizen Disarmament Law are it’s constitutionality and more pointedly what constitutes “infringement:; but the Constitution has never stood in the way of a progressive democrat with an opportunity. Those New York legislators who voted in favor of the law (mostly progressive democrats) either believed it was constitutional but more likely, never even considered the constitution in their haste to strike while the emotional “iron” was hot. To their great credit, State Senator Little and local Assembly members Stec and Duprey voted against Andrew the Magnificent’s gun grab law. I would hope that they and others who voted against the bill would find a way to challenge it on the grounds that it is unconstitutional and infringes on the “right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
Ted Hohn, Willsboro