The history of gun control in New York State begins with
a corrupt politician (Sullivan) introducing and pushing through the state house a bill designed to disarm law abiding citizens. History teaches us that Mr. Sullivan was on the payroll of organized crime in Red Hook and introduced his bill to disarm the law abiding citizen because merchants who traveled with goods through Red Hook were defending themselves against armed robbers with arms of their own. Too many criminals were being killed or injured for the taste of the crime bosses of the day.
My ex-wife and I were robbed at gunpoint in the 7th Avenue Subway Station in Park Slope, less than 3 blocks from a police station.
My wife was robbed at gunpoint on the subway train between stations in Manhattan.
The front door of my coop apartment in Park Slope was forced open and my wife and I were robbed of more than $25,000 worth of property, including every piece of jewelry I had given my wife over 15 years of dating and marriage and my wedding ring and class ring from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. I am very thankful that my wife was not home when the bad guy(s) forced in our door because in New York it is impossible for a law abiding citizen to protect themselves.
Criminals are bold in New York because they know law abiding citizens will not be able to defend themselves. Former mayor Giuliani, while trying to make a case for more restrictions on private ownership of firearms, in a recent interview on New York 1 (NY1) on Time Warner Cable in New York City, made the very accurate statement that in New York City only criminals have guns!
The current state of laws pertaining to firearm ownership in New York makes the law abiding citizen unable to defend himself from criminals. Just as important the founders of this country believed that the populace at large needed to have the ability to arm themselves for common defense and to prevent the government from becoming abusive of the people.
I would ask you to review documents written by our founding fathers over 200 years ago. Read the Constitution of the United States of America. Read the Bill of Rights. Read the letters and papers written on the subject in the 1770's and 1780 by the founders of our republic and framers of the Constitution and BIll of Rights.
History has shown us that making it harder, or as in the case of Chicago until recently, impossible for a law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is the same as protecting criminals. Chicago is one of the highest crime zones in the nation, and has a very high level of crime involving firearms. The criminals do not care that when they want to rob, rape, or murder that it is a an additional crime to have a gun!
Much has been made of the Newtown, CT shootings in the media and by politicians looking at further ways to disarm the American Public.
What many people fail to note is that the Newtown shooting, like the shooting in Colorado in the recent past were both in so called gun free zones. These areas would more correctly be labeled as criminal safe zones. They are criminal safe because the armed bad guy knows there will be no one there with the ability to defend themselves and fellow citizens.
While the shooting of the first responders to the fire upstate recently was tragic it also points out that when a criminal wants to obtain a firearm he will. The shooter was a convicted felon. He had lost his right to keep and bear arms upon being convicted of a felony. He was intent on murder and mayhem and it did not matter to him that he was committing an additional crime by obtaining a firearm.
I am not sure if it is the media or the politicians that are attempting to re-define terms with relation to firearms, but in spite of what media and politicians are saying these days there are no assault weapons in the hands of the general public and it is not legal for the general public to own such weapons. The AR-15 is NOT AN ASSAULT WEAPON. Assault weapons are fully automatic weapons which keep spitting out rounds down range as long as the trigger is held. An M16 is a fully automatic weapon used by the United States Military, and is classified as an assault weapon. The AR-15 while it shares the look and handling qualities, and accuracy of the M16 and M4 military weapon is not fully automatic. Other than it's look is no different from more traditional looking wooden stocked riffles in terms of ballistics and rate of fire.
To be totally accurate and factual there are a very few fully automatic firearms in the hands of private citizens, but these arms were sold prior to the federal laws which prohibit ownership of automatic weapons by the public and to legally own such weapons one must possess a federal permit which requires an extensive background check and a very high Tax STAMP. None of those assault weapons has been used in a recorded crime. Law abiding citizens do not use firearms to commit crimes because they do not commit crimes. The federal ban on fully automatic weapons in the hands of the civil populace came as a result of the Valentines Day Massacre in Chicago.
The thought at the time was that by banning these weapons that organized crime would be stopped. History teaches us that it did not work. And government studies show that the 1994 Assault Weapons ban did not work!
Please do not support actions to take away our basic HUMAN RIGHT to defend ourselves. Don't victimize us.